Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration

One of the newer placement sites, Mid-Bay, as the project is commonly known, is located in Dorchester County near what remains of James Island and Barren Island, which have been ravaged by erosion like other sites selected as placement facilities. 

As part of the 20-year DMMP strategy, Mid-Bay is a crucial future placement site and is integral to the Port’s strategy to manage sediment dredged from Bay channels to enable cargo ships to travel through and do business in the Port of Baltimore. 

When complete, Mid-Bay will restore over 2,000 acres of land and wetlands, protecting seagrass beds, enhancing wildlife habitat for birds, and recreationally and commercially important fish species.  

Implementation in the form of pre-construction at Mid-Bay is currently underway and once Poplar Island reaches capacity, Mid-Bay will accept 2-3 million cubic yards of dredged material annually from the Maryland Chesapeake Bay channel segments to begin the islands’ habitat restoration.


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Learn more about the Mid-Bay Project's history and benefits and engage with interactive aerial maps showing the site before restoration.

Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration Project
Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration Project

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