A picture-perfect reason not to litter

Published October 01, 2010

Yesterday, the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole swept through our region, bringing more than 6 inches of rain to the Baltimore area! The height of the storm came through Baltimore's Inner Harbor mid-afternoon yesterday, just after high tide. As the storm progressed with heavy winds coming in from the east, water levels in the harbor continued to rise, and we began to notice that water wasn't the only thing being pushed into the harbor. Tropical Storm Nicole picked up a lot of trash on her way into Baltimore. The pictures below show trash buildup between Pier 4  and Pier 5 at about 5 p.m. yesterday. They present a very compelling case against littering!

All of this trash was accumulated as the storm pushed into the Inner Harbor from the Chesapeake Bay. This trash buildup is picture-perfect proof that everything runs downstream. You can bet that the majority of this trash was originally thrown on the ground, made its way into storm drains, and then into our waterways, which flow into the Bay. Last weekend, the Aquarium's Conservation Team and community volunteers picked up 22,000 pieces of trash that had accumulated at the Ft. McHenry wetland over the summer. That's a lot of trash, but yesterday's storm proved that there is still much more trash polluting our waterways! You can help keep the bay and the harbor free of trash by keeping our streets free of trash. Dispose of your trash properly, and recycle as much as you can.

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