CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A river restoration group has announced a $40,000 federal grant toward the proposed removal of a Potomac River dam at Cumberland.
The Cumberland Times-News reported Sunday that Washington-based American Rivers received the grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Light Snow Possible Across Region Wednesday Morning
The group says the money will help pay for testing of contaminants in the river bottom that could be released by demolition work.
The group is working with local advocates for removing the 54-year-old structure and developing a whitewater paddling course. Opponents say removing the dam would ruin a two-mile stretch of relatively deep water used by motorboats.READ MORE: Clarksburg Waitress Having Seizure Saved By Off-Duty Montgomery County Officer
The dam is beneath a bridge between Cumberland and Ridgeley, W.Va.
Cumberland Mayor Brian grim says sediment testing would help city officials decide whether to support dam removal.MORE NEWS: Maryland Board Of Education Sets Benchmarks To Lift Schools Mask Mandates
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