Act provides $50 million for dredging projects

Maryland Watch

October 25, 1997

The Energy and Water Appropriations Act, signed into law recently by President Clinton, provides more than $50 million for construction of Poplar Island and improvements to the port of Baltimore's shipping channels.

The funding includes $25.6 million for Poplar Island, which will use dikes and breakwaters to contain about 38 million cubic yards of dredged material.

The project will create a wetland habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife and halt further erosion of the once-popular Talbot County resort, now tidal marshes and mud flats.

Also included in the law is $13 million for dredging in the Baltimore harbor and channels and $11.8 million for maintenance dredging of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and its approach channels.

The Army Corps of Engineers approved a plan recently to widen and deepen the six-mile Brewerton Extension Channel, the shortest route between Baltimore and the Tolchester Channel, which leads to the canal. The project is expected to cost $13.9 million, with the federal government paying $10.4 million.

Pub Date: 10/25/97

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