Board of Public Works approves funding for clean water and the Chesapeake Bay

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Board of Public Works approves funding for clean water and the Chesapeake Bay

Baltimore, MD (April 27, 2016) – The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $44 million in grants and loans today to reduce pollution, improve water quality and provide safe drinking water. The board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“These are smart investments and great news for Maryland communities and citizens of the Chesapeake Bay region. The Maryland Department of the Environment thanks Governor Hogan for his leadership on this environmental priority,” said Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles. “These projects will help us to green and grow the state’s economy, protect public health and lead in the race to protect and restore Chesapeake Bay watersheds.”

The following projects were approved today:

Baltimore City multiple sewershed projects — Baltimore City, Baltimore County

Water Quality State Revolving Loan Fund loans of $23,816,620 to Baltimore City will help fund projects to continue Baltimore City’s efforts to prevent sanitary sewer overflows as required under a Consent Decree with the Maryland Department of the Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The projects entail the planning, design and construction of improvements to the existing sewer infrastructure in the Dundalk, Patapsco, Herring Run, Low Level and Outfall sewersheds. Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County share the cost of some of the projects because they share the sewer infrastructure. An additional $15,606,209 Water Quality State Revolving Loan fund loan to Baltimore County will help fund the Dundalk and Outfall sewershed projects.

Westernport Water Distribution System Phase 3 project – Allegany County

Funding of $2,798,000 – a $1,399,000 Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund loan and a $1,399,000 grant in the form of forgiveness of a Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund loan – to the Town of Westernport will help fund the Westernport Water Distribution System Phase 3 project. The multi-phase project will replace the Town’s aging water distribution system to improve system reliability, maintain flow requirements for firefighting, reduce water loss and preserve water and eliminate sources of potential contamination and health hazards.

Greensboro Regional Wastewater System – Caroline County

A $1.5 million Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Supplemental Assistance grant to the Town of Greensboro will help fund the Greensboro Regional Wastewater System project. The project includes the design and construction of a sanitary force main to provide sewer service to about 125 homes in and around the Town of Goldsboro that are on septic systems. The sewage will be conveyed to the Greensboro Wastewater Treatment Plant for Enhanced Nutrient Removal-level treatment.

West Isabella Street Water Main Replacement project – Wicomico County

A $485,000 grant will help fund the West Isabella Street Water Main Replacement project. The project consists of replacing about 2,150 feet of cast iron water line with PVC pipe. The existing water main frequently fails. The project will provide more reliable service and safer drinking water by replacing an undersized and corroded pipe with larger diameter pipe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided grant funding to the Maryland Department of the Environment for this congressionally mandated project.

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