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a river winding through a landscape
The Patapsco River runs free at the former Bloede Dam site in Maryland.
Credit: American Rivers, Serena McClain

Patapsco River safer, healthier without Bloede Dam

August 2, 2019 - Bloede Dam is history, and the future is brighter for the Patapsco River in Maryland. The nearly $18-million project to remove the obsolete and dangerous dam was completed by public and private partners, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It eliminated a significant safety hazard, restored wildlife habitat, and improved recreational opportunities.

The project restored more than 65 miles of spawning habitat for blueback herring, alewife, American shad, and hickory shad and more than 183 miles for American eel. It was partially funded by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, which gave the Fish and Wildlife Service more than $100 million to make human and wildlife communities stronger after Hurricane Sandy.

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Published on: Friday, August 02,2019

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