Federal funds OK'd for two water projects

November 19, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Congress has agreed to set aside $18.4 million to pay for maintenance dredging of Baltimore Harbor, in addition to $14.1 million to continue the Poplar Island project.

The Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for maintaining shipping channels, will use the money to remove about 2.5 million cubic yards of material from the harbor, according to the office of Democratic Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland.

In the Poplar Island project, the engineers aim to turn dredge spoil into a wildlife preserve.

Once completed, the 1,100-acre island would provide a sanctuary for eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets and terrapins.

The project is expected to cost $254 million in federal money to complete, Hoyer said.

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