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Kevin Kamenetz
Backtracking on the Bay
Backtracking on the Bay

Baltimore County has no shortage of polluted water. From the Gunpowder to the Patapsco rivers and the Upper Chesapeake Bay to the Jones Falls, the county has eight bodies of water that have been classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as "impaired," meaning they are too polluted to meet minimum water quality standards. Given that reality, it came as a bit of surprise to hear Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz offer two recent pronouncements. First, that he would seek to reduce the stormwater remediation fee by one-third (from $39 per year to $26 for most county residents). Second, that he'd like to see the timetable for court-ordered water quality...