Del. Kipke Takes Lead On Critical Issue

Annapolis, MD – On Friday, January 23rd at 10:00 a.m. the Anne Arundel County Delegation of the Maryland House of Delegates will host a briefing on the condition of Anne Arundel County’s public sewage treatment system. The Anne Arundel County Department of Pubic Works and the Maryland Department of the Environment have been invited to provide an overview on the state of the system, address concerns over failing pumping stations, and allow for questions from the delegation. The briefing is open to the public.

“I requested this briefing because I am concerned over failing pumping stations and numerous raw sewage spills that are pouring into already polluted creeks and rivers, said Delegate Kipke (R-Pasadena). Northern Anne Arundel County contains extensive shoreline and recent observations indicate that the level of pollution continues to increase and expand beyond historically polluted areas. Even now three major creeks are under a limited use advisory in Glen Burnie and Pasadena, because of high bacteria levels, including Marley, Furnace, and much of Rock Creek.

One of the major polluters is Cox Creek Water Reclamation Center. This facility is undergoing a multi-million dollar upgrade that is designed to dramatically reduce pollution that reaches the troubled Patapsco River. However, concerns remain over system capacity and the path the sewage travels to reach this and other treatment facilities.

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“While there has been a lot of attention placed on failing residential septic systems, I believe it is important that we also place a magnifying glass on the public sewage system. It seems to me that this may be the larger polluter considering thousands of gallons of raw sewage spill directly into our creeks each year,” said Delegate Kipke.

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