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EPA helps promote benefits of Clean Water Rule in Maryland


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aquarium, and representatives from industry groups like boaters and brewers came together Wednesday at Baltimore's Inner Harbor to stress the importance of what the Clean Water Rule means to Maryland.

The Clean Water Rule was created to make clearly define the protections outlined in the Clean Water Act with the aim of helping industries and businesses comply more easily and of protecting rivers, streams, and wetlands. The Clean Water Rule returns protections to streams that feed the drinking water sources for nearly four million Marylanders and one in three Americans. Millions of acres of wetlands, vital for flood control and filtering pollutants, will also again be shielded under federal law. Areas included under the newly expanded EPA jurisdiction help control flooding, filter pollutants and provide drinking water for one third of Americans - and approximately 4 million people in Maryland.

"It's important that we protect the quality of water in our lakes and rivers by ensuring that the streams and wetlands that feed them are protected," EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin said. "We need sufficient clean water for drinking water, recreation and to help our economy flourish with manufacturing, farming, tourism, and other economic sectors."

Local business owners at the Inner Harbor event were supportive of the agency's goals and actions under the new regulation, citing the importance of clean drinking water for the state and preserving Chesapeake Bay.


Source: EP Newswire

Anne Arundel County crews repair water main break


Tens of thousands of water customers in the Russett neighborhood of Anne Arundel County lost service for hours Friday [July3]. County officials said crews found the break around 2 a.m. Friday in a wooded area near Lost Creek and Bayou Bend boulevards.

Because the water didn't flow into the streets, it was difficult for crews to find the source of the problem. The 20-inch water main break occurred in three 20-foot segments and was caused by erosion along the Little Patuxent River bank, DPW officials said. The erosion washed away the protective soils around the pipe and exposed it to damage, sending about 1.5 million gallons of water into the river. Heavy equipment was brought in build an access road, make repairs to the pipe and restore the riverbank.

"The riverbank eroded apparently from the high storm events we've had over time, and ... it exposed about 60 feet of pipe, and when that got exposed, it floated and separated those joints, so three joints separated," Public Works Director Chris Phipps said.

About 30,000 customers were affected in the 20724 ZIP code, officials said.

The lack of water also affected area businesses, which posted signs explaining why they were not open. A Burger King restaurant brought in a water tanker so it could serve customers.

Laurel Park canceled simulcasts and live racing. Friday was to be the start of its summer racing season.

"Obviously, we're extremely disappointed that we won't be able to run our opening-day program and our first twilight program of the summer," Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra said in a statement. "We were looking forward to a big day, a great crowd, and the start of an exciting summer program, but our first priority is the safety and health of our horses and our fans.


Source: WBAL TV