Category Archives: Rivers

Ellicott City Floods – The Need to be Proactive

Many of us want to know what we can do to help our neighbors in Ellicott City. We feel a strong need to react to this incident. I am sure there are some short term things that could help reduce … Continue reading

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Road Salt as a Water Quality Issue

This summary was written by Mark Southerland for the Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board. We are all familiar with the use of road salt to melt ice and snow from paved roadways in the winter. There are a variety of … Continue reading

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The River that Caught Fire, 1969 and Today

Excerpted  from Saving the Place We Love. One of the most famous American rivers, from an environmental perspective, is the Cuyahoga, which flows through Akron and Cleveland, Ohio, and

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800 Trout

February/March is that time of year. That time of year when the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) begins stocking our lakes and streams with thousands of 12 inch rainbow trout. I know this because all of a sudden the … Continue reading

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Million Frogs Calling

I wonder at times if the suburban area in which I live is more biodiverse today, or less so, relative to the farmland it once was. Has the onslaught of development left our natural green infrastructure – that we depend … Continue reading

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Ranger Max Considers Trail Etiquette – Guest Post

Max has been a Volunteer Ranger at Maryland’s Patapsco Valley State Park (PVSP) since he retired back in 2010. He made a personal goal of hiking each major trail in the park for the fun of it and so he … Continue reading

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Pack It In/Pack It Out

More and more parks across the country are moving to a policy of encouraging people to take their trash home with them. This is always a good policy. In the case of the parks it is also a cost saving … Continue reading

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Best Places to Visit in Howard County, Maryland

I am often asked “What are the best places to visit right here in Howard County?” This is a tough question because there are so many interesting spots across the county. Visiting them all would literally fill up your weekends for the entire … Continue reading

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Exploring Columbia (Maryland) Walks – What Did We Learn??

I have just completed leading a series of five Exploring Columbia On Foot walks around my home town for our homeowner’s association, The Columbia Association. We had a great time, good weather, and lots of interesting discussion. In order to … Continue reading

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Ned’s Top Ten Canoe Trips in Maryland

This list is just to get you started on your paddling adventures throughout Maryland. At some point you might be good enough to kayak, canoe, or raft down the exciting Savage or Youghiogheny rivers in western Maryland. They can be … Continue reading

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