Man, Baltimore had quite a Tuesday. As we awaited word on the outcome of Officer William Porter’s trial, the non-profit Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) released their report detailing Baltimore’s massive sewage spills. For the past five years, over 335 million gallons of untreated sewage has purposefully been released into the Jones Falls River, and ultimately into the Inner Harbor. Even Jayne Miller from WBAL TV news was on the story.
This report spotlighted the sewage problem that’s affected our entire area for decades. During heavy rains, water seeps into our outdated and ancient sewage pipes and backs up, sometimes overflowing onto streets, and intentionally overflowing into the Jones Falls River. Unfortunately for some residents, sewage floods basements after heavy rains. The six key takeaways are below. And there’s hope: Boston completes their sewage retrofit in 2 weeks.