Conservation News: Oct. 2018

By Dave Keane

Blode Dam Removal Project

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, the Maryland DNR partially breached the Blode Dam located on the Patapsco River, beginning a project to remove the century old structure. If you grew up in the Ellicott City / Elkridge areas you probably spent time exploring the Dam like I did as a kid. On hot days you could walk inside the Dam and cool off and watch the waters of the Patapsco River flow over top of you. Built in 1907 the Blode Dam was the first underwater hydroelectric Dam in the world supplying electric to surrounding areas.

Learn more about the history of the Dam and how its removal will improve habitat, public safety and recreation on the Patapsco River.

Freecycle Roundup – City of Frederick

This event is an opportunity for Frederick City residents to drop off items at no cost and to reduce items going into the landfill.

When: October 20, 2018 from 8 am- 2 pm
Where: Public Works Complex, 111 Airport Drive East

For more information contact Tammy Albaugh at: or call: 301-600-1680.
Limited only to residents of Frederick City

Fall Tree Planting

Stream-Link Education is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to connect community to conservation by organizing volunteer tree planting experiences to promote environmental awareness. With the help from volunteers, they plant native trees and shrubs within the area known as the riparian zone, the land that extends from the banks of a stream, to improve water quality. Learn about their fall tree planting events here.