Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 13, 2005) – Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced today’s Board of Public Works approval of a $267,000 grant to the Town of Denton in Caroline County to build a new wastewater pump station. The Board is comprised of Governor Ehrlich, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller William D. Schaefer.

“This project will help improve the Choptank River’s water quality and assist in our efforts to end the plague of sewer overflows that taint our waterways with excess nutrients and other pollutants,” said Governor Ehrlich. “Excess nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, lead to degraded water quality, which negatively impact the ecology of the Bay and its tributaries.”

The project consists of planning, design and construction of improvements to an existing wastewater pump station to prevent sewage overflows. Wastewater pump stations are designed to move wastewater from lower to higher elevations through pipes and include related electrical, mechanical and structural systems necessary to the operation of the station.

“I would like to express our appreciation for this support and funding opportunity,” said Denton Mayor J. Bradford Horsey. “The rehabilitation and upgrade to the Second Street pumping station is critical to the operations of the town’s wastewater collection system. It is with this funding that we are able to immediately proceed with these infrastructure improvements.”

The total cost of the work is $287,000, the remainder of which the town will fund. Work is expected to begin later this month and be complete by October.