Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 23, 1998) -- A project that will restore, stabilize and enhance approximately 630 feet of Beaver Creek in Washington County received Board of Public Works approval today of an $80,000 grant.

"By stabilizing the stream bank, sediment pollution from erosion will be eliminated in this segment of Beaver Creek," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "The improved water quality in the creek will benefit the Potomac River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay."

In addition to the State grant, the project received $41,000 from the Washington County Soil Conservation District and $39,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Construction is expected to begin in May 1999 and to be completed in June 1999.

"This particular project is very important because of the reduction of stream bank erosion and habitat restoration that will occur, said Elmer D. Weibley, district manager of the Washington County Soil Conservation District. "I also would like to stress the high visibility of this project due to its location adjacent to the State Trout Hatchery and Interstate 70, provides many opportunities to share this worthwhile project and its benefits with the public."

Chaired by Governor Glendening, 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 construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.