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Plan to remove Bloede Dam moves forward
Plan to remove Bloede Dam moves forward

The Bloede Dam was built in 1907 on the meandering Patapsco River to generate electricity. Now more than a century later, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources plans to remove the defunct dam, because it poses a public safety hazard, blocks the passage of fish and disrupts water flow, said Serena McClain, director of the river restoration program with the nonprofit American Rivers. The organization teamed up with DNR, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, environmental engineering firm Inter-Fluve and environmental engineers and scientists at Hazen and Sawyer on the project. An open house was held at the Arbutus Library on...