Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 29, 2000) – The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $182,500 grant today for stormwater management in Federalsburg, Caroline County. The project will improve water quality in an unnamed tributary to Marshyhope Creek.

"Uncontrolled stormwater runoff has been adversely impacting this stream which was severely damaged by Hurricane Floyd," said Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. "This project will prevent continued soil erosion, restore the stream banks and remove or reduce the sediment and nutrients that enter Marshyhope Creek."

The project includes design and construction of a stormwater management facility and streambank stabilization to provide erosion control. The project will also receive $10,000 from the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program and be combined with $52,500 in local funds.

Expressing his appreciation to the Maryland Department of the Environment for assistance with the grant, Federalsburg Mayor Michael W. Fluharty said, "By providing funding, this project can be undertaken to help the Town continue to clean up the storm stream systems that deposit nitrogen and phosphorous laden chemicals into Marshyhope Creek. For the past several years, the Town has made cleaning up Marshyhope Creek within the municipal limits one of its top priorities."

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.