Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 27, 1998) -- The planning phase of a project that will bring biological nutrient removal technology to the Snow Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant in Worcester County, received financial assistance today thanks to Board of Public Works approval of a $100,000 grant.

"Removal of these nutrients will improve the quality of water that enters the Pocomoke River and ultimately will help Maryland achieve its goal of a 40 percent nutrient reduction in the Chesapeake Bay by the year 2000," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "This is an important part of our overall plan to address the sources of excess nutrients which are believed to contribute to our Pfiesteria problems."

Construction will begin in June 1998 and will be complete in June 1999.

"On behalf of the Town of Snow Hill, I would like to emphasize how important this biological nutrient removal plan is to the residents of the town and just how appreciated these funds will be," said Town Council Member William Walker. "We need to plan for the future, not just put a band-aid on our current facility. This grant will allow us to do just that."

Chaired by Governor Glendening, the Board of Public Works also is comprised of Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein 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.