ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 7, 2002) – Maryland’s Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Environment (MDE) are reminding consumers of the potential risk of eating uncooked oysters, clams, mussels and other shellfish, particularly during the warmer months of the year
“The funding approved by the Board of Public Works today will allow Baltimore County officials to help reduce non-point source pollution while balancing the area’s ecosystem at the same time,” said Governor Parris N. Glendening.
The Glen West project is aimed at controlling unmanaged stormwater runoff and improve water quality in the 135-acre watershed. The project includes the construction of a sediment forebay at a storm drain outfall to provide water quality treatment. In addition, the project will also restore 600 feet of eroded stream.
“I am happy that state funds have been granted due to the substantial environmental benefits that will be achieved,” said Chin Y. Lien, P.E., of the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management. “This retrofit project pre-treats the stormwater runoff eliminating substantial pollution loadings, thus improving the water quality of the receiving Stemmers Run and, ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.”
The total cost of the project is $330,000 of which $82,500 is the local share being paid by Baltimore County. The funds will come from the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Water Quality Infrastructure Program. Construction is expected to begin in October with a completion date of February 2003.