Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 29, 2000) – Aquatic and human life will benefit from today’s Board of Public Works approval of an additional $300,000 for biological nutrient removal modifications to the Havre de Grace Wastewater Treatment Plant in Harford County.

"This project will move us closer to the Chesapeake Bay Agreement goal of a 40 percent reduction in nutrients by installing biological nutrient technology at this plant," Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said.

The Board’s approval funds design and construction of biological nutrient removal capabilities to the existing 1.9 million gallons-per-day treatment plant.

Havre de Grace Mayor Philip J. Barker applauded the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Water Quality Infrastructure Program "for their administration of a grant and loan program which will enable the City of Havre de Grace to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant."

Today’s action is part of a $3.2 million grant and equivalent loan program which will enable the city to add the nitrogen and phosphorous removal capabilities needed to meet new requirements for reducing nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Chaired by Governor Parris N. Glendening, the Board of Public Works also is comprised of Comptroller William Donald Schaefer and Treasurer Richard N. Dixon. The Board is empowered by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.