Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 27, 1998) -- The planning phase of a project that will bring biological nutrient removal technology to the Georges Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Allegany County, received financial assistance today thanks to Board of Public Works approval of a $10,000 grant.

"When this project is completed, it will remove nutrients that would otherwise enter the Potomac River," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "This will result in a water quality improvement that ultimately will benefit the Chesapeake Bay."

In addition to this State grant, the Environmental Protection Agency has contributed a matching amount of funds. Construction of the facility is expected to begin in June 2000 and be complete in June 2001.

"Allegany County fully recognizes the importance of the Chesapeake Bay to Maryland's economy and further, that the health of the Bay is paramount," said Allegany County Administrator Barry A. Burton. "It is hoped by all that the reductions of nutrients to the Bay will guarantee its long and healthy future. We are grateful to receive a $10,000 grant from the State of Maryland enabling us to have a biological nutrient removal study done for our Georges Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant."

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.