Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 24, 1999) – The planning phase of a project that will provide biological nutrient removal technology to the Pocomoke City Wastewater Treatment Plant in Worcester County today received Board of Public Works approval of a $500,000 grant.

"Nutrient removal at the Pocomoke City Wastewater Treatment Plant is essential for the success of Maryland’s efforts to achieve a 40 percent reduction in the amounts of nutrients discharged into the Chesapeake Bay by the year 2000," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "The project is consistent with our Smart Growth initiative because it will enhance pollution controls in this existing community."

In addition to the State grant, the Town of Pocomoke City, with assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is contributing a matching amount to the project. Planning began in November 1998 and will be completed in June 1999.

"Upgrading wastewater treatment plants up and down the Eastern Shore is an essential element of our nutrient management program," said Delegate Norman H. Conway. "This is another vital step towards addressing water quality improvement."

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 consulting contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.