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DNR Seeks Public Input on the Future of Bloede Dam

Comment deadline August 31

photo of Bloede DamIlchester, Md. (June 18, 2012) ─ The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and partners have released an analysis evaluating the pros and cons of keeping, improving or removing Bloede Dam and are looking for citizens to share their input. The possible removal of Bloede Dam is part of a larger, more comprehensive effort to restore 43 miles of stream habitat for migratory and resident fish. The Patapsco River restoration project started with the removal of Union Dam in September 2009.

“We are considering removing the structure because it restricts fish and aquatic organisms from moving freely throughout the river,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “While the dam is a special feature of the Park, its elimination would also make the area safer for boaters, swimmers and other recreational users.”

The Patapsco River once supported large runs of shad, herring, and American eels, but several dams have blocked these historic migrations. A fish ladder was constructed at Bloede Dam in the 1990s in the hope of allowing fish to pass around the dam, but that ladder has proven ineffective at passing fish – especially American eel.

“Since the removal of Union and Simkins Dams, fish have started using the habitat re-opened to them,” said Mary Andrews of the NOAA Restoration Center. “We’re delighted that NOAA’s investment in the Patapsco River is paying off, and we’re eager to weigh the options and alternatives with the help of the public on how we can further increase fish habitat on the river.”

“We are anticipating a similar outcome if it’s decided that Bloede Dam will be removed,” said Griffin. “However, we are currently weighing the options and alternatives and are seeking ideas and suggestions from park users and other interested members of the public.”

Bloede Dam is owned by DNR and is located in Patapsco Valley State Park. DNR is accepting input online at dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/bloededam/index.asp and at two open houses: June 28 from 2 to 8 p.m. and June 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Catonsville Public Library at 1100 Frederick Road in Catonsville. Comments or suggestions are due by August 31, 2012.

A complete copy of the draft and more information is available at dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/bloededam/index.asp


   June 18, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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