Grants and loans will protect drinking water, reduce pollution, save energy

News Release, Maryland Department of the Environment

BALTIMORE (April 22, 2020) – The Maryland Board of Public Works approved funding of more than $70 million toward major projects to protect the supply of drinking water for customers in the Baltimore region.

The board also approved funding for: improvements to wastewater treatment plants and sewage systems in Garrett, Cecil, Wicomico and Carroll counties; improvements to a public drinking water system in Calvert County; a renewable energy project in Caroline County; and a project to address the environmental effects of abandoned coal mines by improving the quality of a stream in Allegany County that eventually feeds the North Branch Potomac River.

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.

“There’s no greater way to celebrate Earth Day than to protect public health and prevent water pollution in Maryland communities and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. “We are providing significant funding to Baltimore City and Baltimore County to build underground storage tanks to replace open-air drinking water reservoirs at Druid Lake and Lake Ashburton. These projects will secure and protect the largest supplies of drinking water serving the Baltimore region. We green and grow the state’s economy when we invest in environmental infrastructure and renewable energy.”

Chesapeake Heights/Dares Beach Well & Water Main Extension project — Calvert County

Funding of $1,795,998 – a $1,700,998 Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund loan and a $95,000 Energy Water Infrastructure Program grant, both to Calvert County – will fund the installation of a new production well, a pump station and a water treatment system adjacent to the Chesapeake Heights Well and Water Tower. The Chesapeake Heights system will provide water to the Chesapeake Heights and Dares Beach water distribution systems, which will be connected through a water main extension. The project will provide a reduction in arsenic levels in the water systems to ensure compliance with federal water quality standards. This project is consistent with the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act’s statewide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...