Howard County Continues Watershed Protection Program with Old Mill Road Storm Water Pond Repair

August 5, 2014
Howard County Government


 August 5, 2014


Howard County Continues Watershed Protection Program with Old Mill Road Storm Water Pond Repair


ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced today that the County’s Watershed Protection and Restoration Program is continuing with a project to repair a storm water pond on Old Mill Road in the vicinity of Millwick Drive in Ellicott City. The project will include replacement of the pond’s metal principal spillway with a new concrete spillway. The project is scheduled to begin on or about Monday, August 4. 


“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.  “With many more projects like this to come in the near future, we want our residents to see the value of their investments.”


Howard County is a leader in responsible stormwater management. Last year, the Howard County Council 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.


Funded in part by the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, the Old Mill Road storm water pond project is expected to cost $291,491.


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-September. 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