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VIDEO: Inside New Barren Island Restoration Project

An aerial view of the project getting underway at Barren Island. Much of the open water will be filled in as wetlands.

Posted on August 23, 2023

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has launched a massive undertaking: a $4.5 billion project to rebuild wetlands on the disappearing Barren Island in the mid-Chesapeake Bay. Barren and its neighbor, James Island, have withered away to small spits of land. They’ll serve as the long-term site for dredged material from the Port of Baltimore’s shipping channels. Cheryl Costello got a first look at the construction underway that will transform these islands. Watch below:


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