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Whose Poop?: A new project measures sewage and dog waste entering the Jones Falls from stormwater

Whose Poop?: A new project measures sewage and dog waste entering the Jones Falls from stormwater

A slight scent of detergent is in the air as Alice Volpitta, Water Quality Manager for the clean-water advocacy group Blue Water Baltimore (BWB), takes a few careful steps down the top of a poured-concrete slope on the banks of the Jones Falls, just above where the river descends underground near Amtrak’s Penn Station. A steady stream of soapy-smelling water courses down the slope out of a pipe that’s runs underneath Falls Road, and as Volpitta approaches the pipe’s mouth, called an outfall, a car drives by.  Boom! Boom! Two amplified booms echo out of the pipe as the car passes, prompting Volpitta to exclaim, “That’s terrifying!” as she stoops...

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