Sunday, March 07, 2010

The Ice is Slowly Melting

A commenter on a recent post asked “Are you going to post something about the spring weather coming our way?”

Yes, right now in fact.

Yesterday I took Peanut and her buddy Sar Sar for a walk down the Grist Mill Trail to the Bloede Dam. Peanut is working on a hydroelectric project for her sixth grade science project and I thought a trip to the “worlds first underwater hydroelectric plant” might be instructive. In it’s hey day the Bloede dam provided power to homes in Ellicott City, Catonsville, and Elkridge.

It was also a “dam” good excuse to get outside and enjoy the nicest Saturday we’ve had in awhile.

The first thing I noticed as we crossed the swinging bridge in Ilchester was how fast the river was running thanks to the snow melt. The mist from the water flowing over the now decommissioned dam drifted all the way up to the path.

And speaking of dams, a little further up the river towards Ellicott City lies Simkins Dam. This is one of two dams that are slated to be removed in order to improve the flow of the river. Work on the dam is scheduled to begin sometime in late summer or early fall.


Anonymous said...

Yep, there's a rich history to the Patapsco River Valley. You should check it out.