Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 29, 1998) -- A project to conduct an environmental restoration feasibility study of the Western Branch Watershed, a sub-basin of the Patuxent River that flows through Prince George's County, received a financial boost today thanks to Board of Public Works approval of a $196,150 grant.

"Improving degraded aquatic and wetland ecosystems in the watershed is vital for restoring water quality and habitat in the Patuxent River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay," said Governor Glendening. "This study is an important first step towards that goal."

In addition to this State grant, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is contributing $947,500 and the county is contributing $473,750. The study began in August 1997 and will be completed in June 2000.

"The approval of State money by Governor Glendening and his colleagues on the Board of Public Works shows their continued commitment toward better water quality for those citizens along the Patuxent Watershed as well as all of the citizens of this State who hold the Chesapeake Bay as our most prized natural resource," said Maryland Delegate James W. Hubbard.

Chaired by Governor Parris N. 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 contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.