Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 16, 1998) -- A project to stabilize and restore four tributaries of the Muddy Branch watershed and Clopper Lake in Montgomery County today received approval from the Board of Public Works for a $159,300 grant.

"Stabilizing the streambank will reduce the amount of sediment pollution that enters Muddy Branch and Clopper Lake," said Acting Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. "The project is an excellent example of the many efforts underway in Maryland to improve water quality in the Potomac River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay."

In addition to the State grant, the project also received $53,130 from the City of Gaithersburg. Construction began last month and is expected to be completed in March 1999.

"The City of Gaithersburg is pleased to receive State funding for our stream restoration project," said Sidney Katz, Mayor of Gaithersburg. "The implementation of projects to restore and stabilize streambanks is one of our strategic directions. Protecting and enhancing our natural environment is part of our vision statement. The State's contribution helps us reach our goals and clearly demonstrates that the State shares our vision and recognizes the importance of this project."

Chaired by Acting Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend while Governor Glendening was in Florida for the funeral of Governor Lawton Chiles, the Board of Public Works also is comprised of Comptroller Robert L. Swann 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.