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Harbor Heartbeat report shows water improvement in key indicators

Healthy Harbor, an initiative of the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore that has worked since 2010 towards a swimmable and fishable harbor in partnership with city and county government, residents and businesses, released its 2021 “Harbor Heartbeat” report today at Bond Street Wharf with special guest, Mr. Trash Wheel.

Staff and board members of Waterfront Partnership and partners from Blue Water Baltimore and Baltimore City Department of Public Works, celebrated positive trends in key water quality indicators, looked back on milestones, and announced next steps for building a more recreational harbor.

As water quality data shows levels of harmful bacteria in the Harbor are declining, Waterfront Partnership is looking ahead at how the Harbor can serve as a recreational resource for the region and State of Maryland. In his remarks on Thursday, Adam Lindquist, the director of the Healthy Harbor initiative for the Waterfront Partnership, announced plans for the Baltimore Blueway, a network of water-based trails for paddlers dotted with public access points and connected, by the water, to historical, cultural and environmental sites.

Lindquist added that Waterfront Partnership has released a Request for Proposals from firms for a plan covering all aspects of a possible construction of the Baltimore Blueway with public access points in the Inner Harbor and Middle Branch.

The full 2021 Harbor Heartbeat report can be viewed online at