Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 3, 2006) – Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. announced Board of Public Works approval today of a $145,500 state grant for the Redwood Court and Clinton Acres area (Prince George’s County) to restore approximately 2,000 feet of eroding stream banks. The Board is comprised of Governor Ehrlich, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller William D. Schaefer.

“This project will prevent further degradation of the stream and improve water quality,” Governor Ehrlich said. “It will also improve the aquatic habitat and prevent nutrient loading which would eventually reach the Chesapeake Bay.”

The project entails design and construction of stream restoration for eroding banks in an unnamed tributary to Piscataway Creek. The stream erosion is causing sediment deposition and nutrient loading into the small tributary. The project envisions using a mixture of rip-rap and bioengineering techniques to stabilize the stream and improve its habitat. Tree and shrub plantings will be used to hold stream banks and provide shade.

“This project exemplifies the commitment of the county and the Department of Environmental Resources to plan, design and construct projects that will improve the environment and communities in which we live," said Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson. "We appreciate the support and funding from the State of Maryland on this Livable Communities Initiative project.”

Total cost of the project is $391,000 of which $195,500 is the local share. Work on this project began in 2002 and is slated for completion by December 2006.