As the first installment in a series of stories inspired by readers’ curiosity, The Baltimore Sun took a look this month at what’s in the harbor water and interviewed experts who’ve ventured the approximately 30 feet to the bottom.
With approval from both General Assembly chambers, Maryland’s legislature has moved the state toward becoming the first in the U.S. to ban polystyrene foam food containers and cups. The ban would start in 2020.
A 25-year-old woman’s body was recovered from the Inner Harbor on Saturday, the most recent fatality to stem from a fall into the murky waters. Baltimore has long struggled with safety around the harbor, and people have often called for railing to be added.
The incident happened just after midnight at the Blarney Stone Pub on the 700 block of S. Broadway, while Thursday’s crowds lingered in the bars and restaurants of the Baltimore neighborhood known in part for its colorful nightlife.
Upgrades planned for Rash Field, the multi-purpose swath on the south shore of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, have been refined and could get underway next fall, according to the Waterfront Partnership, a city non-profit leading the work.
Baltimore has committed to spending roughly $125,000 to install safety equipment around the Inner Harbor following pleas from the parents of a 26-year-old man who died earlier this year after falling into the frigid waters.
A year after baby oysters were deposited on a man-made reef near the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the bivalves are flourishing despite a legacy of Patapsco River pollution, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said.
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Baltimore City Council voted decisively Monday to support a ban on foam containers for carryout food and drinks, the last step before final approval. Mayor Catherine Pugh says she supports the measure.
A coalition of environmental organizations, community associations, students, businesses, community members and Baltimore City Council members are taking a stand to support a bill that would ban the use of expanded polystyrene food containers.
Some of the elements of the Schroeders’ trip to Baltimore are practical: They had to pick up their son’s belongings from the police station. But they’re also hoping to accomplish something more meaningful while they’re in the city where their oldest son died.
Reversing previous opposition, Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced his support for banning stores and restaurants from using the plastic foam containers commonly known as Styrofoam.
Operator Charm City Carousel Entertainment packed up the attraction, which was not profitable and struggled to attract visitors, in early May, and the city has no plan to replace it, city officials said.
It was safe to jump into waters off of Fort McHenry almost 90 percent of the time in 2016, but the Baltimore harbor is still far from meeting a goal of becoming "swimmable and fishable" by 2020, according to a report card being released Monday.