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Manager of the Capital Program and Operations Section
Manager of Capital Improvement Program
Member of the Dredged Material Management Program
Citizens Advisory Committee for Maryland
Member, Water Quality Management Office
Water Quality Management Office of the City of Baltimore
"The county is very proud of what the BRRC has been able to accomplish with the aid of the students and volunteers spending their time," said Candace Croswell, DEPRM's capital program and operations manager.
Referring to the students' post-college opportunities, Candace Croswell said, "I hope they come back to Baltimore County to work."
In the first month after it was installed, 12,000 bottles and 21 cubic yards of debris were trapped and removed from along the boom, according to Candace Croswell, manager of DEPRM's capital program and operations section.
During a pilot phase over the next four months, the county is expected to spend $4,000 a month to remove the trash and debris, logging the amount of garbage removed and rain event data, Croswell said Tuesday. The data will be used to design a mechanical system that would be operated by a crew or volunteers. "We're doing this slowly in order to get it right," she said. The biggest obstacle to trash collection has been two large trees that came downriver. When trees are snagged by the boom, they lift it, allowing trapped debris to flow under it, Croswell said.
As with other area waterbodies, the county finds "a lot of trash" and "mounds of bottles" in Back River, Candace Croswell said.
"All this trash comes from the watershed." Croswell believes the problem of littering is generational and requires education. "We need to do something about it," she said. An assessment of the lower Back River watershed is under way to identify potential restoration projects and evaluate existing conditions - such as percentage of developed area and types of structures like connected rain gutters that flow directly from rooftops to stormwater systems. DEPRM efforts "A lot of the citizens are not aware of what we've been doing," said Croswell, manager of DEPRM's capital improvement program, which tackles stream restoration, dredging and debris removal. Croswell described a natural channel approach to restoring streams in order to stabilize banks and reduce sediment being eroded and carried into the river. She presented slides of projects completed elsewhere in the county that displayed drastic changes from cemented culverts to vegetated meandering streams, which she said slow water flow and reduce erosion. Managing a program that has been recognized nationally for its stream restoration and dredging projects, Croswell works to cull grant money from a variety of sources, including recent federal stimulus funding, she said. Her department has spent $9.5 million on Back River restoration projects and plans to spend another $1.8 million in the near future. Croswell is overseeing implementation of a large trash collection system, which would catch and remove bottles and debris from the surface of Back River under the I-695 bridge. The county also provides supplies and trash bins for citizen efforts, such as the two cleanups on Bread and Cheese Creek that Olszewski's office has organized, Croswell said. Citizen involvement is a key component to successful projects, Croswell said. Small Watershed Action Plan The process of developing a SWAP includes establishing goals for the watershed and identifying projects that will then help meet those goals. Community members had the opportunity to offer their ideas for goals and a slogan for the watershed at last week's meeting or by contacting DEPRM. Goals suggested by DEPRM included improving water quality, restoring and maintaining aquatic and wildlife habitat and expanding environmental education. The county hopes to present the goals and slogan ideas compiled by next week, Croswell said, so that the Back River SWAP Steering Committee can begin outlining a plan. "I think the meeting was a great start," Croswell said. Croswell fielded questions regarding Bread and Cheese Creek from both Long and his wife, Erin (who was misidentified in a July 2 Eagle article). "Baltimore County does do stream restoration on private property," Croswell said at the meeting.
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