Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 11, 2002) – Governor Parris N. Glendening yesterday announced Maryland Board of Public Works approval of a $171,530 grant for Baltimore County to continue with work on its State Small Creek and Estuary Water Quality Restoration Program.

“We continue act with a sense of urgency to preserve Maryland’s streams and waterways that are so vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay,” said Governor Glendening. “This program aims to address not only channel erosion problems, but to improve water quality for area residents and help restore the streams’ stressed ecosystems.”

The grant covers work on Hampton Branch that includes the creation of a stable stream channel that provides stream equilibrium and balanced riparian habitats. In addition, 2,500 feet of eroded stream channel – which eventually flows into Loch Raven Reservoir – will be restored.

County officials were pleased to accept the grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) Water Quality Infrastructure Program.

“This project will reduce stream bank erosion and protect adjacent properties and provide protection for bridge infrastructures,” said Chin Y. Lieu, capital improvement section supervisor of the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource. “Furthermore, Hampton Branch drains directly into Loch Raven Reservoir. The project will improve the water quality of this drinking water reservoir and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.”

The total cost of the project is $423,060 of which $211,530 is the local share. Construction on the Hampton Branch Stream Restoration Project is expected to begin in July and is slated for completion by December.