Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 23, 2007) – The Maryland Board of Public Works today approved a $300,000 State Supplemental Grant for the City of Crisfield’s Cove Street pump station to eliminate raw wastewater overflows. The Board is comprised of Governor Martin O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“Safe, updated sewage management is essential to the life and health of Marylanders,” said Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Shari T. Wilson. “The State takes pride in keeping up with the evolving infrastructure and needs of community’s sewer system to protect human health, water quality and the well-being of aquatic ecosystems.”

The project involves the relocation of Crisfield’s Cove Street pumping station force main to eliminate raw wastewater overflows. The existing sanitary sewer system overflows result in raw sewage backing into homes and businesses. The proposed relocation of the force main is to alleviate overflows during rain seasons. The project will improve water quality and protect public health.

“The City of Crisfield would like to thank the Maryland Department of the Environment for their financial assistance regarding pump station project,” said City Manager Calvin Dize. “With this grant, the City will be able to move forward with the project and eliminate an existing sanitary sewer overflow.”

The construction is set to begin in November, 2007, and is expected to be complete May, 2008.