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Storm Water Pipeline Hits Roadblock

January 24th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Almost having wrapped up the final design for construction of a large storm water pipeline in Cumberland that will ultimately help clean up the Potomac River- the project has hit a major roadblock from an unlikely source:  the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The city has been working for the past five years- taking measures to comply with a state mandate requiring the mitigation of storm water effluent being released into the North Branch of the Potomac River. The plan to prevent the effluent overflows includes installing a 78-inch pipeline behind the Western Maryland Railway Station that will extend to the city’s wastewater treatment plant in South Cumberland. However with the start of construction very close at hand, City Engineer Bobby Smith reports that a last minute request from the Corps of Engineers for a peer review process could significantly delay the project…