Friday, May 8, 2009

Cleaning Up Little Patuxent

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is holding a ceremony today to break ground on a $100 million project at the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant to install new equipment to remove so-called nutrients from wastewater flowing to the river.

High levels of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous), as well as sediments, have been destroying the Little Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay for years.

According to the county's Web site, the plant in Savage serves the central part of Howard County, including Columbia, Savage, and North Laurel. There are 820 miles of gravity and force main sewer pipe that carries wastewater to the plant.

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