Stream Blockage was Contributing to Road Flooding

The log jam in Roland Run Stream was cleared of debris on Saturday, April 20th, 2024.

Together, hardworking volunteers from The Association, Lake Roland Nature Council, 25 students from Towson University, and several students from Loyola University Maryland worked to clear trees and limbs from Roland Run so that the water can flow freely in the stream. These efforts will reduce the flooding that frequently occurs on Ruxton Road.

This logjam had been accumulating for a year. Trained volunteers from Lake Roland Nature Council used their heavy equipment to safely tackle a very complex project. Special thanks to Board Member Jeffrey Budnitz for organizing this endeavor. Councilman Izzy Patoka (and his Legislative Aide Carlos Gonzalez) were a great help and joined in – working in the water and on the banks of Roland Run Stream to remove trash, logs, and limbs. Volunteers hauled the debris to the edge of Ruxton Road for collection.

On Tuesday, April 23rd workers from Baltimore County Dept. of Public Works-Highway Division picked up an estimated 90 tons of vegetation, logs, and branches from Ruxton Road. In total, approximately ten dump trucks of biomass were removed to clear the blocked stream.

We acknowledge the generosity of Graul’s Market as they provided volunteers lunch at a significant discount.

The Association would like to extend our gratitude to the many dedicated volunteers that spent time on this important project, enhancing our community by removing a massive amount of vegetation and trash from the stream. Our community is safer and better because of your efforts. Thank you.

See hundreds of photos and videos from the stream cleanup in this Photo Album.

See photos and videos from 2023 flooding along Ruxton Road, plus volunteers at the April 20th, 2024 cleanup in this Photo Album.

See the results of the cleanup, and the amount of debris along Ruxton Road, picked by Baltimore County in this Photo Album.

Roland Run stream cleanup