Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 1, 1998) -- A project to construct biological nutrient removal facilities at the City of Crisfield Wastewater Treatment Plant in Somerset County, received Board of Public Works approval of a State grant increase of $100,000.

"This project will help reduce nutrient discharges into Tangier Sound and contribute to Maryland's goal of a 40 percent reduction of nutrients entering the Chesapeake Bay by the year 2000," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "Nutrient reduction is critical for restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay."

The project received a previous State grant of $10,000 and an EPA grant of $10,000. In addition to the State grant increase, the city is providing $100,000. The total estimated cost of the project is $2,020,000 and will require future additional funding from State and local sources. Construction is expected to begin in March 1999 and last one year.

"The assistance provided by the State to Crisfield is certainly welcomed by everyone, " said State Delegate Norman H. Conway. "Water quality is of the utmost importance to our region, State and nation. Upgrades to treatment plants serving our communities is a must."

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.