Thanks to Michael Buckley joining me on the Gunpowder River last week. We had ample time to talk about the wild fish in Baltimore City drinking water and the potential impacts of the proposed Columbia Gas Transmission MB-line project that would cross 56 waterways in the Gunpowder watershed and create a new right of way across 21 miles of forests, streams and meadows in Baltimore and Harford Counties.
GRK has filed a Motion to Intervene in the application asking that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission consider the cumulative environmental impacts of this 300 acre project on invasive species (Didymo) introduction to other waterways, degradation of cold water habitat for native and wild fish, loss of forested buffers that provide shade and storm water protection, wetlands, including bog turtle habitat and the potential for increased sediment and phosphorous pollution in Loch Raven reservoir-already listed as a 303(d) listed impaired waterbody that provides drinking water for 1.8 million Baltimore City Metro Area residents. GRK has asked that FERC require that Columbia Gas, a subsidiary of NiSource Inc. supply information for an Environmental Impact Statement that would address these concerns and provide for a detailed mitigation plan to protect water resources in the Gunpowder Watershed.
Please support out work at www.gunpowderriverkeeper.org
Check out Voices of the Bay with Michael Buckley on 103.1 WRNR out of Annapolis When you get to the site, just hit the listen live button to check out the interview.We’ll be posting links to iTunesU for the archived segments soon!
The Voices of the Chesapeake Bay Interview Project is created to help us further develop our ‘sense of place.’ The Voices Project is ongoing, inherently ‘inclusive’ and well-rounded, giving us the ability to see our bio-region, the Chesapeake Bay watershed, from a variety of perspectives and points of view. With this ability we can fully and truly appreciate this incredible place called the Chesapeake Bay.
Michael Buckley, Project Director