Culture, Featured, Lifeline

Baltimore Aquarium Joins National Coalition Pledging to Fight Plastic Pollution

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 10, 2017 3:30pm

Plastic bottles at Fort McHenry. Photo via National Aquarium.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is banding together with 18 other aquariums around the country to reduce plastic pollution.

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Featured, GreenLaurel, Lifeline

GreenLaurel: Will Maryland Ban ‘Foam’ Food Containers?

1 Written by: | Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 12:12pm

Avoid using foam cups. Instead of tossing, use foam cups to collect grease and fats when cooking. Fat and grease should never go down any drain (including the toilet!)

A coalition of anti-trash groups and governmental agencies is urging the Maryland General Assembly to consider a bill that would ban the foam. If approved, organizations in Maryland would not be able to package food in foam products, cups, to-go clam shell boxes and trays.

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Featured, Lifeline

Local Group Awarded Nearly $25,000 for ‘Keep Herring Run Parks Beautiful’ Campaign

0 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 09, 2017 2:59pm

Photo via Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks

A nonprofit dedicated to preserving Herring Run Park in Northeast Baltimore has received a $24,500 grant to improve the vast green space.

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Featured, Lifeline

Two Maryland Lawmakers Introduce Measures to Quell Styrofoam Pollution

2 Written by: | Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 11:14am

Photo by Mattes, via Wikimedia Commons

Looking into the Jones Falls or the Inner Harbor on a given day, it’s easy to spot shards of styrofoam containers floating by or building up. This year, two Maryland lawmakers are hoping to change that by introducing legislation that would ban sales of the foam packaging across the state.

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Featured, Inner Harbor, Lifeline

Mr. Trash Wheel Has Officially Consumed 1,000,000 Pounds of Garbage

0 Written by: | Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 1:58pm

Courtesy Waterfront Partnership

Courtesy Waterfront Partnership

Baltimore’s favorite trash-eating machine has now swallowed up more than one million pounds of the city’s waste in just two-and-a-half years in existence.

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Featured, Harbor East, Inner Harbor

Harbor East Marina Adds 25 Oyster Cages to Inner Harbor’s Eco-Friendly Collection

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 30, 2016 11:48am

Courtesy @Ruthlestiltskin/Ruth Morton of FOX45

Courtesy @Ruthlestiltskin/Ruth Morton of FOX45

The Inner Harbor is farming more oysters, but not to eat. This morning, Harbor East Marina staff placed 25 cages along the promenade wall to help clean up the harbor’s murky waters.

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Featured, Lifeline

Scalia-less Supreme Court OKs Chesapeake Bay Clean Up

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016 9:02am


There’s a reason there are supposed to be an odd number of judges serving on the Supreme Court. Read More →


Baltimore Youth Win Victory Against Toxic Trash Incinerator

0 Written by: | Friday, Feb 20, 2015 10:00am

Photo via Free Your Voice Facebook page

Photo via Free Your Voice Facebook page

I have to admit, I fist-pumped the air when I heard the news that Baltimore high school students had won a key victory in their fight against the toxic garbage incinerator that’s planned for their neighborhood. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline

Strange Smell/Haze in Baltimore Explained

0 Written by: | Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 9:08am

Photo via @abpanphoto

Photo via @abpanphoto

If you noticed something strange in the Baltimore air the other day, you weren’t alone.

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Watch This Beautiful 14-Foot Water Wheel Clean the Inner Harbor

0 Written by: | Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:14am

What strikes me most about the permanent, 14-foot-tall wheel that keeps garbage in the Jones Falls from landing in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is how stylistically appropriate it looks. With it’s large metallic water wheel and majestic white canopy it’s about as chic as you could expect an automated trash collector to be.

The Inner Harbor Water Wheel, which was featured in the March issue of Popular Science, relies on booms to guide trash from the Jones Falls (and if this video is any indication, there is a lot of it!) toward a hydro-powered conveyor belt that pretty straightforwardly drops the many plastic bottles, “random” pieces of styrofoam, and occasional tire into a dumpster.

City Lab reports that a 2008 prototype of the water wheel took 180,000 pounds of trash out of the Inner Harbor in a single month. This one removed 50,000 pounds in a single day. Read More →

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