Chesapeake Bay Islands Restoration Project to Start Erosion Prevention – CBS Baltimore

TILGHMAN ISLAND, Md. (WJZ) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore County is planning to begin a new project to restore two eroding Chesapeake Bay Islands.

“They have eroded over time due to climate change and just the raw wave energy of the Chesapeake Bay,” Trevor Cyran, OLDivil Works Project Manager for the Corps of Engineers.

The Midway Island Project will rebuild the James and Barren Islands, lie off the coast of Dorchester County. It is expected to begin in September.

The project will use material dredged from the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay maritime channels leading to the Port of Baltimore.

“We dredge material out of those canals and instead of wasting it and dumping it into the ocean, we rebuild our islands.” William Doyle, Executive Director for the Maryland Administration.

Many species of birds and other wildlife live on the island. But their habitat has disappeared as the islands have been eroded.

“Human activity Yes Cyran says it has essentially eliminated that habitat for the various species that depend on it for survival.

The new project is similar to The Poplar Island project also uses dredged material to restore that island.

The Mid-bay the project will restore 2100 acres routine and will also allow large container ships continue to pass through the Chesapeake and into the port.

“It allows existing ships that we have seen to dock but it also continue to allow the larger ships that we’re seeing to also come in,” Holly Miller, The Maryland Port Authority’s Deputy Director of Port Development.

The project is one of 500 projects around the country funded by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, provided 14 billion dollars dollars to improve ports and waterways and increase climate resilience. The Mid Gulf Island project is getting $37.5 million from it.

“It’s really a combination of restoring the ecosystems of the two businesses and the beneficial use of dredges to keep their ports open,” says Cyran.

The project is expected to last until 2067. Chesapeake Bay Islands Restoration Project to Start Erosion Prevention – CBS Baltimore

Jake Nichol

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