"Dam Removals Open Northeast Rivers to Fish, Recreation"

"WASHINGTON, DC -- A dam that has blocked Maryland’s Patapsco River for nearly 100 years will be removed shortly, utilizing a $3.57 million grant awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Restoration Center to the nonprofit organization American Rivers."

"The grant supports the Patapsco River Restoration Project. It will fund removal of the Bloede Dam, the lowermost dam on the river, opening up more than 44 miles of spawning habitat for blueback herring, alewife and American shad, and more than 180 miles of habitat for American eel.

Herring and shad are critical to the web of life in the Patapsco River and the Chesapeake Bay, and are an important food source for other recreational and commercial fish species like striped bass, says the river advocacy group."

Environment News Service had the story August 22, 2013.

Source: ENS, 08/23/2013