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Step out on Loch Raven Dam Sunday

OK, so it will never be mistaken for Harrison Ford's plunge in The Fugitive.

Still, standing atop the 101-foot dam at Loch Raven with the mighty Gunpowder ripping below your feet is still worthy of a Facebook post, yes?

On Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Baltimore city watershed officials are having an open house to show you how water gets from the river to the spigots in your house. 

Engineers from Gannett-Fleming, the firm that did the dam reconstruction in 2005, will talk about the history of the dam and how they renovated a structure built in 1923 that holds back a reservoir covering 3.8 square miles. City staff will discuss the history of the Gunpowder Valley and how the water system operates.

After getting the background, check out the wildlife that calls Loch Raven home at the Pines Area on Loch Raven Drive just north of the bridge. The Department of Natural Resources Scales and Tales program will display rescued wildlife from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Pines area also is the trailhead for guided hikes at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

City officials are inviting the public to pack a lunch and lace up its hiking boots. Call 410-396-3500 for more information.

(For the record, Ford's diving platform is North Carolina's Cheoah Dam, which stands 225 feet and creates a reservoir of 644 acres).

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