State Spends $1.1M for Conservation Easement Within Zekiah Watershed - Southern Maryland Headline News

State Spends $1.1M for Conservation Easement Within Zekiah Watershed

ANNAPOLIS (November 5, 2007) – Last Thursday, Governor Martin O’Malley announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of Rural Legacy funds to purchase a 113.1-acre conservation easement in Charles County.

The easement located within the Zekiah Watershed Rural Legacy Area, purchased for $1,109,720.24, will help improve the water quality by maintaining riparian buffers on tributaries of Zekiah Swamp Run, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Charles County will hold this easement which protects valuable agricultural and forest land.

“We have so many projects in Maryland, and a lot of communities may not think they are touched by the State, “said Treasurer Nancy Kopp. “I hope that citizens realize the significant support that the State regularly provides for these local preservation projects.”

In total the BPW approved funding for 14 local park and recreation areas and preservation of 406 acres of agricultural and forest land in 10 Counties today.

Chaired by Governor O’Malley, 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.


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