Removal of Maryland’s Bloede Dam


My incredible colleagues at American Rivers have removed a lot of dams over the past twenty years. Watching the newly free-flowing waters, hearing the cheers of the people on the riverbank, and witnessing the rebirth of the web of life that’s supported by the river — from insects to otters to fish to osprey — never fails to fire me up and fill me with hope.

Now, we’re gearing up for our next big success and we want to share it with you.

When it comes to dams that have long overstayed their welcome, Maryland’s Bloede Dam is near the top of that list. Built in the early 1900’s, it is one of four problematic dams that have impacted the Patapsco River and the Chesapeake Bay. With the help of our supporters and partners, we removed two of the dams several years ago, making now the right time to take action on Bloede.

The benefits will be significant, for both the community and the environment. Tragically, nine people have died at Bloede Dam from drowning over the past several decades. Removing the dam will eliminate this serious safety hazard in the heart of a popular state park. With Bloede gone, the river will be a more welcoming place for families, swimmers, boaters and anglers.

Tearing down the dam and restoring the Patapsco River will also revitalize fish and wildlife in the river and the Chesapeake Bay. At least five different species of fish have been harmed by the dams on the Patapsco, including alewife, which is vital to the food web. We can't wait to see the native fish recover, opening up more recreation and economic opportunities for the entire region.

The restoration of the Patapsco River is a very special project. You can learn more about our work on Bloede Dam, including the dangers it presents and the benefits of its removal, on our website at As always, thank you for your support.

--Amy Kober
National Communications Director
American Rivers

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