Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 7, 2006) – Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced today’s Board of Public Works approval of a $320,000 grant for a Snug Harbor sewer extension project in Worcester County. The Board is comprised of Governor Ehrlich, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller William D. Schaefer.

“This project will reduce nutrient deposits into the Chesapeake Bay,” said Governor Ehrlich. “Building this sewer extension will improve the state’s aquatic habitat and local water quality while providing infrastructure for expansion in that area.”

The project involves the construction of a grinder pump/sewer collection system for the Snug Harbor community in which wastewater will be conveyed to Assateague Point wastewater treatment plant for treatment and discharge to Sinepuxent Bay.

“This project will allow 53 septic systems from existing homes to be taken out of service and eliminate the potential for leaching of effluent into the adjacent canal,” said John E. Bloxom, president, Worcester County Commissioners. “We appreciate the assistance and support of the Maryland Department of the Environment in this project and look forward to a continuing partnership in our mutual efforts to protect and improve the health and vitality of our coastal bays.”

Total cost of the project is over $1.05 million financed through a combination of grants from the Water Quality Infrastructure Program, administered by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).

Construction is expected to start in July of 2006 and is slated for completion in December 2006.