Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 5, 1998) -- A feasibility study of ways to protect the environment of the Smith Island wetlands and waterways in Somerset County will receive Board of Public Works approval today of a $163,000 grant.

"This project will prevent erosion and the loss of wetlands on Smith Island," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "The resulting improved water quality and habitat will benefit the Chesapeake Bay."

In addition to this State grant from the Stormwater Pollution Control Fund, which is managed by the Maryland Department of the Environment, the project has received $300,000 from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and $600,000 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"I fully support the effort to restore the Smith Island wetlands and waterways," said Maxine Landon, Somerset County Sanitary District Commissioner. "The project will help the residents of Smith Island and improve the wildlife habitat. To do nothing means that Smith Island will erode over time and diminish the quality of life for those that call it home." Chaired by Governor Glendening, the Board of Public Works also is comprised of Comptroller Robert 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.