The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced Bloede Dam, located along the Patapsco River, is scheduled to be removed from Patapsco Valley State Park over the next two years, with completion scheduled for late spring 2019.
Construction staging and trail closures will begin Sept. 5, 2017, following the Labor Day holiday weekend. During the project, sections of the Grist Mill and Buzzards Rock trails will be closed along with portions of the Patapsco River from Ilchester Road bridge down to the dam. Park patrons, including anglers, bikers and hikers are encouraged to seek alternatives, either within the park or elsewhere.
“This has been a long time coming; the department and our partners have been working on this dam removal project for the last five to six years,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “While we know the project may entail some short-term inconveniences, we are confident that this restoration project will ultimately enhance the ecosystem and improve public safety once complete. We ask our guests and visitors for patience as we work to reclaim the Patapsco River and ultimately help restore the Chesapeake Bay.”