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DNR Funds Pleasure Island Dredging and Shoreline Project

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD — The Department of Natural Resources’ Waterway Improvement Fund (WIF) has awarded Baltimore County $1.5 million towards a multi year project to dredge the Pleasure Island Channel and establish living shorelines.

"We are very pleased that this project will be underway soon,” stated County Executive Jim Smith. “It will be a great asset to Eastern Baltimore County by protecting Pleasure Island, improving boating access and providing many recreation and habitat enhancements."

“This project will not only benefit the thousands of boaters that annually use the Pleasure Island Channel, but will also stabilize the eroding shoreline on the island which will lead to cleaner water in the Bay,” said Director of DNR Boating Services Bob Gaudette.

A living shoreline is engineered to improve water quality by trapping sediment while protecting the shore and providing habitat for native plants and animals. The total shoreline project length is 2,200 feet. The project will also stabilize the highly popular Pleasure Island channel and improve safety and access for recreational boaters.

The WIF grant is part of a network of funding used to pay for this project which will include beach stabilizations with wetland vegetation and a groin constructed on the north side of the Island to trap sand. The total cost for the project is $4.3 million and will also include money from the Maryland Port Administration and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Program.

Site surveys by Baltimore County will resume once ice in the area melts. Once the project is underway, it is expected to take approximately two years to complete.

   January 14, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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