County Executive Steve Schuh, Governor Bob Ehrlich Highlight Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act Impact in Anne Arundel County
Pasadena, MD (July 12, 2017) – Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, former Governor Bob Ehrlich, and Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles today highlighted the impact of the historic 2004 Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act in Anne Arundel as the County capped off one of the final facility upgrades mandated by the legislation.
“Thanks to the work of Governor Ehrlich, Anne Arundel County embarked on a more than $200 million program to upgrade six water treatment plants,” said Schuh. “Those upgrades will pull millions of pounds of nitrogen and phosphorus out of the Bay each year.”
The event took place at the Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility, a $141 million upgrade projected to remove more than 1.6 million pounds of nitrogen from the Bay yearly. Since 2011, the County has worked to upgrade six of its water reclamation facilities, other upgrades and their cost include:
- Annapolis Water Reclamation facility $20 million
- Broadneck Water Reclamation Facility $25 million
- Broadwater Water Reclamation Facility $10 million
- Maryland City Water Reclamation Facility $10 million
- Patuxent Water Reclamation facility $13 million
These efforts, along with those of prior years, have measurable effects on the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation rating for the Bay has risen to 34, up from 32 in 2014 and up from only 23 in 1983.
Schuh has also budgeted approximately $240 million over six years to clean up eroded creeks and broken storm pipes in the County, continuing the effort to bring life to the waterways.
Map with Upgrades and Cost