Saturday, June 30, 2012

Bloede Dam - Patapsco Valley State Park

Patapsco River kayakers could have improved access in the future, if a third dam is removed from the river. Bloede Dam, which is owned by DNR is located in Patapsco Valley State Park.

The possible removal of Bloede Dam is part of a larger, more comprehensive effort to restore 43 miles of stream habitat for migratory and resident fish. The Patapsco River restoration project started with the removal of Union Dam in September 2009.

The Patapsco River once supported runs of shad, herring, and American eels, but multiple dams on the river have blocked fish migrations. According to biologists, a number of species have returned to the upper river following the removal of Union and Simkins Dams.

DNR is accepting input online at

Comments or suggestions are due by August 31, 2012.

A complete copy of the draft and more information is available at

source: MD DNR

Monday, June 11, 2012

Potomac River Smallmouth Bass Angler Survey

From June through October 2012 Maryland Department of Natural Resource (DNR) will be conducting a smallmouth bass angler survey on the Potomac River between Harpers Ferry and Seneca Breaks.

Information gathered from the survey will be used to help biologists track smallmouth bass population trends and gauge the effects of regulations.

The survey will collect basic fishing information from anglers via postage prepaid survey cards, which will be distributed to anglers on the river and at bass clubs.

In November, DNR will randomly draw 10 winners from the survey submissions who will each receive a $50 prepaid debit card.

source: MD DNR