Event Highlights Baltimore Harbor Restoration

Originally posted on CBS Baltimore:

BALTIMORE (AP) — Some Baltimore school children are joining federal and state officials in celebrating the transformation of a polluted South Baltimore waterfront into an environmental preserve.

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes are leading the event Wednesday at Masonville Cove.

The 11-acre nature area is part of a $22 million project to restore one of Baltimore harbor’s most polluted areas.

More than 60,000 tons of trash and debris dating back more than a century have been removed, along with invasive plants and sickly trees.

The area is being replanted with native trees, shrubs and wetland plants.

The nature area offers walking trails, fishing and bird-watching. A pier on the nearby Patapsco River provides access for kayaks and canoes.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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