THE LATEST FROM THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR MORRIS MILL
When the Maryland Department of the Environment learned about significant groundwater contamination in the Morris Mill area near Salisbury, the agency launched an aggressive response.
At the top of the to-do list: ensure that any household that needed a temporary alternative supply of drinking water got one.
Meanwhile, investigate groundwater conditions and, importantly, confirm that the contamination was not ongoing.
And now, completion of the third and final step-helping to find a long-term solution to the problem – is within sight.
MDE joined the United States Department of Agriculture today to announce funding to help extend public water to the Morris Mill community. MDE is providing a $3 million grant to help pay for the project.
“Water is our most essential natural resource. The Maryland Department of the Environment is committed to protecting that resource and providing all Marylanders with a safe and clean drinking water supply,” said MDE Secretary Robert M. Summers. “We have made it clear from the time that we learned of the contamination in the Morris Mill community that we will do everything we can to see that the water needs of the residents are addressed.”
The Wicomico County Health Department, MDE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have combined efforts to . . .
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Fragaria and Oriole
by Kern Lee
Color Maryland Green Contest winners honored by Secretary Summers and DNR Secretary Joe Gill
Kern Lee of Gaithersburg won the grand prize at the Color Maryland Green Awards this week in Annapolis. In recognition of his achievement, Kern’s Fragaria and Oriole sketch will be featured on the 2014-2015 cover of the Maryland Bay Game. The Bay Game aims to give students a better understanding of nature and includes activities and experiments for children. Ten other students, kindergarten through grade 10 were honored for their poetry, artwork and photography. Read more
AIR, LAND, WATER – DID YOU KNOW?
Clean water projects
The mission of the Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration is to provide low-interest- rate loans under the two Revolving Loan Fund Programs and grants under the State Bay Restoration Fund Program for:
- Water quality point source projects (for example, wastewater treatment plants) and non-point source pollution control projects (for example, existing landfill capping) consistent with the Federal Clean Water Act and the State Bay Restoration Fund Act.
- Drinking water system upgrade projects (for example, drinking water treatment plants) to achieve or maintain compliance with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
- Septic system upgrade projects using best available technology to achieve nitrogen removal on onsite sewage disposal systems consistent with the State Bay Restoration Fund Act.
About this STAT
The Water Quality Financing Administration administers two loan programs (Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund and Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund) and two grant programs (Bay Restoration Wastewater Fund and Bay Restoration Septic Fund).
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