Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 15, 1999) – The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $87,000 grant today for the construction of a sewage collection system for a section of the Town of North Beach in Calvert County.

"We have an obligation to future generations to protect and preserve the ecosystems in our precious Chesapeake Bay," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "By funding the North Beach project and preventing groundwater contamination, we will protect the public health of the people in the community and ensure that the water going into the Bay is clean and healthy."

The new sewage collection system will serve 10 existing homes that have failing septic systems. This will reduce contamination of the groundwater in this community, which migrates through a marsh and into the Chesapeake Bay. Surrounded by publicly served areas, the provision of sewers to these homes is consistent with the Governor’s Smart Growth Initiative. It will enhance the quality of the existing homes, improve local water quality and protect public health.

The project also will receive an additional $12,500 grant from Calvert County.

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.