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The Herring Run is an 11.1-mile-long (17.9 km)[1] tributary of the Back River located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Geography[edit]

The 31-square-mile (80 km2) watershed has its headwaters in Towson, Maryland, and flows through Baltimore and Baltimore County before discharging into the Back River, which empties into the Chesapeake Bay. The principal tributaries of Herring Run are the Western Branch, Chinquapin Run, Tiffany Run, Armistead Run, Biddison Run, Moores Run and Redhouse Run. The total length of the Herring Run main stem and tributaries is over 41 miles (66 km).[2]

Herring Run Park[edit]

Herring Run Park is a 375 acres (152 ha) wooded parkland in northeast Baltimore through which Herring Run flows for 2.3 miles (3.7 km).[3] The politician William Smith lived on land now included in the park, which he purchased in 1770.[4]

Water pollution[edit]

The Maryland Department of the Environment has listed the Herring Run as an impaired tributary, due to the elevated amounts of fecal coliform bacteria found in it.[5] Nonetheless, efforts continue to improve the stream's water quality.[6]

Herring Run Watershed Association[edit]

The Herring Run Watershed Association (HRWA) was founded in 1978 (originally as the Friends of Northeast Parks and Streams) and is now a fully staffed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to stewarding the watershed.[7] Its efforts include stream cleanups; stream plantings; rain barrel distribution; resident education; green jobs creation; advocacy, and running a native plant nursery.[8]

In 2008, HRWA completed construction on the Herring Run Watershed Center, a state-of-the-art green building that serves as the organization's headquarters and education center. Designed by Ziger/Snead Architects and built by Baltimore Green Construction, the Watershed Center was the first LEED-NC building in Baltimore City, winning a "Gold" designation from the United States Green Building Council.[9][10]

It merged with four other groups to form Blue Water Baltimore in 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011
  2. ^ Herring Run Watershed Association (HRWA). Baltimore, MD. "Learn About the Watershed." Accessed 2010-05-03.
  3. ^ "Herring Run Park". Parks & Trails. Baltimore: Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Wood, Pamela (16 May 2015). "Archaeological dig uncovers Herring Run Park's past". Baltim. Sun. The property was first settled in 1695, but Smith was its most famous resident. 
  5. ^ Maryland Department of the Environment. Baltimore, MD (2007). "Total Maximum Daily Loads of Fecal Bacteria for the Herring Run Basin in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Maryland." June 2007.
  6. ^ Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management (DEPRM), Towson, MD (2010). "Tidal Back River Small Watershed Action Plan." February 2010.
  7. ^ HRWA. "Mission." Accessed 2010-05-03.
  8. ^ HRWA. "Accomplishments." Accessed 2010-05-03.
  9. ^ Novotney, Amy (2008). "Space: Water, Water Everywhere. The Herring Run Watershed Association’s new headquarters is both budget- and water-conscious." UrbaniteBaltimore.com, August 2008.
  10. ^ Kobell, Rona (2006-09-22). "Planting the seeds for a cleaner neighborhood: Watershed group spurs grass-roots effort to tidy up community and Herring Run". Baltimore Sun. 


Coordinates: 39°18′27″N 76°31′10″W / 39.307607°N 76.519408°W / 39.307607; -76.519408


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Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun
Sat, 16 May 2015 14:05:35 -0700

Beneath the tall trees and wildflowers of Baltimore's Herring Run Park, the ground holds clues to the city's distant past. With a small budget, a short time frame and a dedicated group of volunteers, archaeologists Jason Shellenhamer and Lisa Kraus ...
 
Wicked Local Plymouth
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:15:33 -0700

Much of that money has been poured into Town Brook, and for the work that has been done there to remove dams, build bridges and begin to revitalize the herring run Gould and the department have received national recognition. The Off Billington Street ...

Wicked Local Medford

Wicked Local Medford
Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:52:30 -0700

But the herring run speaks to the importance of treating natural spaces in urban areas with great respect and care. We can live alongside nature, if we are thoughtful.” Work is underway to build upon the successes of the 2012-2015 counting programs.

Wicked Local Arlington

Wicked Local Arlington
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:52:30 -0700

Since 2012, the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) has been working with hundreds of volunteers to count river herring passing through the fish ladder at Mystic Lakes Dam to spawn in Upper Mystic Lake. In 2015, the citizen scientists were able ...

Patch.com

Patch.com
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:26:15 -0700

But the herring run speaks to the importance of treating natural spaces in urban areas with great respect and care. We can live alongside nature, if we are thoughtful.” The Mystic River Watershed Association serves 22 communities in and around the ...

Martha's Vineyard Times

Martha's Vineyard Times
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:11:15 -0700

Ms. Mercier also recognized caterer Bernie Cormie of Herring Run Kitchens and Provisions for providing the tasty assortment of Mr. Weiss's favorite finger foods. “We just want people to know — we didn't choose this menu,” Ms. Mercier noted with a laugh.
 
YourArlington.com
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:41:15 -0700

But the herring run speaks to the importance of treating natural spaces in urban areas with great respect and care. We can live alongside nature, if we are thoughtful." Work is underway to build on the successes of the 2012-2015 counting programs.

Cordova Times

Cordova Times
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:49:45 -0700

Said the report, "the failure of the herring run in 1993 and 1994 and a herring virus made a prized food unavailable and had added cultural significance, since it is associated with spring and the renewal of life, and is seen as a sign of environmental ...
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