HAGERSTOWN, MD., Aug. 4, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $3.6 million to modernize critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects in rural Maryland.
“These critical infrastructure improvements are essential for our small towns and municipalities and USDA Rural Development is proud to make these investments to improve the quality of life in rural Maryland,” said State Director Denise Lovelady. “Access to modern infrastructure will improve conditions to further rural prosperity. Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner with rural Maryland in building stronger and healthier communities because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
The Town of Westernport will use a $595,000 loan to repair existing sanitary sewer collection lines along Lincoln Drive. The re-lining of the pipes will repair cracks and uneven joints that will eliminate contamination caused by surface water intrusion. This system serves a population of 1,888 people.
The Town of Port Deposit will use a $245,000 loan and a $572,000 grant to construct a new drainage system within the town to control flooding around Race Street, Granite Avenue and Rock Run Road. The investment will support needed infrastructure to prevent stormwater from encroaching onto affected properties and dwellings during storm events. The paved surfaces of Granite Avenue have been compromised over time from frost and flooding will also be repaired. The population served is 653 and includes Port Deposit, Cecil County, Maryland.
Talbot County will use a $350,000 loan and a $1,050,000 grant to improve the St. Michaels wastewater collection system. The project is an expansion of the initial construction area to replace the sewer collection system and rehabilitate sections where the structural integrity has been compromised. These improvements will reduce the inflow and infiltration the county is experiencing with the existing St. Michaels sewer system service area.
Dorchester County Sanitary District, Inc. will use a $65,000 loan and a $732,000 grant to upgrade the existing water treatment system in the Bonnie Brook subdivision in the area of Linkwood. This project will modernize equipment and provide healthy, potable drinking water. This loan and grant combo are additional funding for an existing project.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
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