Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is an iconic city landmark, where residents and visitors can experience the historic seaport while exploring surrounding streets jam-packed with local attractions, restaurants and shops.
But the area’s prosperity is tied directly to the health of the harbor, and decades of pollution and mistreatment have left it ailing.
The Inner Harbor area was rated “poor” to “very poor” in nearly every measure of ecological or human health in a report card recently issued by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
Such unhealthy water kills native wildlife, makes the harbor less appealing, and limits the activities that can take place in and around the water.
Local activists have had enough, and they set an ambitious goal: they want the harbor to be safe for swimming and fishing by 2020.
A healthier harbor will do great things for the community and the businesses that ring the harbor, but it’s not going to come easily. Changes this big will require significant investment from local government.
Join the fight for a cleaner Inner Harbor by urging Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to commit to the 2020 deadline.