October 13, 2014
Howard County Continues Watershed Protection Program with Southview Road Stream Restoration Project
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 an eroding stream on Southview Road in the vicinity of Ramsey Drive and Ramblewood Road in Ellicott City. The stream will be graded and the bank will be stabilized using a combination of stone and vegetative treatments. The project will provide treatment of 27.82 acres of impervious surfaces. The project is expected to begin on or about Monday, October 27.
“Projects like this continue our effort to protect the Chesapeake Bay, by minimizing the impact stormwater pollution has on this important estuary,” said County Executive Ken Ulman. “With many more projects 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.
The construction of this project is partially funded by the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program and a Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund grant. The Southview Road stream restoration project is expected to cost $1 million.
Pollutants and chemicals washed by rainwater from impervious surfaces into streams and rivers is a major source of local stream and Chesapeake Bay degradation.
For more information about the County’s stormwater program, visit www.cleanwaterhoward.com.
Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by early July 2015. The project is not expected to impact traffic flow or parking.
For questions or concerns about Capital Project D-1158, contact Lisa Brightwell, Public Works Customer Service, at 410-313-3440, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.