ANNAPOLIS Governor Martin OMalley yesterday announced the Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of $1.2 million in Program Open Space (POS) funds for local projects, $1.8 million in state land acquisitions, and over $2 million in other natural resources projects.
Included in this funding is $1,058,616 for the reconstruction of stone revetments and the stone groin at Point Lookout State Park in St. Marys County. A revetment involves lining the shoreline with a skirt of fabric and large stones which will reduce the damage caused by erosion when the waves strike the shore. A groin is a small jetty that extends out from the shore to prevent erosion on the beach.
The shoreline was damaged in September of 2006 when tropical storm Ernesto passed through the area.
Funding was also approved in the amount of $750,000 for the construction of a covered 175- foot by 325-foot show ring at the Equestrian Center in Prince Georges County.
Chaired by Governor OMalley, the Board of Public Works is also comprised of Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp. The Board is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.
Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for acquisition of nearly 292,000 acres for open space and recreation areas. Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded by this program.