EPA Awards Maryland $144M for Water Infrastructure

Maryland to receive $144 million from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for water infrastructure. 

Maryland is set to receive roughly $144 million from the EPA to help Maryland redevelop many segments of the state’s aging water infrastructure. The first $76 million will be open to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) almost immediately, and the remaining $68 million will open up sometime in FY 2023. According to the Baltimore Banner, the first $76 million is primarily meant for local governments (who largely own and operate much of the state’s water infrastructure), while the $68 million will be for upgrading waterlines and treating emerging contaminants.

According to a statement from EPA:

“Help is on the way to the state of Maryland,” said Adam Ortiz, EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator.  “This funding represents ‘delivery on a promise’ that the Biden administration made to help our communities most in need of clean drinking water and programs to control contaminants and harmful stormwater runoff.  EPA Mid-Atlantic looks forward to assisting and partnering with our states to expedite this critical work.”

The money is part of a larger $50 billion program administered by the EPA aimed at improving water infrastructure nationally. Marylanders and long-time Conduit Street readers are intimately familiar with conversations around water quality and improving infrastructure. For about a decade now, local jurisdictions have been participating in the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. The new funds from EPA should help local jurisdictions maintain their water infrastructure and hopefully help implement solutions to further improve the health of the bay.

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