Erosion exposes gas line on Bread and Cheese Creek
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 12:01

Long blames outdated stormwater system

by Ben Boehl

    John Long, president and founder of Clean Bread and Cheese Creek,  is still fighting for a new stormwater management system for the Dundalk area and he said the current system would be considered illegal if it wasn’t “grandfathered in” by the county.
    Long found more evidence to make his case. He pointed out that the erosion along Bread and Cheese Creek behind a shopping center on Merritt Boulevard had gotten so bad that a Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) gas main became exposed, creating a dangerous situation.
    “We’ve known there has been erosion for years, but this is more evidence of the poor stormwater management,” he said. Long acknowledged that BGE has been cooperative and fixed the problem, but it is only a “band-aid.”
    Rachel Lighty of BGE confirmed  the company is repairing a 16-inch  main and about 10 feet of the  steam had to be diverted.    

“This is common where we get a lot of erosion in the streams,” Lighty said.
    Long said BGE wouldn’t have had a problem if the county had a new system in place. He pointed out that a culvert collapsed near the same shopping center last year and is concerned about the sewage line that runs along the stream becoming exposed on the Berkshire side of Bread and Cheese Creek.
    During an interview with The Eagle in the spring, Vince Gardina, head of the county Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, agreed with Long that Dundalk’s stormwater systems are outdated, but said the county doesn’t have the funds to upgrade the system.
    Long said a new storm-water management system is needed now and must be a priority.
    “The county said it wants to reduce the amount of sediments and nutrients that go into the Chesapeake Bay, but all the sediment from this erosion is being carried directly into Back River and the bay,” Long added.
    BGE said that the project should be finished within a couple of days.
    “We hope to have 90 percent of the project completed [last weekend] and hope to have it all done by Dec. 29,” Lighty added.
    According to Long, residents along Bread and Cheese Creek have the same type of problems with the creek, but don’t have the money to fix them.
    “Unfortunately they do not have the deep pockets BGE has to repair the increasing damage done by the outdated stormwater management employed.”