Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 17, 1997) -- A project to study biological nutrient removal (BNR) alternatives for the Town of Hurlock Wastewater Treatment Plant in Dorchester County will soon receive a financial boost thanks to Board of Public Works approval of a $50,000 grant.

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 the Hurlock Wastewater Treatment Plant discharges into Wrights Branch, a small and sensitive stream," said Governor Glendening. "By installing biological nutrient removal capability in the plant, it will improve the water quality of Wrights Branch, Marshy Hope Creek, the Nanticoke River and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. It also will help Maryland achieve its 40 percent nutrient reduction goal by the year 2000."

In addition to the State grant, the Town of Hurlock has contributed $50,000 for a total project cost of $100,000. Construction of the BNR capability will begin in December 1998 and be completed by December 1999.

"I appreciate the grant to facilitate the BNR project," said Hurlock Mayor Don William Bradley. "Its participation in BNR is important to Maryland nutrient removal goal and the water quality of the receiving stream."