Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 3, 2006) – Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. today announced Board of Public Works approval of a $500,000 grant to Talbot County to upgrade wastewater infrastructure in St. Michaels. The Board is comprised of Governor Ehrlich, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller William D. Schaefer.

“This project will eliminate sewer overflows to the benefit of public health and water quality in the Miles River and Chesapeake Bay,” said Governor Ehrlich. “Projects like this one will have a lasting impact on this state and the legacy we leave to future generations.”

The project involves the planning, design and upgrade of two existing wastewater pump stations located along Mill and Green streets in St. Michaels. The work includes replacing pumps, piping and the electrical system. Construction of 1,370 feet of new 6-inch force main and 4,900 feet of new 8-inch force main leading to the town’s wastewater treatment plant from two separate pump stations is also part of the upgrade.

In addition to today’s sewer rehabilitation grant, administered by the Maryland Department of the Environment, other anticipated state grants and a low interest state loan will finance the roughly $3 million project.

“I would like to thank the Maryland Department of the Environment for working with Talbot County to address much needed improvements in St. Michaels wastewater collections system,” said Hilary B. Spence, Talbot County Council president. “The financial assistance being provided in the form of both grants and loans are critical to the completion of the St. Michaels projects.”

The project is expected to get underway in May and has an expected completion date late in 2007.