Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 1, 1999) – Three stream restoration projects in Baltimore County – Herbert Run, Jennifer Branch and Eastern Beaverdam Run -- were approved today for grants from the Maryland Board of Public Works.

"Restoring these streams will greatly enhance the quality of life for Baltimore County residents by providing green areas and natural havens for wildlife in an urban setting," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "By continuing to protect and enhance these streams, we will ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy these precious natural resources. Projects such as these will also enhance the quality of life in urban areas, which is a goal of our Smart Growth initiatives."

All three projects will address channel erosion problems caused by uncontrolled urban stormwater runoff. Stable stream channels will be reconstructed to provide stream and allow the re-establishment of riparian vegetation. This will improve water quality and restore riparian ecosystems for all three streams.

The Eastern Beaverdam Run project at Loch Raven will receive $150,000 from the State Stormwater Pollution Control Program and a matching $150,000 grant from Baltimore County.

The Herbert Run and Jennifer Branch projects will each receive $45,000 from the State Stormwater Pollution Control Program, with plans for up to $255,000 each in future grants. Both projects will also receive $300,000 in matching grants from Baltimore County. Herbert Run is a tributary of the Patapsco River. Jennifer Branch is a tributary of Gunpowder River.

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.