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City To Receive Funds To Cut Flow Of Pollutants Into Potomac River

June 20th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The city of Cumberland, according to administrator Jeff Rhodes, is expected to receive $30 million from the Maryland Department of the Environment to fund a project that will cut the flow of pollutants from the city into the Potomac River by 50 percent. The announcement of the state funding came during the most recent meeting of the mayor and City Council. The city authorized the execution of an agreement with Whitman, Requardt and Associates of Baltimore to finalize documents that will lead to soliciting contractor bids to perform the first phase of the project. The project will include burying a 50 million gallon storage tank beneath basketball courts at the Mason Sporting Complex in South Cumberland. The storage tanks are part of a plan to capture overflow from the city's aging combined sewer and storm water piping system, preventing it from flowing into the North Branch of the Potomac River.  Rhodes says the city is currently working the MDE to see if collection efforts can be reduced…

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