Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 17, 1997) -- A project to stabilize the stream bank and reduce the velocity of stormwater runoff into Weems Creek near the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, will soon receive a financial boost thanks to Board of Public Works approval of a $100,000 grant.

The money will be used to evaluate, design and construct 650 feet of channel stabilization to prevent erosion and a still basin to slow the water velocity of the stormwater runoff from 60 commercial and light industrial use acres.

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 and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.

"This project is important because it will reduce the velocity of stormwater runoff into Weems Creek and reduce erosion on the streambank ," said Governor Glendening. "This action also will improve the water quality of Weems Creek and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay."

In addition to the State grant, the City of Annapolis is contributing a matching amount for a total project cost of $200,000.Planning began in January 1997. Construction will begin in April 1998 and will be completed in December 1998.

"We are pleased to see that Maryland continues to recognize the importance of these projects in protecting creeks in Annapolis and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay," said Annapolis Mayor Dean Johnson.