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Tubing on the Gunpowder could become a victim of its own popularity
Tubing on the Gunpowder could become a victim of its own popularity

On any summer weekend, thousands of outdoors enthusiasts are drawn to the cooling waters and shaded shores of Big Gunpowder Falls. Some of them are after nothing more than a leisurely float down the river. Tubing has long been a hot-weather institution for Maryland families, who used to walk up the old railroad bed, throw their inflated rubber rings in the water and drift back to Monkton Station. But now two commercial operations, complete with bus shuttle service, are attracting a wider audience, including college-age people with coolers filled with beer, creating a trash problem and threatening the family atmosphere. "It's the Preakness of tubing destinations," says...

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