Once a thriving 1,000-acre community, the island fell victim to erosion. In 1994, all that remained of the island were several small clusters of islets rising just above the surface of the water.
Reduced to 4 acres, Poplar Island’s disappearance seemed imminent. Rather than let the island disappear, federal and state environmental agencies decided the island is worth saving.
Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Maryland Port Administration, and Maryland Environmental Service, the Aquarium is leading the effort to restore the island by planting native marsh grasses that will ensure added site stability, reduce the potential for erosion, and provide habitat for wildlife.
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Poplar Island is located in the upper Chesapeake Bay, about 34 miles south of Baltimore, near Talbot County.