- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore’s harbor and the waterways that feed it are getting cleaner but still receive a failing grade in a new report.

The report card released Thursday by Waterfront Partnership and Blue Water Baltimore gave failing grades for water quality to the Inner Harbor and two waterways: Jones Falls and the tidal portion of the Patapsco River.

But for the first time since the report launched in 2012, the Gwynns Falls improved to a D-minus.

The group credits funds from increased stormwater management fees for the improvement. In addition, the report says the Inner Harbor Water Wheel, installed a year ago at the end of Jones Falls, has removed 158 tons of trash, including 97,710 water bottles and 4.4 million cigarette butts.

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