Removing Bloede Dam - A Victory 10 Years in the Making
On September 14th, 2018 following ten years of planning between NOAA and project partners, explosives were detonated on the Bloede Dam. Water and rubble shot into the air, and the dam was breached. The Bloede Dam removal is one of the largest and most complicated in NOAA’s history, and a major victory for fish and communities along the Patapsco River in Maryland.
Draft Amendment to Chalk Point Restoration Plan Released for Public Comment
$51.5 million Settlement Approved to Cleanup and Restore Baltimore’s 68th Street Superfund Site
Oil Spill | Patuxent River, Maryland | April 2000
On April 7, 2000, a 12-inch oil pipeline ruptured underground at the Pepco Chalk Point electric generating facility in Aquasco, Maryland. Approximately 140,000 gallons of oil spilled into Swanson Creek, a small tributary of the Patuxent River. The oil moved over containment booms, ultimately affecting approximately 40 linear miles of environmentally sensitive downstream creeks and shorelines along the Patuxent River.
Hazardous Waste Site | Rosedale, Maryland | 1953 – 1970
Hazardous Waste Site | Elkton, MD | 1961 to Present
Beginning in 1961, a solvent recycling facility here contaminated soils and groundwater with VOCs. These substances were released into the adjacent Little Elk Creek, which flows into the Elk River, a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.