April 11, 2014
Howard County Continues Watershed Protection Program with Angela Valley Storm Water Pond Repair
ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced today that the County’s Watershed Protection and Restoration Program was continuing with a project to repair a storm water pond in Ellicott City’s Angela Valley community. The project will include replacement of the pond’s current metal pipe, which has corroded, with a new concrete pipe. The new pipe and riser structure have a longer, useful lifespan than the original pipe. The repair work will also bring the pond up to current State of Maryland dam safety standards. The project is scheduled to begin on or about Monday, April 21.
“We are implementing an ambitious program to protect the Chesapeake Bay by making sure the impact of stormwater pollution is minimized,” said County Executive Ken Ulman. “It’s important that our residents see the value of these projects, and there are many, many of them coming over the next few years.”
Howard County has been a leader in responsible stormwater management. The Howard County Council recently approved a Watershed Protection and Restoration Plan that is expected to collect $9.5 million yearly for improvement projects. Previously, County Executive Ulman had committed $22 million over the past two years for such projects.
The money will be used for stream restorations, pond retrofits, bioretention areas, asphalt reduction and other projects, in order to meet a federally required target of making sure that 20 percent of Howard County’s untreated impervious surface is being treated by 2019.
The Angela Valley storm water pond project is expected to cost $249,083.
Pollutants and chemicals washed by rainwater from impervious surfaces into streams and rivers is a major source of local stream and Chesapeake Bay degradation.
Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by mid-June. The project is not expected to impact the flow of traffic in the area.
For questions or concerns about Capital Project D-1159, contact Lisa Brightwell, Public Works Customer Service, at 410-313-3440, or by e-mail to email@example.com.