Maryland DNR to fund Wicomico projects

Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced funding for eight projects in Wicomico County designed to reduce the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediments from polluting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

“Cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay is a monumental task and it will require everyone in the region doing their part,” said County Executive Rick Pollitt. “With these projects, Wicomico County leads by doing and we appreciate the funding contribution from the state of Maryland.”

The DNR, on behalf of the BayStat Subcabinet, has approved and awarded $545,000 for the following projects from the State Fiscal Year 2015 Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund budget. The Departments of Public Works, and Planning, Zoning and Community Development are overseeing these environmental efforts.

1. Bioretention at Upper Ferry Crossing.

2. Bioswale and step pool stormwater conveyance at Pemberton Historical Park.

3. Bioretention and step pool stormwater conveyance at Schumaker Park.

4. Dry pond conversion to gravel wetland at Wicomico County Regional Airport.

5. Bioswale and pond retrofit at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

County Public Works Director Lee Beauchamp said: “Our goal with all of the projects funded by this grant is to provide practical and economical solutions to meet WIP requirements in Wicomico County. The diversity of these projects will show how stormwater runoff can be managed and quality improved on sites as small as single family homes up to large commercial projects.”

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