Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 29, 1998) -- A project to evaluate and monitor the Howard Street interceptor sewer in Cumberland received financial assistance today thanks to Board of Public Works approval of a $50,000 grant.

"The completion of this study will result in cost effective solutions that will help the city of Cumberland deal with the problem of sewage overflows during high flow periods caused by heavy rains, said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "Eliminating sewage overflows prevents pollution that enter the Potomac River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay as well as potential health hazards to Cumberland residents."

In addition to the State grant, the city is contributing $20,000 for a total project cost of $70,000. The study is expected to be completed by June 1998. Assuming that recommendations for cost effective solutions are accepted, construction to correct the sewage overflows could begin in September 1998 and be completed by June 1999.

"Cumberland, like many other very old cities, developed with combined storm and sanitary sewers," said Cumberland Mayor Edward C. Athey. "Under storm conditions, the overflows associated with these combined sewers add pollutants to the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. Cumberland wants to be part of the solution to solving pollution problems; but reducing combined sewer overflows is an enormous project that is not affordable for the local citizens without State and federal aid."

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.