This post was originally posted on BALTIMORE COUNTY NOW
By Jeanette Garcia Polasky, Baltimore County Department of Public Works, Recycling Division
Throughout his career with Baltimore County, the late County Executive Kevin Kamenetz demonstrated a steadfast commitment to protecting the environment. He understood that governments, businesses and citizens must work together to find solutions that help us live and conduct business more sustainably.
With the help of many other county employees, County Executive Kamenetz built a legacy of environmental stewardship that will have an impact on our region for generations to come.
- Almost two billion dollars invested in water and sewer projects to provide safe, clean drinking water and responsible waste management.
- More than $137 million in stream restoration, shoreline stabilization, reforestation and other water quality projects to preserve and restore the County’s natural infrastructure, including nearly 50,000 trees planted on 466 acres.
- Building a new single-stream recycling facility.
- Establishing energy efficiency and renewable energy policies to reduce the County’s carbon footprint.
- More than $68 million invested in new parks, recreation facilities and community centers.
- Seventeen Small Watershed Action Plans developed to clean up streams and rivers and send healthier waters to the Bay.
- Twenty four TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Implementation Plans developed in nine county watersheds to reduce waterway pollutants such as trash, bacteria, sediment, phosphorus, nitrogen and mercury.
- Creating the environmentally-focused Clean Green Baltimore County Facebook page.
Baltimore County has earned a number of recent awards for its environmental programs, including:
- National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA Awards every year from 2010 to 2017
- Maryland Recycling Network’s Outstanding Government Leadership Award
- National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge
- National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for the County’s Single Stream Recycling facility
- Maryland Recycling Network Extraordinary Achievement Award for the Clean Green Baltimore County Facebook page
By his leadership and actions, County Executive Kamenetz saw a sustainable future for our county and state, with cleaner air and water, green open spaces, abundant forests, healthy wildlife and a thriving Chesapeake Bay.
He also had faith that we, the citizens, employees and institutions of Baltimore County, would do our part to make this vision a reality.
The question is, what can we do today to make ours a cleaner, greener county? Find tips and resources at baltimorecountymd.gov/CleanGreenBaltCo.