ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 1, 1999) – Grants for design and construction of stormwater control facilities to control runoff and improve water quality were approved today by the Maryland Board of Public Works for two Baltimore County watersheds.
"Every community must have access to a safe, clean, and healthy water supply," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "Stormwater runoff can clog our waterways with sediment and polluted materials, and we must do everything we can to prevent the problem. These stormwater control facilities will significantly improve water quality in our rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, and will benefit families in Baltimore County and throughout Maryland."
The 40-acre Patapsco River watershed project will receive a grant of $45,000 from the State Stormwater Pollution Control Program, with plans for up to $255,000 in future grants, and a $100,000 grant from Baltimore County.
The 60-acre Loch Raven watershed project is centered around the area of the State Fairgrounds along the Gunpowder River. This project will receive $22,500 from the State Stormwater Pollution Control Program, with plans for up to $127,500 in future grants, and a $50,000 grant from Baltimore 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.