Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 5, 2003) – Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. announced Board of Public Works approval yesterday of a $205,635 grant for the Town of Federalsburg (Caroline County) to cleanup and improve Marshyhope Creek.

“This project is necessary to prevent further erosion of the shoreline, reduce sedimentation and non-point source pollution into the creek,” Governor Ehrlich said.

The project at Marshyhope will consist of rehabilitation of the shoreline adjacent to the North and South Main Streets to reduce erosion and create marsh habitat. The project will be completed in several phases of approximately 500 to 1000 feet per year along the shoreline. A marsh habitat will also be created to encourage spawning areas for fish and wildlife habitat.

“The mayor and town council wish to thank the state for continuing to support our efforts to improve Marshyhope Creek,” said Federalsburg Mayor Michael W. Fluharty. “For the past 12 years, the town has been actively involved in trying to improve the water quality of Marshyhope Creek. By cleaning up Marshyhope Creek, we will improve the quality of life of Federalsburg and citizens throughout the communities of the Chesapeake Bay.”

The total cost of the project is $1 million, of which $250,000 over the course of the project will be the local cost. The remainder will be filled with state contributions.