BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Baltimore has approved funding to install “built-up wetlands” along the Central Branch, restore coastlines for parts of the Patapsco River, and protect adjacent areas of South Baltimore from flooding. flooding, Mayor Brandon Scott said Friday.
The project is part of a larger Reimagine Middle Branch initiative, which aims to activate the riverfront with parks, east-west trails and other amenities.
“Early maps of the Middle Branch… show a thick, natural, and resilient coastline,” a project report speak. “Over time, this coastline has been reshaped and hardened by industry and infrastructure, resulting in the coastline that is today thin, fragmented, and plagued by garbage, highways, vacant lots and lots of water. erode”.
On Wednesday, the Estimated Council approved an allocation of $5.1 million from the Department of Public Works budget for the construction of wetlands. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing an additional $3.5 million through a grant.
“Today’s funding announcement is a victory in the support of our neighbors and communities in South Baltimore, which these new wetlands will protect,” said Scott. “As a port city, we must proactively support and complete projects of this type to improve Baltimore’s climate resilience.”
Wetlands and nature-based restoration features will be installed on a city-owned riverfront parcel located near S. Hanover Street and Franklin Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood.
The South Baltimore Gateway Partnership is managing funds for the installation.
“This site is regularly flooded, making it impossible for emergency vehicles to get to Harbor Hospital quickly,” said South Baltimore Gateway Partner Operations Manager Brad Rogers. “We need to create these wetland protections to ensure that the communities of South Baltimore and their resources are protected long into the future.”
The Wetlands Project is a finalist with $32 million in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community and Resilient Infrastructure program, Scott said.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/12/10/funding-approved-constructed-wetland-along-middle-branch/ City Approves Funding for ‘Built Wetlands’ Along Central Branch – CBS Baltimore