Fort McHenry Wetlands Restoration
Wetlands protect the Chesapeake Bay by providing numerous functions like flood buffering, bank stabilization, and water quality improvement by filtering excess nutrients from the water. Wetlands also serve as essential nursery areas for many species of fish and finfish, which are economically important to the Bay’s economy. The community-based restoration project at Ft. McHenry is located at a tidal marsh next to the Ft. McHenry monument. This ten-acre marsh was created as mitigation for the environmental impacts of urbanization but has not been monitored. The main objectives of this restoration project are to collect baseline date on the ecological parameters of the marsh, establish a community-based trash collection program, eradicate Phragmites australis from the site, plant beneficial marsh vegetation, reforest an adjacent bank, install an osprey platform, evaluate the functionality of an oyster bar adjacent to the site, and develop innovative public involvement activities.