Key Bridge Salvage Raises Concerns About Stirring Toxic Sludge in Baltimore Harbor

By all accounts, the destruction of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge was first and foremost a human tragedy. Six men – all of them workers performing routine road maintenance – lost their lives in the early morning hours of March 26 after a cargo ship slammed into the span.

But was it an environmental tragedy as well? It doesn’t appear to have been, authorities tell the Bay Journal.

That’s not to say the environment is out of the woods. As the long, slow work of retrieving the fallen portion of the bridge from the mouth of the Patapsco River continues, environmental experts say, there are potential threats to water quality and aquatic life.