A creek runs through an autumn landscape where restoration may happen for the 68th Street superfund case.

Draft Restoration Plan for Maryland’s 68th Street Dump Superfund Site Released for Public Comment

Natural resource trustee agencies for the 68th Street Dump Superfund site in Maryland released a draft restoration plan (PDF, 29 pages) for the public to review and comment on until March 2, 2020. The plan includes project options intended to restore habitat to make up for hazardous chemicals released into the environment at the 68th Street site, where seven former landfills were once active.

Two excavators hammer away at the Bloede Dam on a river shortly after its breach. Credit: Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

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.  

Two excavator machines work on building a shoreline project. A barge holding materials is in the water offshore.

Draft Amendment to Chalk Point Restoration Plan Released for Public Comment

NOAA and co-Trustees restoring resources damaged from a 2000 oil spill at Chalk Point in Maryland have released a Draft Amendment to the 2002 Restoration Plan for public comment.

High grass along the banks of a creek at the 68th Street superfund site.

$51.5 million Settlement Approved to Cleanup and Restore Baltimore’s 68th Street Superfund Site

On November 29, 2017, the Federal District Court of Maryland approved a consent decree (pdf) that moves forward the cleanup and restoration of the 68th Street Superfund Site near Baltimore, Maryland.

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After the Chalk Point oil spill in Maryland in 2000, a NOAA scientist samples sediment to determine the impact on bottom-dwelling creatures.

Chalk Point

Oil Spill | Patuxent River, Maryland | April 2000


What Happened?

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.


Piles of floating plastic trash litter the site. Proposed trashracks will capture and remove this material from the watershed.

68th Street

Hazardous Waste Site | Rosedale, Maryland | 1953 – 1970


After contamination was removed from the site, stream restoration, shown here, was completed.


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.