News Release, Maryland Board of Public Works

Grants and loans will reduce pollution, improve drinking water

BALTIMORE (October 30, 2019) – The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $5 million in grants and loans today to reduce pollution and improve drinking water systems. The board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford chaired today’s meeting.

“Our administration has committed a historic $5 billion toward wide-ranging bay initiatives and this is another important step to reduce pollution and improve water quality in our state,” said Governor Hogan.

“These are smart investments to protect public health and the environment in Maryland communities,” said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. “Upgrading the Betterton Wastewater Treatment Plant, improving drinking water systems in Wicomico and Charles counties and eliminating the environmental effects of an abandoned mine in Allegany County will help us to green and grow the state’s economy and lead in the race to protect and restore Chesapeake Bay watersheds.”

Bryans Road Wells Project – Charles County

A $350,000 Water Supply Financial Assistance program grant to Charles County will help fund the planning, design, and construction of new water wells for the Bryans Road water system.

The new wells will be drilled into the Patuxent Aquifer in the Bryans Road vicinity. This project is intended to add reliability to the Bryans Road water system, which currently has two wells, one of which has operational problems.

This project will be constructed in accordance with coastal and non-coastal resiliency guidelines developed as part of the Coast Smart Program to reduce climate change risks to such projects.


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