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Funding Approved for Upgrades to Salisbury Wastewater Treatment Plant

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BALTIMORE, Md.- The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $80 million in funding today to upgrade two wastewater treatment plants, including one in Wicomico County.

More than $60 million in funding has been awarded to the city of Salisbury to help fund the design and construction of Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) and Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) upgrades at the 8.5 million gallons per day Salisbury Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The board says after these upgrades, the facility will reduce its nitrogen discharge by 83.3 percent and its phosphorus discharge by 85 percent, significantly reducing the amount of nutrients discharged to the Wicomico River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.

“These are smart investments and great news for Maryland communities and citizens of the Chesapeake Bay region. The Maryland Department of the Environment thanks Governor Hogan for his leadership on this environmental priority,” said MDE Secretary Ben Grumbles.

The following list breaks down where the total $60,776,970 comes from:

  • $34,548,000 Water Quality State Revolving Loan Fund loan
  • $1.5 million grant in the form of loan forgiveness from the Water Quality State Revolving Loan Fund
  • $13,237,890 Bay Restoration Fund grant
  • $11,491,080 Chesapeake Bay Water Quality projects grant

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