News Release# 17-09 - Cecil County Receives Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Grant
June 21, 2017
Elkton, MD – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded an $818,225 Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund “Cost-Effective Non-Point Source Pollution Reduction Grant” to Cecil County Government to fund the upgrade of a stormwater management facility serving the Timberbrook development in North East as well as the construction or upgrade of roadside stormwater management ditches along County roadways.
The DNR grant program is intended to fund the most cost-effective and efficient non-point source pollution reduction projects to help achieve the goals outlined in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and to make progress toward meeting the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). DNR received 51 proposals seeking a total of $72M in funding and selected 18 for funding. The evaluation criteria used to select projects for funding included such things as the type and location of stormwater management practices to be implemented, nutrient and sediment reductions to be achieved, cost effectiveness, and readiness to proceed.
Constructed in the late 1980’s, the existing stormwater pond serving Timberbrook, primarily a townhouse community located north of Route 40 and east of Route 272, controls the stormwater that runs off the community’s nearly 16 acres of rooftops, pavement, and other impervious surfaces, but provides limited treatment. In addition, the stormwater pond has relatively steep banks that are difficult to mow and maintain. The project will modify the pond to improve its ability to treat the stormwater that flows into it and better regulate the rate at which water flows out in order to reduce downstream channel erosion. The banks of the pond will also be reworked to make them less steep and thus easier and safer to mow and maintain. A walking trail will be built around the pond as well. The goals of the project are to increase the level of treatment that the pond provides to the stormwater; provide enhanced wildlife habitat, and make the facility an amenity for the community that it serves. Of the $818,225 total grant, $505,000 is dedicated to the Timberbrook project.
The second component of the grant, valued at $313,225, will fund the construction or upgrade of existing roadside stormwater ditches to make them more effective in both controlling and treating stormwater as it runs off the road surface. The ditches will be constructed or repaired to give them a certain shape to help slow down the stormwater and encourage it to infiltrate or soak into the ground. By doing so, less erosion will occur and sediment and other pollutants will be removed as the water soaks into the ground. The improved ditches should be easier to mow and maintain and with their more gentle side slopes, should improve roadside safety as well. The work will be done by Department of Public Works Roads Division crews. The grant funds will partially reimburse the County for the cost of the work. An estimated two miles of roadside ditch is expected to be built or upgraded.
Stormwater Management Division of the Cecil County Department of Public Works prepared the grant application and managed the design of the Timberbrook project.
Design of the Timberbrook project is complete and was funded by Cecil County. Construction is expected to start in fall 2017 and to be completed by the end of the year. Construction will be managed by Engineering & Construction Division of the Cecil County Department of Public Works. Once complete, the stormwater facility will be maintained by the Timberbrook Homeowner’s Association.
Work on the roadside ditch improvements is expected to start in fall 2017 and to be complete by spring 2018.
The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund was created by the State of Maryland in 2007 and is administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. It is funded using revenue from the state’s motor fuel excise and rental car taxes. Trust Fund grants are used to fund water quality and watershed restoration and protection projects to reduce non-point source pollution to the Chesapeake Bay as well as bays along Maryland’s Atlantic coast.