MD - Poplar Island Project - Huge Win for Baltimore's Economy
Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen yesterday announced the inclusion of key priorities for Maryland within the Army Corps FY2021 Work Plan that will direct significant federal funding to dredging, beach re-nourishment, oyster restoration and critical environmental remediation throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
In their statement, the senators also applauded the completion of the Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at Poplar Island, which received more than $487 million in federal funding.
Poplar Island has dramatically increased storage capacity for dredged materials from the Port of Baltimore and its channels, while benefiting the surrounding ecosystem.
The senators advocated for several funding priorities contained within the newly released Work Plan, including:
- $47.885 million for dredging of the Baltimore harbor and navigation channels;
- more than $11 million for Ocean City beach re-nourishment;
- $5 million for Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration;
- $3.2 million for remediation efforts at Curtis Bay.
The senators also noted important investments in Smith Island, where $4.45 million is directed to repair the south jetty that protects the entrance to the Big Thorofare federal channel, and the dredging of Calvert County’s Fishing Creek, where the federal channel provides a vital point of access for the U.S. Navy.