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Baltimore County fights pollution with street sweeping
Baltimore County fights pollution with street sweeping

Baltimore County officials on Tuesday showed off how they've been spending money from the so-called "rain tax" — reviving a street-sweeping program that they say is keeping dirt and debris out of the county's waterways. Since May, the county has collected 562 tons of debris with the street-sweeping trucks, resulting in a pollution reduction that officials said equates to 843 pounds of nitrogen, 337 pounds of phosphorus and 168 tons of suspended solids — tiny particles of dirt that cloud the water. Nitrogen and phosphorus are nutrients that spur the growth of algae blooms that suck oxygen from the water. "This program would not have happened without...

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