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Md. Board of Public Works awards $119M in stimulus-funded grants

Baltimore Business Journal
September 17, 2009
Daniel J. Sernovitz

The Maryland Board of Public Works voted Thursday to award more than $119 million in federal stimulus money for clean-water grants and loans.

That includes more than $800,000 to aid Baltimore developer Patrick Turner’s $1.4 billion Westport development in South Baltimore.

The board, led by Gov. Martin O’Malley, spread the federal funds across all of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions, selecting projects it believes will help create hundreds of jobs, protect public health and improve water quality and drinking water.

“Today’s recovery funding also allows us to provide additional grants for worthy ‘green infrastructure’ and water and energy efficiency projects,” O’Malley said in a statement.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Maryland Department of the Environment $121.6 million in June to fund Maryland water quality and drinking water projects. State environmental officials received more than $3.7 billion in requests for that money and was forced to delay the selection of award recipients from a planned March 13 announcement because of the large number of hopeful recipients who applied.

Baltimore was tapped to receive $15.4 million in stimulus-backed grants and loans for various projects. Among them was a $6 million grant for improvements to the Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant; another $6 million grant for improvements to the Montebello Plat 2 Water Reservoir; and another $2.6 million to retrofit toilets, sinks and urinals in the city with low-flow water technology.

Turner’s Westport project was also a beneficiary of the city’s share of stimulus money. Westport, a mixed-use development along the Middle Branch of the Patpasco River, will receive $229,724 in grant money to create a dryswale at the project and another $576,380 in grants to create waterfront tidal wetlands.



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