A $3.57 million grant to a national conservation organization will go toward the removal of the Bloede Dam, as part of the Patapsco River Restoration Project.
With the dam gone, the area will be less of a public safety hazard, state officials say. A swimmer drowned near the site in early August.
Removing the lowermost dam on the Patapsco will also open up spawning habitat for fish like blueback herring and American shad. These fish are crucial to the health of the river and the Chesapeake Bay, according to a statement from American Rivers, the conservation organization receiving the grant.
The grant was awarded by the NOAA Restoration Center.