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									                               Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore County, MD


FACT SHEET as of February 2010

Authorization: Continuing Authorities Program (CAP),
Section 1135 of the Water Resources Development Act of
1986, as amended

Type of Project: Project Modifications for the
Improvement of the Environment
Project Phase: Implementation
Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) Contributions:
Meets 3 out of 10 CBP Keystone Commitments: Reduce
Nutrient & Sediment Inputs; Restore and/or Protect
Wetlands; and Restore and/or Protect SAV.

Congressional Interest:   Senators Mikulski and
Cardin (MD); Congressmen Ruppersburger
MD-02)

Congressional Interest: Senators Mikulski and Cardin (MD); Congressmen Ruppersburger
MD-02)

Non-Federal Sponsor: Maryland Port Administration
Background: Hart-Miller Island (HMI) is located in the open waters of the northern Chesapeake Bay in
Baltimore County, Maryland. HMI was constructed of dredged material beginning in 1981, and is the
authorized placement site for dredged material removed from the Federal navigation project serving the
Port of Baltimore. The island is located adjacent to the Brewerton section of the 50-foot navigation
channel. The island is 1,100 acres and is divided into two cells, a north cell and a south cell. In 1991,
the Maryland Port Administration closed the 300-acre south cell of the facility to further placement of
dredged material. The recommended plan for the restoration of the south cell consists of approximately
180 acres of wetlands and mudflats for shorebird habitat, a one-acre nesting island, and 118 acres of
upland for songbird habitat. A pumping system has been constructed to manage the water levels in the
project area. This re-creation of wetland, mudflat, upland, and island habitat at HMI would provide
avian habitat and significantly improve regional wildlife habitat diversity in the northern Chesapeake
Bay. The project will provide habitat for over 200 species of birds, nesting habitat for the endangered
Least Tern, and public access for bird-watching and passive recreation.

Status: Construction has been completed. In FY 07, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated a
post-construction, fish and wildlife monitoring effort to assess if there are any effects from the dredged
material placed in the south cell habitat restoration area. Preliminary results indicate that there has
been no bioaccumulation of contaminants in fish tissue. The last year of monitoring began on
November 1, 2008 and ended on October 31, 2009. A draft final monitoring report is due to be
completed by February 2010.



                      U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS – BALTIMORE DISTRICT
                                 P.O. Box 1715, Baltimore, MD 21203
                                      http://www.nab.usace.army.mil
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Issues:   None.

Budget:

   Cost Estimate by Phase ($1,000’s)               Feasibility         Design/Implementation
   Current Estimate                                   1,024                          5,629
       Federal Cost                                     512                          4,488
       Non-Federal Cost                                 512                          1,141

   Funds Data ($1,000’s)                                                                Total
   Allocation Through FY 09                                                             5,000
   FY 10 Allocation                                                                         0
   FY 11 Capability                                                                         0

Schedule:
   FY 09 Completed Work:
   • Continued the ongoing fish and wildlife monitoring of the south cell environmental restoration
      project.

   FY 10 Planned Work:
   • Complete the on-going fish and wildlife monitoring of the south cell environmental restoration
      project. A draft final monitoring report is scheduled to be completed by February 2010.

   Scheduled Completion Dates: (with optimum funding)
   • Complete the fish and wildlife monitoring project for the south cell environmental restoration
      project in FY 10.



For more information regarding the Hart-Miller Island Environmental Restoration project, contact Mr.
Mark Chalecki, CENAB-PL-P, (410) 962-3511, or e-mail, mark.s.chalecki@usace.army.mil.




                     U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS – BALTIMORE DISTRICT
                                P.O. Box 1715, Baltimore, MD 21203
                                     http://www.nab.usace.army.mil
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