The funding was approved by the Maryland Board of Public Works.
Annapolis, Md (KM) The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved a $5,123,434 Bay Restoration Grant to help pay for upgrades for the waste water treatment plant at the Victor Cullen Center in Sabillasville. The Maryland Department of the Environment says these upgrades will reduce nitrogen discharge by 83%m, and phosphorus discharge by 85%. into the Upper Monocacy River, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.
MDE says excessive amounts of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus lead to reduced oxygen levels needed to support aquatic life in waterways such as the Chesapeake Bay. Enhanced nutrient removal from sewage plant upgrades are a major part of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Restoration plan.
The grant is being provided to Maryland Environmental Service which will do the planning, design and construction of these upgrades.
The Board of Public Works also approved Bay Restoration Fund Grants totaling $15-million for counties to upgrade their sewer disposal facilities which will reduce nitrogen discharges into the Chesapeake Bay. All 23 Maryland counties are expected to benefit from this program.
“These are smart investments to protect public health and prevent water pollution in Maryland communities and the Chesapeake Bay,” says Maryland Secretary of the Environment, Ben Grumbles, in a statement. “Reducing pollution from septic systems and upgrading a wastewater treatment plant will help us grow the state’s economy and lead in the race to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay.”
The Board of Public Works consists of Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp.
By Kevin McManus