BALTIMORE, MD (October 21, 2009) - The Maryland Board of Public Works approved $39,500,000 in grants to reduce pollution and improve water quality by upgrading wastewater treatment plants and repairing sewer systems. 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 to improve water quality and protect drinking water. These projects are also critical to helping Maryland meet our two-year Chesapeake Bay cleanup milestones, which more than double our nutrient reduction goals by 2020,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.
The following projects were approved in the following locations:
Ballenger-McKinney Wastewater Treatment Plan ENR Upgrade and Expansion – Frederick County
A $31,000,000 Bay Restoration Fund grant, in addition to a previous $6,000,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment grant, will fund the planning, design, and construction of Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) facilities at the existing six million gallon per day (mgd) Ballenger Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and expansion of the plant to 15 mgd. After the ENR upgrade, the Ballenger-McKinney Wastewater Treatment Plant will reduce its nitrogen discharge by 62 percent and phosphorous discharge by 85 percent, significantly reducing nutrients discharged to Ballenger Creek and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay.
Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility ENR Upgrade – Anne Arundel County
A $8,000,000 Bay Restoration Fund grant will fund the planning and design of Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) facilities at the existing 15 million gallon per day (mgd) Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility. After the ENR upgrade, the Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility will reduce its nitrogen discharge by 62.5 percent and phosphorous discharge by 85 percent, significantly reducing nutrients discharged to Cox Creek and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay.
City of Fruitland Infiltration and Inflow – Wicomico County
A $500,000 Bay Restoration Fund grant will fund the rehabilitation of a portion of the Fruitland wastewater collection system. The rehabilitation will repair, reline, and replace defective sewer line and manholes. The improved collection will protect public health by preventing sewer overflows that can pollute local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.