In a 2017-03-30 press release, Harford County announced a new online tool, the “Harford County Watershed Explorer,” that will allow users to identify the watershed for any location in the County, including the watershed’s health and connections to other local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. The tool was developed by the Watershed Protection and Restoration Office, which is located within the County’s Department of Public Works. The press release also stressed the need for County citizens to properly dispose of items that can pollute streams. From the press release:
“Harford County citizens play an important role in protecting the health of our local streams,” said County Executive Barry Glassman. “By providing information about local watersheds, we hope to encourage good stewardship of these precious natural resources.”
Each time it rains, everything on the ground becomes part of the storm water runoff entering into our local streams. Some things we may leave on the ground which impact stream health include pet waste, fertilizer left on sidewalks, litter, and fluids leaked from cars. Citizens can help improve the health of local streams by planting trees, leaving lawn clippings in place, and by composting or dropping off yard waste at one of Harford County’s yard trim drop-off sites. Citizens can also recycle household hazardous waste or replace household items with eco-friendly alternatives.