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Healthy Harbor is Hiring!

July 17, 2014

Recognizing the connection that clean and healthy communities have to the health of our streams, harbor and bay, WPB seeks to hire an outgoing, dynamic, and independent Community Coordinator to engage with a diverse set of neighborhoods, business professionals, and Baltimore City staff to promote clean and healthy neighborhoods in Baltimore City. 

The Community Coordinator will work as part of a team alongside partners from Blue Water Baltimore, Trash Free Maryland, and City government.  She/he will collaborate with neighborhood associations, nonprofit organizations, and City staff to track and improve the cleanliness of target neighborhoods and address issues related to trash, litter and public health.  The Community Coordinator will work with partners to develop and implement a plan to reduce trash and...

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Baltimore Harbor gets an F in new Healthy Harbor Report Card

May 28, 2014

This week the Waterfront Partnership along with Blue Water Baltimore and EcoCheck issued the 2013 Healthy Harbor Report Card.  This report card gives us our first ever comprehensive look at water quality in three specific regions - Baltimore streams, Baltimore Harbor, and the Tidal Patapsco River.

Each of the three regions received a failing grade for water quality.  The Baltimore Harbor received the lowest grade: 51%.  The Tidal Patapsco received a 55% and the streams received a 57%.  The 2013 grades are a small improvement over the 2012 grades in which the Harbor scored 42% and the Tidal Patapsco scored 40%. Streams were not sampled in 2012.

In addition to low water quality scores, the human health assessment was also very poor. Out of all sites sampled, two-thirds of them failed to meet the...

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Solar-Powered Water Wheel Can Devour 50,000 Pounds of Harbor Trash Every Day

May 27, 2014

From Lucy Wang at Inhabitat:

Trash isn't a pretty sight, but Baltimore's new Water Wheel actually makes collecting garbage look cool and fun. Powered by 30 solar panels and the water current, the Water Wheel Trash Inceptor can remove a whopping 50,000 pounds of trash a day--a rate that the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore hopes will make the harbor swimmable by 2020. Designed by Clearwater Mills' John Kellett and Daniel Chase, the solar-powered trash collector generates 2,500 watts of electricity a day, which is enough energy to power the average Maryland home.

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