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

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

Grants will reduce pollution, improve water quality

BALTIMORE (January 8, 2020) – The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $4.7 million in grants today to reduce pollution and improve water quality. The Board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“These are smart investments to protect public health and prevent water pollution in Maryland communities and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. “Reducing pollution from septic systems will help us to grow the state’s economy and lead in the race to protect and restore Chesapeake Bay watersheds.”

The following projects were approved today:

Upgrade Septic Systems – Statewide

Grants from the Bay Restoration Fund totaling $4,775,000 will provide funding for counties to upgrade on-site sewage disposal (septic) systems and make sewer connections to significantly reduce the discharge of nitrogen, one of the most serious pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay. Counties will focus on upgrading septic systems located within the critical area. Eighteen Maryland counties will benefit from the grants.

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