IT'S ALL ABOUT THE RIVER
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the passing of the beloved, Larry Farinetti. He was a past chairman of the board and board member for BRRC as well as the chair for the BRRC Annual Rockfish Tournament for 11 years. He has been a large part of this organization since the beginning, and we will all miss him dearly. He had a passion for this river that was contagious. He and Sue have been constant figures in our community fighting for the health of Back River. He will forever be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. And for Larry, we will continue to fight for what is right and fight for our river, every single day.
Interested in finding out more about the water in your area?
Environmental Health Services (EHS) conducts recreational water sampling, provides water sampling in support of sewer overflow investigations and regulates bathing beaches and public swimming pools for the health and safety of the public. Click here for the Water Sampling Results for the various locations throughout Baltimore County.
Click here to access the MDE page dedicated to the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant, including progress reports, water sampling results, and more.
See all the articles and news reports on the ongoing issues at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant below:
(July 1, 2022) The Baltimore County Department of Health issues a water quality advisory for tidal Back River in the vicinity of Cox's Point. See the statement below.
(June 27, 2022) MDE Issues Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant Biweekly Progress Report, read the report here.
(June 14, 2022) MDE Issues Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant Biweekly Progress Report, read the report here.
(June 10, 2022) MDE issues press release regarding the revised directive and consent order issued for the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant, read the press release here.
(June 10, 2022) MDE issues a consent order regarding the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant, read the order here.
(June 10, 2022) MDE issues a revised directive regarding the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant, read the directive here.
(June 6, 2022) MDE submits a report on Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant, read the report here.
(June 6, 2022) MES submits the full report on Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant, read the report here.
(May 27, 2022) MDE Issues Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant Biweekly Progress Report, read the report here.
(May 14, 2022) MDE Issues Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant Biweekly Progress Report, read the report here.
(April 28, 2022) MDE Issues Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant Biweekly Progress Report, read the report here.
(April 22, 2022) MDE issues public health warning regarding Back River
(March 27, 2022) Secretary Grumbles ordered the Maryland Environmental Service (MES) to take over operations at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant. Read the full order here.
(March 24, 2022) MDE issues 48-hour order to cease all unpermitted discharges, click here to read the full order issues by Secretary of MDE, Ben Grumbles.
Thank you to all of our volunteers who came out to help support our #BaltoCoLitterBlitz cleanup on April 23rd in Hyde Park. Thanks to you all we removed 2,820 pounds of trash!
BRRC Fan Photos
If you have photos of Back River that you would like to share, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know of an area that would be a great location for our next clean up? Send an email to email@example.com and let us know!
*To schedule volunteer or community service hours please call (410) 241-0259 or send an email with your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*For sunken boats, please call DNR at (410) 260-8888.
THE BOOM AT I-695
In 2009, stakeholders for the Tidal Back River Watershed worked together to create a plan for improving the health of the watershed. Many individuals and groups were involved in order to address a variety of areas that relate to the health and well-being of the Tidal Back River Watershed. In February, 2010, a final report regarding the SWAP (Small Watershed Action Plan) for the Tidal Back River Watershed was created. BRRC was a significant stakeholder in this report along with various community groups and governmental agencies. One strategy for improving the tidal basin was the installation of a boom/trash collector south of the beltway. Efforts began to implement this strategy and the Boom at I-695 was operational by April 2011. Five million pounds of litter and debris has been captured and removed by our dedicated boom crew since its inception. This strategy has made a significant impact on the health of the tidal portion of Back River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. For detailed information about the SWAP and our boom, check out our Boom Stats page.
THE BEAUTY OF BACK RIVER
There are many ways in which BRRC gains financial support such as donations and memberships. But we also host fundraising events throughout the year to bring everyone together for our cause, celebrate our victories, and recognize those whose efforts are changing the face of the Tidal Back River. Our fundraising events include a Golf Tournament held in June, a Rockfish Tournament held in September, and a Shrimp Feast held in October. Hosting these types of events are critical in supporting our efforts to cleanup Back River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Check out our Photo Album for pictures of past fundraising events. As always, we thank our attendees for their continued support and enjoyment!
The locations for our cleanup efforts are determined by the communities in which the Tidal Back River Watershed exists. We also target areas of repetitive litter and debris to maintain these areas from becoming worse over time. Without our volunteers and members, our cleanup efforts could not be accomplished. Members of Baltimore County government as well as local businesses also assist and identify areas of concerns. Check out our Photo Album for pictures from previous cleanup efforts. As always, we thank our volunteers, members, local government and businesses for their unyielding effort in helping us cleanup Back River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay!