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(Baltimore, Maryland) September 16, 2009 - The Maryland Board of Public Works today approved $119,216,600 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act clean water grants and low-interest loans of 0 or 1 percent for water infrastructure projects estimated to create hundreds of jobs, protect public health, and improve both water quality and drinking water. All 24 Maryland jurisdictions are proposed to receive funding, and each of Maryland’s three designated “Environmental Benefit Districts” will receive a grant. The Board is composed of Governor Martin O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot.
“Maryland has tremendous water infrastructure needs across the State, so we’re pleased today to approve grants and low-interest loans from President Obama’s clean water recovery funding that will benefit every jurisdiction. These projects will improve water quality, protect drinking water, and save and create jobs,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Today’s recovery funding also allows us to provide additional grants for worthy ‘green infrastructure’ and water and energy efficiency projects.”
In June, the Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Maryland Department of the Environment $121.6 million to fund Maryland water quality and drinking water projects under President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). MDE received more than $3.7 billion in requests for funding from towns and counties across the State. Per MDE’s extensive screening process to review nearly 600 applicants for ARRA funding, every county in Maryland is proposed to receive clean water recovery funding.
Today, in addition to previous funding approvals, the Board approved $92,784,600 in grants and low-interest loans for clean water projects and $26,432,000 in grants and low-interest loans for drinking water projects. The grants and loans are estimates that could change on actual bids due in September.
Funding was approved today for the following projects:
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