Board of Public Works Awards $74 Million for Local Water Projects

chesapeake-bay-1310538_1920Chesapeake Bay Magazine article (2018-11-19) reported that the Maryland Board of Public Works has approved $74 million in wastewater and sewage treatment projects. The projects will address local water quality and help in Chesapeake Bay Restoration efforts. While most of the funding will go to Baltimore City, other counties with approved projects include: Allegany, Caroline, Frederick, and Garrett Counties. From the article:

“These are smart investments to protect public health and the environment while saving money and energy in Maryland communities,” said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. “We said we would support Baltimore City’s work to stop sewage overflows to meet the requirements of our consent decree, and we are doing exactly that. We will continue to push aggressively for environmental progress.”

The approved projects include:

  • Allegany County ($500,000) for restoration project in Upper George’s Creek to offset acid and iron contamination from legacy coal mining
  • Baltimore City ($57 million) for the City’s ongoing major sewer system infrastructure upgrades as required by consent decree from the Maryland Department of the Environment and the United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Caroline County ($11 million) for upgrading the Town of Preston’s wastewater treatment plant to Biological Nutrient Removal and Enhanced Nutrient Removal
  • Caroline County ($2.2 million) for improvements to the Town of Denton’s wastewater treatment plant (which is already at Enhanced Nutrient Removal)
  • Frederick County ($2.4 million) for a solar generation facility and battery system at the Ballenger-McKinney Enhanced Nutrient Removal Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Garrett County ($1.5 million) for the planning, design, and construction of new wastewater treatment plant for the Town of Accident

Learn more about technical assistance programs and proposals designed to help your counties meet their Chesapeake Bay restoration and stormwater treatment goals at the 2019 January MACo Winter Conference panel We’re Here to Help: Technical Assistance for the Bay TMDL and MS4 Permits. The panel will take place on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, from 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm.

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