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Saving the Patapsco – 100 years of activism with Ned Tillman

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Benjamin Banneker Historical

300 Oella Avenue

Catonsville, MD 21228

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Ned has been walking, canoeing, and studying the Patapsco for 40 years. He has written about it in his first two books. He will tell us a few of the stories that made the river legendary, describing the people and the efforts who have been important to the river’s health in the past, in the present, and what is needed to keep it healthy in the future. Ned will have copies of his new book, "The Big Melt" for sale.


Ned Tillman is an award-winning author and a Earth Scientist who has spent most of his career exploring, studying, and cleaning up the Chesapeake Watershed. His first book, The Chesapeake Watershed describes his personal experiences with the flora, fauna, and people of this region. His second book, Saving the Places we Love, looks back at what it took to restore the Patapsco and other wonderful areas from overexploitation. His recently released book, The Big Melt, explores what might happen to our valley and beyond in the near future and what we all need to be doing to save it. Ned has served as the chairman of the HoCo Conservancy Board, the HoCo Sustainability Board, the HoCo General Plan Task Force, and facilitated the process for designating the valley as an Heritage Site. He also has served on the boards of the Maryland Science Center, the Horizon Foundation, and the Izaak Walton League.

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