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June 28, 2011

Video: Baltimore reservoir rangers bust more swimmers this summer

You might have missed this story in Saturday's paper about increased enforcement at Baltimore's reservoirs, Loch Raven, Liberty and Prettyboy. The rangers have the highest number of members since they came back from a hiatus three years ago, and fines and warnings - $100 for swimming - have been steadily increasing, peaking last year at over 2,500. A reader commented on the story: "If I get a $200 fine for enjoying nature I'll gladly pay it as 'my dues'.  I will cooperate with Rangers and gladly accept my ticket(s). If I drown, that's OK, I lived life to the fullest." Thoughts? Above, a video of the rangers busting some illegal swimmers.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 4:14 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Random stuff


Why is this post on a nightlife blog?

The signs should read "Swim at your own risk"; making illegal humans' attraction to nature is a sin against everything and every god there ever was.

It's hot, I want to get cool the natural way (and maybe spend time with some friends).

Nobody wants your greasy ass in their drinking water.

If you need to cool off, jump in the harbor where you won't be the dirtiest thing in the water.

I have mixed feelings. I swam there illegally as a kid all the time, but it IS our drinking water, and there are plenty of other places just as close, that are as good, if not better than the reservoirs.

It's our drinking water? Do you know what else lives in there? Do you think it's lined with cement and covered from the elements? They process it, idiot. Swimming in it isn't hurting it a bit. Just another way to raise money.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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