ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it is asking for the public’s input on the future of Bloede Dam in Patapsco Valley State Park.

DNR says it is evaluating the pros and cons of removing, improving or keeping the Baltimore County dam. DNR Secretary John Griffin says the department is considering removing the dam because it restricts the movement of fish and other aquatic creatures.

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Griffin says removal of the dam also would make the area safer for boaters, swimmers and visitors.

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The river once supported runs of shad, herring and eels, which have been blocked by several dams. Two have already been removed.

The department says it is accepting input on the Bloede Dam online and at open houses June 28 and 29 at the Catonsville Public Library.

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