Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 5, 2003) – Governor Robert L. Ehrlich announced Board of Public Works approval yesterday of a $661,885 grant that will assist the Town of Westernport in Allegany County with constructing a new sewerage collection system in the Stoney Run area to address failing individual septic handling facilities.

The Stoney Run area is experiencing septic system problems ranging from direct discharges to the Potomac River to drain field failures creating public health and safety risks to the community.

“Upgrading infrastructure to bring an end to this type of surface and groundwater pollution is an important and necessary effort for government to be undertaking,” Governor Ehrlich said.

The total cost of the project is $780,000 of which $118,115 is the town’s share. The funding comes from the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Failing Septics Program and supplemental sources.
Work on the project is expected to begin in November and be completed by August 2004.