Grant: $4,020,438 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Jul. 1, 2009
75% voted satisfied - 25% voted not satisfied - 4 vote(s) cast
Award Description: RECOVERY ACT - PATAPSCO RIVER RESTORATION THROUGH BARRIER REMOVALS IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND American Rivers will partner with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park to remove Union and Simkins dams on the Patapsco River. Project includes the removal and site restoration of Union Dam; final design and permitting of the Simkins Dam; the dredging and disposal of sediment impounded behind the Simkins Dam; the removal and site restoration of the Simkins Dam; and project management, outreach and education associated with both restoration sites. Pre- and post-restoration monitoring for stream temperatures, stream geomorphology, riparian buffer vegetation, water chemistry, fish and bug assemblages, and possibly soil chemistry will be conducted at these sites. In addition to the jobs created, this project will enhance the long-term ecological and socioeconomic prosperity of the community. Specifically, this project will: restore access to an additional 374 stream miles for diadromous fish and eliminate or substantially reduce the incidence of life-threatening accidents.
Project Description: The overall purpose of the Patapsco River Restoration award is the removal of the Union and Simkins dams on the Patapsco River in order to restore access to more than 374 stream miles for diadromous fish, improve water quality, eliminate a safety hazard and enhance the socioeconomic prosperity of the community. The project began July 1, 2009, and activities to date include: initial biological monitoring conducted at both sites; onsite sediment management meeting and survey work at the Simkins site; finalized Simkins design for permit submittal; continued regulatory coordination activities for the Simkins site; conducted a public meeting and information session for the project; awarded the bid for the Union site; and held the pre-construction meeting for the Union project.
Jobs Summary: Removing the Simkins and Union dams on the Patapsco River will result in the creation of jobs for the construction, engineering, and scientific and technical consulting sectors and boost the long-term prosperity for the community. During the First Quarter, each of these job sectors were impacted positively by work conducted as part of the Patapsco River Restoration Project. Overall, since the project began on July 1, 2009, a calculated equivalent of 2 jobs has been created or maintained. Although not billed to American Rivers as of September 30, 2009, activity on the Simkins Dam has resulted in 201.25 job hours in the Engineering Services sector and employed both senior and junior design engineers, a project manager, administrative and research staff, and a field survey crew. Additionally, employees working on behalf of the Simkins Dam project logged 32.5 hours in the Scientific and Technical Services sectors and employed a senior fluvial geomorphologist to conduct sediment modeling and lab technicians to analyze sediment/water quality data. Activity on the Union Dam also resulted in job activity. MD DNR selected a construction firm to remove the Union Dam. The firm logged 522 job hours for the contracting Engineering Construction project management team as senior management and administrative officials worked to get contracts in place, secure necessary equipment, hire new employees, and begin staging the site. Finally, employees in the Environment, Conservation and Wildlife Organization sectors logged 304.2 job hours providing project management, compliance and oversight for the overall Patapsco Restoration Project. (Total jobs reported: 2)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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