Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 15, 1999) – A project to stabilize approximately 450 feet of eroding Choptank River shoreline in the Lockerman Park area of Caroline County was approved today by the Maryland Board of Public Works for a $3,625 grant.

"We must move aggressively to protect Maryland's shorelines, so that we can reduce sediment, preserve our environment, and improve our water quality," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "Funding projects such as this one along the Choptank River will allow us to control erosion and protect our precious waterways for future generations."

The project will consist of stabilizing the shoreline using marsh grass plantings and non-structural shore erosion control techniques. The site will be used as an environmental learning area for Caroline County students. The project will also receive a $25,500 grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and $7,615 from Caroline County.

"This cooperative effort with the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Board of Education is going to result in many good things including better environmentally educated youngsters," said Caroline County Director of Elementary and Middle Schools Cynthia T. Spicer. "I appreciate (the) support as we seek to make our environment cleaner and a place of learning for our children."

Chaired by Governor 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.