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Natural Resources Police Set Up Hotline For Debris

ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 25, 2003) - Maryland Natural Resources Police set up a toll-free hotline today for the public to call regarding storm-related debris in the navigable waters of the state.

The toll-free number is: 1-866-290-5688

Due to high winds and driving rains associated with recent storms and Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isabel, floating debris is posing a navigational hazard to commercial and recreational boating on Maryland waters. In response to the potentially dangerous conditions, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Police are working with other state, federal and local jurisdictions to remove the debris as quickly and effectively as available resources allow. The public should be advised of which agency is responsible for what:

bulletThe Army Corps of Engineers handles debris in the shipping channel of the Chesapeake Bay and channels into several smaller ports.
bulletThe Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Police are responsible for any debris in the water below the mean high water line.
bulletCounties will provide drop points for the debris and will be responsible for sorting and disposing of it. The Maryland Departments of the Environment and Transportation are assisting in this effort.
bulletAll debris on land is the responsibility of the property owner or local jurisdiction.




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