Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 4, 1999) – A project to design and construct more than a half acre of wetlands to hold and filter stormwater runoff from the parking lot of the Harford Center in Earlton and 15 acres of low-density residential area, today received Board of Public Works approval for a $198,000 grant.

"Reducing the amount of pollution caused by stormwater runoff will bring a dramatic improvement to Earlton’s quality of life," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "Creating this bio-retention project is an important step towards achieving my smart Growth goal of creating 60,000 acres of wetlands in Maryland."

In addition to the State grant, Harford County is contributing $66,000.  Construction is expected to begin in April 2000 and be completed in July 2000.

"I thank the State of Maryland for their support of Harford County’s bio-retention facility," said Harford County Executive Jim Harkins. "Using wetland plants to improve water quality at this location will not only help our environment, but also allow citizens another opportunity to enjoy nature. The success of the bio-retention facility will serve as a model to other jurisdictions seeking improved stormwater management."

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.