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Baltimore waterways score poorly on Blue Water Baltimore’s annual report card

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Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Photo by soomness.

Baltimore’s waterways remain in poor health with high levels of salts and chemicals in streams, but bacteria trends are showing signs of improvement in some locations, according to Blue Water Baltimore’s annual report card.

Blue Water Baltimore, a waterway restoration nonprofit, on Wednesday released its 2020 Water Quality Report Card analyzing water quality at 49 monitoring stations in the Baltimore region.

Friends of the Jones Falls, Union Collective plan to implement green infrastructure with $50K grant

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Union Collective Credit: Tedd Henn

Union Collective is going green with the help of the Friends of the Jones Falls advocacy group and a nearly $50,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

In 2017, Union Collective transformed an empty, 155,000-square foot Sears Roebuck warehouse into a business and manufacturing hub in the Medfield neighborhood. The collective is currently home to Union Craft Brewing, the Charmery’s ice cream factory, an Earth Treks indoor rock climbing gym, Baltimore Spirits Company, Well Crafted Kitchen and Vent Coffee Roasters.

Now, Union Collective is looking to take care of one of the community’s oldest neighbors: the Jones Falls.

Lube Oil, 41,000 Gallons of Sewage Leak into the Jones Falls Over Weekend

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Still via Facebook/Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper

Baltimore’s Jones Falls and Inner Harbor took a beating this weekend and on Monday, with an underground sewage leak and a 50-gallon oil spill to boot.

Man-Made ‘Fatberg’ Causes 1.2M Gallons of Sewage to Overflow into Jones Falls

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A small “fatberg.” Photo courtesy of Blue Water Baltimore.

The creatures that inhabit Baltimore’s Jones Falls are more than familiar with the putrid overflows that arrive with even moderate rains. But last Thursday, on what should have been an off day for sewer discharges, a whopping 1.2 million gallons entered the waterway thanks to a gunky, man-made buildup in a sewer line running below Station North.

Submerged Kayaker Rescued from Jones Falls on Sunday

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Jones Falls Near Mill No. 1
Jones Falls near Mill No. 1

Rescue crews managed to save a kayaker who was stuck underwater for several minutes in the Jones Falls on Sunday afternoon, outlets report.

A Harris Teeter In Hampden? Local Residents Upbeat, Community Associations Wary on New Pepsi Plant Redevelopment

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Last November, when Baltimore developer Himmelrich Associates bought the 13-acre Pepsi distribution center on Union Avenue in Hampden (next to the Union Mill), it announced plans for a mixed-use development. Himmelrich paid $6.75 million for the property, and the cost to develop was estimated at $100 million.

There’s a New Mill in Town: Living On the Jones Falls

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Hot House: Mill No. 1, 3000 Falls Road, Baltimore 21211

Repurposed brick cotton mill, circa 1873, with views over the Jones Falls.  Eighty-four luxury apartments,  850-1,500 sq. ft.   Studios, 1 and 2 bedrooms – some with lofts – and two 3 bedroom penthouses. Includes fitness center, infinity pool overlooking the river, two restaurants, office space, garage parking, building manager in residence:  $1,200 to $3,000/mo.

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What: David Tufaro’s team at Terra Nova Ventures has (mostly) completed its much-anticipated renovation of historic Mill No. 1, and it’s now open for business. One of several textile-producing mills built along the Jones Falls in the nineteenth century, Mill No.1 spans the river, two buildings connected by an enclosed bridge. A second, open ironwork bridge has been added.  It’s a dramatic setting, and Tufaro, together with Ellicott City architects Alexander Design Studio (who designed the Roland Park Library addition) has taken full advantage of it.  The design makes the most of every inch of river frontage.  The restaurants, one of which is likely to be Donna’s, will have outdoor terraces above the Jones Falls. There’s a plan for an environmental classroom, to make use of the Falls as a teaching tool for school children.  Residents have prime water views from public areas, including the infinity pool, as well as from many of the apartments.  The river itself has been cleaned up and replanted for several hundred feet along the shoreline, with a $100,000 grant from Baltimore City  –part of an effort to improve the Jones Falls basin. A great blue heron makes his home here.

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Inside the factory, the industrial aesthetic as been nicely done and ‘locally sourced’. The old pine floors are polished, but scars and burns from factory equipment remain.  Huge wooden beams crisscross the ceilings, and many of the wooden surfaces — shelving, countertops and furniture – have been crafted from heavy building timbers. Local artisans were used whenever possible.  Each of the 84 apartments is a little different, because builders had to work around the iron support columns used in the factory. The quirkiness of the building includes some lovely architectural details  — like the extra-deep window sills throughout. Although the apartments are not large considering the scale of the building, they feel luxurious, with dark woods and high grade finishes. There is a large and beautiful third floor common room, with a kitchen, farm tables and television, for larger gatherings.  Currently the building is 60% leased and occupied, with tenants moving in ‘every day’.

Where: Mill No. 1 is on the west side of Falls Road, about a half mile south of Birroteca, across from the Mill Centre. There’s an entrance directly into the parking garage from Falls Road, and a driveway behind the building, accessed though a second entrance. A crosswalk across Falls Road will soon make it safer to take a stroll up Chestnut Street into Hampden.  You can hear the waterfall through the trees, but tempting as it is to get out and hike the river, there are no walking trails here. Bicycle’s sweep down Falls Road, though — residents  can and do bike to work downtown, and there’s also a trail entrance nearby at the Steiff Silver building on Wyman Park Drive. Your nearest grocery shopping here is at the 41st Street Giant, just 1. 2 miles away. The Avenue in Hampden is even closer.

Why: Historic charm. Industrial river valley makes for a unique setting. Not everyone wants to be in Canton.

Why Not: Parking has potential to be a problem. But you’ll have your free spot – why worry?

Would Suit: Young and fancy free – average age of the tenants is 34.

NB: Other than a great-looking sign on I83, Mill No. 1 is not doing much advertising. Information and photos are on their Facebook page.

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Polluted Stormwater Runoff to Blame for Milky, Fish-Killing Jones Falls

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It’s like a low-rent biblical plague. As if to put an exclamation point at the end of Tom Zolper’s recent post defending the stormwater fee and warning of the threat to the environment and public health posed by polluted storm runoff, the Jones Falls turned technicolor and killed around 200 fish, which floated, belly up, into the Inner Harbor. Oh, and it smelled of sulfur, you know, like Mephistopheles.

The “bacterial event” that deprived a section of the Jones Falls of dissolved oxygen and released sulfur from the bottom of the Falls can be traced ultimately to stormwater runoff, according to both Tina Meyers, Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, and Adam Lindquist, Healthy Harbor coordinator for the Waterfront Partnership. 

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