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Army Corps Receives More Than $97M for Essential Water Resources Projects in Chesapeake Bay Region

BALTIMORE, MD — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, received more than $97 million from the Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed into law by President Biden on March 15, 2022, which will provide necessary funding for construction and operations and maintenance missions across the mid-Atlantic region, including local dredging projects; critical environmental restoration that benefits the Chesapeake Bay and Anacostia watersheds; and essential slope stabilization efforts at Morgan State University.

“This funding is essential to honor our commitments to our partners and communities to restore and protect our local ecosystems, reduce flood risk, and keep our waterways open for safe navigation and commerce,” said Col. Estee Pinchasin, Baltimore District Commander.

Baltimore District highlights include:

  • $30 million for Anacostia Watershed Restoration, Prince George’s County: Design and construction work will restore seven miles of instream habitat; open four miles for fish passage; and connect 14 miles of stream to previously restored stream reaches.
  • $5.75 million for the Chesapeake Bay Environmental and Protection Program (Section 510): Design and construction will include several environmental restoration and/or public infrastructure protection projects in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
  • $4.2 million for Poplar Island Ecosystem Restoration: Funding will be used to continue the placement of material dredged from the approach channels to the Port of Baltimore to restore Chesapeake Bay wetlands and remote island habitat.

Operations and maintenance highlights include: 

  • Approximately $22 million for operations and maintenance work across flood risk management dams in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
  • $20.385 million to dredge the Baltimore Harbor and approach channels to a depth of 50 feet.
  • $4.3 million to dredge the Wicomico River.

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