An estimated 4.1 million gallons of sewage flowed into the Inner Harbor as a result of Monday’s rainstorms, according to the Department of Public Works.
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.
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.
Another round of house guests this month? Kids getting underfoot? Looking to try something new in town?
Here’s a fun outdoor activity to consider if you’re looking to see Baltimore from another vantage point: Kayak around the Inner Harbor on a summer Sunday morning or afternoon. Get some exercise and enjoy some cooler breezes while taking in what our harbor has to offer. Plus, you can learn why and how our harbor is finally getting cleaned up.
A plan is moving forward to stop the miles-long sewage buildup that causes fecal matter to flow into Baltimore’s waterways nearly every time it rains.