MD Governor Visits JMT Stream Restoration Project
October 14, 2014Location: Ellicott City, Maryland
On October 14, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley visited an
active stream restoration project within the Upper Little Patuxent
watershed in Howard County, as part of a tour focused on the health
of the Chesapeake Bay. JMT is the designer of this Design-Build
project, the first of its kind initiated by the Maryland State
Highway Administration (SHA). The project, currently under
construction by our partner Ecotone, will restore more
than 4,000 linear feet of the main stem river and tributaries and
create more than three acres of floodplain wetlands to trap excess
nutrient and sediment from entering the Bay. The project will
prevent 3,560 pounds of nitrogen, 965 pounds of phosphorus, and
1,254 tons of sediment per year from entering downstream waters.
The project is the first step in SHA's commitment to restore more
than 60,000 linear feet of streams in Maryland to reduce pollutants
entering the Chesapeake. The Upper Little Patuxent project is
expected to be completed in 2015.
Several members of JMT attended the event, joining students from
Hollifield Station Elementary Schools, state senators, State
Highway Administrator Melinda Peters, SHA Director of Environmental
Design Sonal Sanghavi, and more.
At the event, Governor O'Malley noted this $1.7 million stream
restoration is just one of thousands of environmental projects that
will begin in the next six years as part of a total $600 million
A press release from the governor's office reads:
"In Maryland, we're investing in restoring our Chesapeake Bay
for all of those who depend on her for recreation or for a
livelihood, and projects such as restoring streams have a direct
and immediate positive impact on the bay's health," said Governor
O'Malley. "We stand on the threshold of a tipping point in which
the bay can once again flourish and all of us are partners in
reclaiming the Bay."
"The Chesapeake Bay is an integral part of who we are as
Marylanders - our heritage, our economy and our culture," said U.S.
Senator Barbara Mikulski, Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations
Committee. "These investments in the health and future of the Bay
are investments in the communities that depend on the Bay,
supporting jobs today and jobs tomorrow. I will continue to fight
to protect the Bay, Maryland's greatest natural resource, and the
lives and livelihoods that depend on it."
"The Chesapeake Bay is an iconic part of Maryland's culture and
an integral part of our economy," said U.S. Senator Ben Cardin,
Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water &
Wildlife Subcommittee. "We're all in this together. No one source
or single sector bears all the blame for degraded water quality in
the Bay. But with the support of robust state and federal
investments, if we all continue work together, we will see even
more progress and leave our children a Chesapeake Bay that is
healthier than it is today. A healthy Bay means a healthy
Read the entire press release here.
Photo courtesy of the Executive Office of the