The chances that you will be able to swim and fish in Baltimore's harbor by 2020 are looking slimmer than ever as high levels of fecal bacteria, excessive nutrients and algae blooms continue to plague the harbor waters.
The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore Inc. and Blue Water Baltimore gave the harbor an overall F in their 2014 Healthy Harbor Report Card. The report ranked the water quality in the Baltimore harbor, the tidal Patapsco River and the watersheds that feed the Patapsco. The Gwynns Falls watershed was the only area that scored above an F with a D-minus.
“It’s incredible that we finally had a water body that scored higher than an F,” said Adam Lindquist, who manages the Waterfront Partnership's Healthy Harbor initiative.