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Berlin Awarded Substantial Stormwater Grants

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BERLIN, Md.- Berlin Mayor Gee Williams announced this week that the town recently received more than $1.9 million in grant funding for stormwater improvements from three government agencies.

“We have been addressing our stormwater issues on a small scale, using the limited resources we have,” said Mayor Williams. “These grants enable us to take that work to another level. We are focusing the funding on our top priority, making improvements on Flower Street along the Hudson Branch," he added.

During the past several months, the town received a $165,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), $800,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, and a $962,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for stormwater improvements. 

Darl Kolar, Project Manager of EA Engineering, Science, and Technology said the grant will help combat several issues.

"Flooding is no secret in the town of Berlin. Number one it's going to significantly address the flooding in some of the areas that are in most dire need of that. In addition to that it's going to significantly improve the water quality. These stormwater initiatives and improvements have a water quality component as well," Kolar said.

Mayor Gee Williams said the town is invested in the opportunity. 

“The investment the community has made in our stormwater utility is paying off,” Mayor Williams stated. “Our partners at the federal and state level recognize our commitment and are willing to help make it happen.”

The Hudson Branch project will address flooding issues in Berlin as well as improve water quality in the receiving waters that discharge into the coastal bays, according to town officials.

“We'll be able to tackle the first two phases of the work we planned on Flower Street and William Street along the Hudson Branch. Both of these phases include culvert replacements coupled with the creation of several off-line wetlands,” said Town Administrator Laura Allen. “We're wrapping up the design and moving into the permitting stage right now. The project will take about two years to complete,” she added.

Town staff is giving an update on the Hudson Branch Project to the Mayor and Council at the September 22, 2014 meeting. The public is encouraged to attend. 



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