Environmental Science Sci 175

Loch Raven Watershed –
Saving the Water and Habitats from Environmental Destruction and Degradation
Laura Ricketts
March 28, 2010
Environmental Science SCI 175
Tami McConnell

It makes sense to care for a watershed and the habitats dependant on it before they are damaged or degraded but that is not always possible. Maintaining clean water, a clean environment, and a healthy habitat is not something environmental agencies and the government can do on their own. Each of us has our own responsibility to protect the supply of water, and the habitats that grow up around them. Are you doing your part?
Healthy and stable habitats can be maintained for the wildlife, flora, and aquatic animals in a watershed and ultimately for the people themselves that access the water from the watershed. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, such a watershed provides water for Baltimore County and City as well as small parts of Western Harford County, and Southern York County. Parts of Pennsylvania also access water as well. Loch Raven Reservoir is one third part of a larger watershed that covers over 218 square miles, of which Loch Raven is a 1600 acre tract. Baltimore, a prosperous city, includes multiple communities, businesses, schools, industries, and a constant stream of construction. All contribute to water pollution run-off into the watershed. Growing concerns are the signs of degradation in the wildlife habitats surrounding Loch Raven Reservoir.
Restoring habitats is a new idea in environmental history. Beginning early in the 1900s, in order to ensure its survival protective actions was accepted. The Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937 was a monumental point in history for the funding of wildlife research and habitat restoration. In 1973, the Endangered Species Act was ratified to provide protection for the wildlife and organizations that have significant responsibility in the acquisition, restoration and protection of habitats.
All activity can have an impact on the environment,...