Scott Dance writes about the environment. He was a 2021 Abrams Nieman Fellow in Local Journalism at Harvard University, exploring how we are responding to a changing climate. Since joining The Sun in 2012, he has covered snowstorms and hurricanes, crabs and oysters. He has two degrees from the University of Maryland and is a Timonium native.
It remains unclear what caused the water contamination in West Baltimore. But its effect is undeniable: It is one more thing pulling on a frayed social and economic fabric, further stressing the need for sustainable solutions.
Frustrations mounted among West Baltimore residents and their City Council representatives Tuesday as an order to boil water due to an E. coli contamination stretched into a second day with few updates from public works officials or Mayor Brandon Scott.
Environmentalists and scientists worry that a proposed Federalsburg salmon farm could inundate the shallow Marshyhope Creek with surges of cold water that could make it inhospitable for its spawning population of Atlantic sturgeon.
A new plan to prevent damage in Baltimore from storms like Sandy in 2012 and Isabel doesn’t include sea walls of storm surge barriers, except for the city’s tunnels, and instead recommends property owners flood-proof their homes and businesses near the Patapsco River.
Given that a core of Maryland’s top Republicans backed Kelly Schulz to succeed Gov. Larry Hogan, the next move for many within the party now represented by far-right gubernatorial nominee Dan Cox is fraught.