BALTIMORE, Md. — In order to meet the governor’s statewide environmental goals, the city of Baltimore, Md. is ready to spend a quarter billion dollars to enhance the health of the Chesapeake Bay, according to ABC 2 News.

A $263.5 million projects was approved by the Baltimore City Board of Estimates to expand and renovate a wastewater treatment facility in Back River, noted the article.

“This project is an integral part of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Program mandated by the Maryland Department of the Environment,” said Alfred Foxx, director of Public Works. “When completed, it will dramatically reduce the nutrients that contribute to algae blooms, which reduce the oxygen content in the water and cause fish kills.”

Here is a list of projects to be completed at the facility:

• Pumping Station (300 million gallon/day pumping capacity)

• 52 biological (“de-nitrification”) filters (each 100’Lx12’W)

• Chemical feed facilities

• Modifications to the existing Activated Plants 2 and 3

• Supporting plant infrastructure including:

• Underground utilities (piping, electrical, gas, communications)

• Roadways

• Communications and plant process control systems

• 40 MG biological (“nitrification”) reactor tankage (separate contract)

• Twelve, 160-ft. diameter clarifier/ settling tanks (2 MG each) (separate contract).

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