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Materials presented at the Open House can be downloaded by clicking the link below:
Bloede Dam Removal Open House on January 29 (13MB sized file)Bloede Dam Public Comments Response 2015
Looking ahead, the department and it's partners will work on the following tasks:
Problem: The Bloede Dam is located within the Patapsco River State Park and was built in 1907. The dam is a public safety concern (deaths have occurred), an obstacle for fish passage, and it fragments river continuity and aquatic habitats.
Responsibility: Bloede dam is owned by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Process: A feasibility study was commissioned to evaluate the dam's negative impact on the ecology of the Patapsco River and issues of public safety. After a thorough analysis and public input (2011-2012), the Department and project partners made the decision to move forward with the Bloede Dam removal with passive sediment management.
With the removal of all or most of Bloede Dam, the department envisions a restored Patapsco River System with a wide range of benefits and long-term cost savings. It is recognized that this decision is not without potential adverse impacts.
A significant historical structure in Patapsco Valley State Park will be lost, there will be short-term impacts to the ecology of the river, fishing and other recreational opportunities will be affected, and there will be temporary inconvenience to park visitors.
However, there will be long-term ecological benefits to the Patapsco River and the Chesapeake Bay, including:
To address the loss of a cultural and historic resource, a portion of the dam structure will be retained on the Howard County side with the placement of appropriate interpretive displays on location and possibly another interpretative display on the Baltimore County side.
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