Baltimore Improves Harbor

Baltimore Improves Harbor

Baltimore has been troubled for some time past by the bad odors emanating from the harbor, and, spurred on by the thought of the crowds that would be drawn to the city by the National Democritic Convention and thereby get an unfavorable impression, the city determined to exert every effort to remove the cause. The sum of was appropriated for the purpose of removing 75,000 cube yards of material from the upper harbor. Due to economies effected, it is proposed to remove about 152,000 cubic yards of this matrial. Some of the officials state that more sewage is being drained into the harbor than is removed. hut it is believed a wonderful change will be effected when all of the above mentioned amount of material has been removed. An analysis of the mud removed from the bottom of the harbor and the water of the upper harbor revealed the fact that the material so far removed contain only 230,000 bacteria per cubic centimeter. It is these bacteria, according to the city chemist, that cause the bad odors. The mayor and city officials exerted every effort to expedite the removal of this mud before the assembling of the Democratic convention, which met June 25, in order that the visitors would not receive a bad impression of Baltimore and its water facilities. The problem presented here is not unlike that presented to the city of Brooklyn in the Gowanus Canal—although the conditons are different the successful solution of which is described in this issue.

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