Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 20, 1999) – The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $400,000 grant increase last Wednesday for the construction of a Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) system at the Georges Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Allegany 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 Georges Creek project, we are moving aggressively to ensure that the water in our Bay and its tributaries is clean and healthy."

The project will receive the grant increase to design and construct the BNR facility at the existing wastewater treatment plant, including chemical feed facilities for phosphorous removal, and modifications to the plant for nitrogen removal. The previous grant was for $250,000 and also received a $640,000 grant from Allegany County and an additional $10,000 federal grant.

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.