#274 BaltiWatch - Neighboorhood Clean-up Health & Wellness
"Past improper disposal, leaks, hazardous materials and wastes have resulted in tens of thousands of sites across our country that have contaminated our land, water (ground water and surface water), air (indoor and outdoor). This also happens in our neighborhood, which may even affect the health of our community. As part of the Baltimore community, we want to help with this issue by providing a report platform that makes the handling of trash, biohazards, etc. easier and quicker. Additionally, it helps to get our community involved in neighborhood cleanup by building a reward system." (Source: https://devpost.com/software/baltiwatch)
#242 Facilitating Trauma Care for Baltimore Youth Health & Wellness
On Monday, September 9, police responded to reports of a body hanging near a Baltimore City school, with the cause of death suspected to be suicide. Though spokeswoman Detective Nicole Monroe stated that no children could have observed the body due to police intervention, school staff say that multiple students stated they'd seen the body and had been traumatized by the incident. These school officials felt that the City has not efficiently equipped public schools to provide adequate mental healthcare to students after traumatic events like this (https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2019/09/12/trauma-and-anger-after-a-body-is-discovered-hanging-near-a-baltimore-school/).
As of 2018, ~170 Baltimore City Public Schools were still relying on bottled drinking water due to lead-tainted plumbing. https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/investigations/bs-md-ci-safe-water-20180905-story.html
#247 Smarter Sewer System Public Safety
A single manhole in Herring Run Park has leaked 26.5 million gallons of sewage since December 2018, and massive overflows have even blown off the manhole cover. This isn't an isolated problem - Baltimore's sewer system is susceptible to overflows due to excessive rainwater and aging infrastructure (source: https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2019/08/27/an-obscure-manhole-is-an-outsized-source-of-sewage-pollution-in-baltimore/).
#248 Tech to Support Squeegee Alternative Plan Workforce Development
The "Squeegee Kids" who offer windshield cleaning in exchange for money on Baltimore street corners are a symptom of larger problems of poverty and absenteeism among Baltimore youth. They are also often in unsafe situations and can be a source of tension for other Baltimore residents. For example, a squeegee kid reported having a gun drawn on him, and property owners near the corner of President and Lombard wrote the mayor to vent their frustrations with the squeegee kids (source: https://www.wbaltv.com/article/plan-to-help-kids-get-off-of-corners-in-baltimore-city/29070688).
#250 Rethinking Waste Management in Baltimore Health & Wellness
Baltimore produces over 1.2 million tons of trash each year. Roughly 10,000 tons of this garbage ends up on the City's streets. Unfortunately, one of the main ways that we deal with this problem currently is through criminalization, and residents caught illegally dumping trash can be fined any amount from $50 - $30,000 and even incarcerated. Sources: https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/04/25/baltimore-waste-incinerator-garbage https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-illegal-dumping-20190620-story.html