FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2014
Contact: John Sales
WHITEMARSH RUN RESTORATION PROJECT
TO BEGIN NEXT MONTH
Includes Wetland Creation, Preservation and Enhancements, Stream Restoration and Invasive Species Management
BALTIMORE, MD The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $4.9 million project to restore Whitemarsh Run and its wetlands in Northeast Baltimore County. The environmental mitigation/stewardship project, expected to begin in May, is part of the I-95 Improvement Project with Express Toll Lanes (ETL) and will offset environmental impacts from recent and prior activities to streams and wetlands.
The Whitemarsh Run Conservation Area covers 183 acres of undeveloped, open and forested land in White Marsh at the head of Bird River within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The ecologically valuable land experienced negative impacts from mining operations in the area between 1929 and the early 1980s and unavoidable impacts from recent construction work on the ETL.
The project will preserve, create and enhance wetlands; control erosion and sedimentation to improve water quality; improve fish passage and nurture spawning habitats for successful future fish populations; improve wildlife habitat and enhance the diversity of native vegetation; manage invasive species; and establish native forest communities that provide habitat for a variety of wildlife.
The environmental project is expected to last nearly one year. Environmental Quality Resources, LLC, of Arbutus, Md. will perform the work. The Maryland Department of the Environment and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will guide and regulate the design, construction and long-term monitoring of the project.
For more information about the project visit mdta.maryland.gov and
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