State Awards $2.7 Million to Anne Arundel County For Water Quality Projects

A Capital-Gazette article (2016-07-06) reported that the State Highway Administration and the Department of Natural Resources have awarded more than $2.7 million to Anne Arundel County’s Watershed Protection and Restoration Program for two stream restoration projects and three stormwater management pond retrofits. From the article:

“We are excited the Hogan administration is helping assist us as we work to clean up the more than 530 miles of shoreline in our county,” said County Executive Steve Schuh. “These investments will help make Anne Arundel County a model jurisdiction for stormwater management”

• $800,000 from the SHA Transportation Alternatives Program will provide the “final critical piece of funding” for the Cowhide Branch Stream restoration capital project in Annapolis. It will enable a construction contract for stream restoration and a fish passage project downstream of the Westfield Annapolis mall, the county said.

  • $800,000 from DNR’s Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund will contribute to three pond retrofits near Baby Bear Court in Glen Burnie and Tulip Oak Court and Golden Oak Drive in Linthicum, the county said. Construction on the retrofits, which enable stormwater ponds to improve water quality, will start this summer and will conclude by the end of the year.

•$1,136,460 from DNR’s Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund will provide funding for the Kingsberry Drive outfall and stream restoration project. The project, in the St. Margarets farm community in Annapolis, uses “step pools, natural channel design and flood plain reconnection restoration methods to stabilize the stream and provide ecological uplift,” the county said.