Both maritime commerce and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay are vitally important to Maryland. Each year, more than 2,000 cargo vessels and cruise ships call on the Port of Baltimore, moving approximately 40 million tons of cargo and generating $1.4 billion in revenue. As they travel, these ships pass through the Chesapeake Bay -- Maryland's natural treasure and the nation's largest estuary.
As a result, the Maryland Port Administration has dual responsibilities. One is to ensure that vessels traveling to and from Baltimore have safe and navigable channels. The second is to support regional goals for clean water and healthy wildlife habitat in the Chesapeake Bay.
The Maryland Port Administration works with citizens, community organizations, and the best science available to meet these commitments. On this web site, you'll discover how:
Learn about the deep-water channel system that carries ships
through the relatively shallow waters of the Chesapeake Bay, as
well as the role of the Harbor Safety and Coordination
Dredging Program: Explore the
need and process for dredging and the ways in which dredged
material helps to restore wildlife habitat (including Hart-Miller
Island and Poplar Island). Learn about in the Dredged Material
Management Program, through which citizens and scientists play an
active role in dredging decisions.
Discover how partners at the Port of Baltimore protect and restore
native species, add valuable Bay habitat, and convert paved
schoolyards into much-needed green space for students.
Explore the tours and educational
resources for learning about maritime trade, the dredging process,
and the Chesapeake Bay. Citizens are also encouraged to share
their questions and concerns by contacting or joining the Dredged
Material Management Program.