Friday, March 29, 2013
The annual event begins at 9 a.m. at Laurel's Riverfront Park.
From the City of Laurel: Mayor Craig A. Moe is pleased to announce that the City and the Patuxent River Keepers will hold its annual Patuxent River Cleanup at Riverfront Park. The event will take place on Saturday, April 6th at 9 a.m. Interested volunteers can meet at the Avondale picnic area at the end of Avondale Street. School community service forms will be accepted and signed. Mayor Moe is pleased to continue the important relationship with the Patuxent River Keepers and to assist them in keeping this vital water way healthy and thriving. Additional information is available by contacting the Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation at 301-725-7800.
Friday, February 1, 2013
The 26-year-old was pulled from the rising water Thursday in Maryland City.
Police have released the name of a woman found dead Thursday by the banks of the flood-enlarged Patuxent River in Maryland City. The body of Anifa Kiwanuka, 26, was pulled from the water around 11:30 a.m. near the intersection of Laurel Fort Meade Road and Race Track Road, Anne Arundel County police said. The river had climbed well above its normal level after heavy rains prompted the release of water upsteam from the T. Howard Duckett Dam. Authorities were first notified of a body floating in the water by 911 caller, according to police. Firefighters, who were already nearby due to anticipated flooding, retrieved Kiwanuka from the water. Police said Kiwanuka had no fixed address at the time of her death and that the low-lying area where …
"Things went pretty smoothly" as the City of Laurel responded to Thursday's flooding, a spokesman said.
Update, Feb. 1: City of Laurel spokesman Pete Piringer said "things went pretty smoothly" Thursday as police, public works crews, and other emergency responders worked to limit the risk posed by flooding on the Patuxent River. Despite some leftover mud and debris, the MARC commuter lot at the Laurel train station reopened Friday morning after having been closed Thursday. Riverfront Park was set to reopen Friday morning as well. Update, 7:22 p.m.: City of Laurel officials say the Patuxent River is starting to recede in the area after surging significantly on Thursday. The rise in the river's level was caused by the release of water from the T. Howard Duckett Dam made necessary by last night's heavy rains. According to a statement from Mayor…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Heavy rainfall overnight on Wednesday soaked Howard County.
A rain storm that poured down on the county overnight on Wednesday caused flooding, road closures and downed trees. The storm swept through Maryland leaving approximately two inches of rainfall in an 18-hour period, according to National Weather Service (NWS) data. On Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, the Patapsco River rose so high it nearly reached the bridge that leads into Catonsville. Officials closed Main Street in the morning due to flooding and some businesses were dealing with the after-effects. Phoenix Emporium, Great Panes and Discoveries were just some of the Main Street businesses that said they experienced flooding due to the storm. “You get used to it,” said Len Berkowitz, owner of Great Panes, who was cleaning up …
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Mike Leszcz elected to serve as chair of commission.
Laurel Council member Mike Leszcz has been tapped to serve as chair of the Patuxent River Commission. According to a release by the City of Laurel, Leszcz was elected to the position earlier this month and will represent Laurel and other municipalities that abut the Patuxent River Watershed. The PRC is a 34-member, inter-jurisdictional group that was created by legislative action of the Maryland General Assembly in 1980 to address Patuxent River watershed issues. Leszcz last served as the organization's vice chair in 2007. He was appointed to the commission by Gov. Martin O'Malley Councilman Leszcz said in a statement that he is very pleased by the support of the other PRC Commissioners and looks forward to continuing to be a part of the …
Friday, September 23, 2011
Experts say Howard County is one of many jurisdictions that will need to significantly decrease pollution going into local rivers and streams.
Early next month, Howard County Public Works officials will begin laying out the second phase of a Watershed Implementation Plan, which is a roadmap to cleaning the county's waterways and, in turn, the Chesapeake Bay. In December of 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency released a "diet" for the bay–a Total Maximum Daily Load–which calls for a decrease of nitrogen and phosphorous flowing into the bay and its tributaries. Howard Saltzman of the Howard County's Storm Water Management Division says the state of Maryland asked counties to carry out plans to reduce the loads of nutrients that deplete resources in the bay. "The [Watershed Implementation Plan] is going to require us to do a whole lot more than we're doing today," said …
Friday, April 8, 2011
Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman says he wants an explanation from Howard County about pollution in Little Patuxent River.
A local river advocate says the Little Patuxent River continues to be at risk for pollution from industrial waste and an inadequate water treatment facility. Industry and county officials say improvements have already been made. At a Savage Community Association meeting this week, Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman told members that the local wastewater treatment plant in Savage is “a leaky system.” He also said that Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association agreed two years ago to make changes to its wastewater discharge practices at its North Laurel factory but the river remains at risk. Tutman said that river water is leaking into the wastewater treatment pipes carrying raw sewage from the dairy plant. He believes this …