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 dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/bloededam/index.asp
Comments or suggestions are due by August 31, 2012.
A complete copy of the draft and more information is available at dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/bloededam/index.asp
source: MD DNR