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Mosquito Problem Off of Leelyn Drive

The water is stagnant and some Severna Park neighbors say it is attracting mosquitoes to their backyards.

The mosquitoes are reportedly more bothersome than in previous years for some residents whose homes back to Leelyn Drive, the road behind .

The problem, according to one resident, is the stagnant water within the completed by the county last August.

There is a "massive mosquito problem in the Westridge community of Severna Park due to non-draining water in the very center stretch of the stormwater management project along Leelyn Drive," wrote Westridge resident Ann Salus in an email to Patch.

The purpose of the project is to help reduce stormwater runoff from polluting the north branch of Cypress Creek.

"I understand the concept of what the project was supposed to do. However, water always stagnates in the area where the drainage pipes feed into this culvert," she said.

About ten neighbors have hired the Mosquito Terminator to spray, according to Salus, so that they can enjoy their yards.

"Obviously, this is quite expensive and is not addressing the root of the problem," she said.

Salus describes her backyard as the wooded buffer between Kennedy and Leelyn drives.

"Spraying my yard would be futile. Basically, it would be throwing money away and I'm not keen on using pesticides," she said. "I called the county about it last year and everyone that I spoke to claims the water is supposed to gradually sink back into the ground ... great concept except it never does drain in the center area."

Salus said there are other problems as well.

"Plus, the culvert has become a dumping ground for litterbugs and is quite unsightly. ...O.K. so this (project) is preventing sediment from getting into Cypress creek, but the result is making outdoor conditions intolerable for nearby residents."

I contacted the county's Department of Public Works (DPW) for a response to this problem. Kay Haney, outreach coordinator for the DPW wrote back this response:

The stormwater management area on Leelyn Drive has been designed to slow down and reduce stormwater runoff that may enter the north branch of Cypress Creek. The series of small pools allow the stormwater to infiltrate into the ground and recharge the ground water system.

Native trees and local plants further help with the absorption of excessive nutrients and the filtering of sediment.

At this time, the area is being monitored and is functioning as it was intended to function by slowing stormwater runoff and allowing water to slowly infiltrate into the ground. There are additional plantings occurring this week to replenish some plants from the fall. Also, an on-site visual inspection has found no mosquito-related health issues.

Do you think the stagnant water is contributing to the mosquito problem in parts of the Westridge community? Tell us in the comments.

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Christy Wilson June 29, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I question the advisability of planting trees on June 29th, the first day of a major heat wave that the news says may go on for awhile. i thought you were suppose to plant trees in the Fall. Will they be spending a bunch of tax dollars to water? This will not help Westridge right now. They don't spend tax dollars keeping the weeds cut and median clean. There are weeds at intersection of Leelyn and Ritchie(in front of Goska's) that are a couple years old. The trash has not been picked up in so long that it has partially composted. Pretty soon the roots from the 3' tall weeds will start breaking up the road. The whole ditch looks terrible and the way the old trees fell in , looks like it wasn't well done to begin with.... I feel sorry for Westridge but don't think planting trees in beginning of summer is wise.
Nick Z. June 29, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Its not tax dollars. Its money from the developer's bond. So its the developers money.
amanda June 29, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Has anyone considered dumping a few of these in there? I know it's not the ultimate solution, but it might provide these families some relief. http://www.amazon.com/Summit-111-5-Mosquito-Dunks-20-Pack/dp/B0002568YA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340983346&sr=8-1&keywords=mosquito+larvae+tablets
Nick Z. June 29, 2012 at 03:31 PM
The health department will usually provide these to people who ask. The only problem is that if it rains, all the stuff will get washed out.
A Salus June 29, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Leslie, thanks for the article. Unfortunately, it's fallen upon deaf ears, or someone that refuses to believe a part of the project was flawed. The water does NOT filtrate back into the ground in this particular weir. It slowly (very, very slowly) evaporates, but never to a point where there is no water. I’ve researched many articles on manmade, storm water/wetland projects and yes, this weir exemplifies a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes. I took a ride past the lagoon this morning. They’re finishing planting the trees. HOWEVER, not one piece of trash has been picked up. I suppose they think by planting the trees that nobody will notice stagnant water & litter. Thanks Nick, just called the AA County Dept of Health to file a complaint about standing water. Standing water is standing water…plain and simple.

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