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File #: 19-0183R    Version: 0 Name: Informational Hearing - Fish Kills
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 12/2/2019 In control: Health
On agenda: Final action: 1/27/2020
Enactment #:
Title: Informational Hearing - Fish Kills For the purpose of requesting the Director of the Department of Public Works to testify at an informational hearing regarding a recent pipe break that spilled chlorinated water into Dead Run stream and killed 2000 fish.
Sponsors: Kristerfer Burnett, Ryan Dorsey, John T. Bullock, Bill Henry, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Sharon Green Middleton, Mary Pat Clarke, President Brandon M. Scott, Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Fish Kills, Informational Hearing
Attachments: 1. 19-0183R~1st Reader, 2. ECB 19-0183R, 3. DPW 19-0183R, 4. 19-0183R~2nd Reader, 5. 19-0183R Complete Bill File
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
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City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Burnett


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Informational Hearing - Fish Kills
For the purpose of requesting the Director of the Department of Public Works to testify at an informational hearing regarding a recent pipe break that spilled chlorinated water into Dead Run stream and killed 2000 fish.
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Recitals

Whereas, A Baltimore City water pipe broke under the Ingleside Avenue Bridge in Woodlawn and dumped over 10 million gallons of chlorinated water into Dead Run stream between September 7 and September 9, 2019; and

Whereas, Dead fish were found along a 2-mile stretch of Dead Run stream below the pipe; and

Whereas, According to the Maryland Department of the Environment, the spill killed nearly 2000 fish, including 78 of the endangered American eel; and

Whereas, The fish were discovered 2 days after George Farrant, Vice President of Friends Gwynn Falls/Leakin Park, reported to the City that gray water that smelled strongly of chlorine was rushing into the stream; and

Whereas, the Maryland Department of the Environment found chlorine levels of 0.78 mg/L, or 8 times above the legal limit for a waterway, with chlorine levels of 0.78 mg/L being considered safe for human consumption; and

Whereas, The Maryland Department of the Environment found that the City Department of Public Works, as owner of the pipe, was in non-compliance due to the elevated levels of chlorine in th...

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