Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 6, 2002) – Governor Parris N. Glendening announced Board of Public Works approval this week of a $500,000 grant increase for the City of Cambridge in Dorchester County to continue work to separate the combined sewer and storm water systems.

“Separating the sanitary sewer lines from the storm water system is imperative to prevent sewage overflows and the release of harmful bacteria and excessive nutrients into the waters of the State,” said Governor Glendening.

The project to separate Cambridge’s sewer and stormwater systems entails the planning, design and construction of new sanitary sewers and storm drains. The project will be completed in seven phases, the first of which was completed in January and involved work along Mill, Water and Vue De L’eau Streets.

“We understand the importance of this project and are committed to eliminating all sources of combined sewer overflows within the city,” said Cambridge Mayor C. L. Rippons.

The total cost of the project is $7.1 million of which $5.4 million is the local share. MDE previously awarded the City of Cambridge a $700,000 in grants and more than $500,000 in loans from the state Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund for this project. Phase II construction is expected to be complete by July 2003.