RAJ REPORT

How East Trinty can be RESTORED with DREDGE SPOILS and the Port can have bigger ships—–t is a cooperative effort of government agencies to improve commerce and infrastructure while restoring the environment. Dredge spoils drawn for the upper channel leading to the Port of Baltimore are brought to the eroding Poplar Island (off the coast of Tilghman Island in Talbot County), then scientifically put in place in an effort to bring the island back to its former 1100 acre footprint. Educational tours can be books through the Maryland Environmental Service

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Poplar Island Restoration Project

court stevenson and jeff cornwall on poplar islandIn the early 1990s, an effort was initiated by the Port of Baltimore, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Maryland Environmental Service to use material dredged from shipping channels of the upper Bay to rebuild Poplar Island near Talbot County, MD. At four miles long, the restored 1140 acre site approximates the 1847 outline of Poplar Island, which was renowned for its waterfowl, terrapins, fish and crabs. Construction began in 1998 and is expected to continue until 2020. When complete, the island will be equally divided between tidal marsh and upland, and will provide habitat for a variety of migratory and resident wildlife.

Early attempts to establish marsh vegetation using seed were not successful, but in 2003 plant “plugs” put in by hand combined with favorable weather conditions resulted in a robust and natural looking wetland. Horn Point Laboratory scientists have been monitoring the development of the wetland to gain information which will be helpful in future plantings.

Water quality and sediment data (below) recorded in 2004 in the restored Poplar Island marsh and a natural marsh at Horn Point indicate that the restored marsh is also functioning like a natural marsh, although significant differences in sediment chemistry remain.

 

 

 

Uploaded on Jun 16, 2011

This Travel Hag was able to visit the Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project on Poplar Island in the Chesapeake Bay. It is a cooperative effort of government agencies to improve commerce and infrastructure while restoring the environment. Dredge spoils drawn for the upper channel leading to the Port of Baltimore are brought to the eroding Poplar Island (off the coast of Tilghman Island in Talbot County), then scientifically put in place in an effort to bring the island back to its former 1100 acre footprint. Educational tours can be books through the Maryland Environmental Service

Poplar Island – Vanishing Land and Habitat Restored with Baltimore Dredge Spoils – YouTube.

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