BALTIMORE (Nov. 10, 2008)—The Maryland Board of Public Works on Nov. 5 approved a $1,582,000 grant to the Calvert County Planning & Zoning office to upgrade onsite sewage disposal systems (septic systems) to remove nitrogen. The money will come from Bay Restoration Funds.
Maryland Dept. of the Environment solicited proposals from all counties in the State and received seven applicants, all of which were awarded a grant. Once fully implemented, these upgrades will reduce over 6,000 pounds of nitrogen from entering Maryland waterways by installing 400 septic upgrades with nutrient removing technology.
The Board of Public Works also approved Marylands Scrap Tire annual budget for FY 2009 for a total of more than $1.8 million. This years budget includes funding for four scrap tire projects and one scrap tire stockpile cleanup. This request will be funded through the Used Tire Cleanup and Recycling Fund.
The board approval will provide funds for refurbishing and continuing long-term maintenance of existing scrap tire playgrounds located in the State park system and for construction and/or renovation of school playgrounds, athletic fields, running tracks, and/or other recreational athletic surfaces at various Maryland public schools utilizing scrap tires. The Board also approved funding for a Citizen Drop Off Day in across the State to assist Maryland residents by providing a free responsible disposal option for homeowners who have accumulated a small number of scrap tires.