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      Baltimore project returning harbor access to neighborhood

      BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Port Administration is underwriting a $22 million restoration of a contaminated cove in south Baltimore in a trade-off that residents, environmentalists and port officials say is a win-win situation for groups that sparred in the past.

      In return for the restoration of Masonville Cove, community leaders in the Brooklyn, Cherry Hill and Curtis Bay communities are not opposing disposal of harbor dredging mud next to the cove.

      The neighborhoods will get waterfront access that they haven't had in decades and a community center they hope will anchor job training and green education programs.

      Some see it as a model for restoring the rest of the harbor. Beth McGee, a Chesapeake Bay Foundation scientists, says it's a first step toward making the harbor fishable and swimmable again.

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