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Kamenetz Announces Project to Divert Sewage from Bullneck Creek in Dundalk

Towson, Maryland (April 9, 2014) – County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that pending construction of a private sewage pumping station will divert the effluent from failing septic systems serving about 100 homes in the Dundalk Mobile Home Court and prevent it from entering Bullneck Creek, resolving a long-standing environmental and public health problem in the area. 

"This is a tangible, permanent solution to an ongoing problem that has been damaging our local waterways for many years," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

A Significant Environmental Achievement

Over the last two years, Baltimore County's Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) has worked cooperatively with the Baltimore County Department of Public Works and management of the Dundalk Mobile Home Court to move this project forward. This project is viewed by EPS as a significant environmental achievement that will eliminate the discharge of more than 10,000 gallons of sewage per day to shallow groundwater that feeds Bullneck Creek. It will account for 90 percent of the County's two-year nitrogen reduction goal for septic systems, as committed to in the Baltimore County Watershed Implementation Plan.

The $1.5 million project, funded in part by a $90,000 Maryland Bay Restoration Fund grant, will divert some 10,000 gallons of sewage that is currently seeping from homes near the end of Seaside Avenue into Bullneck Creek. The project, funded primarily by the owners of the Dundalk Mobile Home Court, is expected to be completed by this July. Known problems with this septic system date back to the early 1980s resulting from poor soils and a shallow ground water table.

While this project addresses the largest septic system problem, by far, in Baltimore County's Chesapeake Bay Critical Area (CBCA), EPS has identified nearly 80 other properties in the CBCA that are currently utilizing septic systems but have access to public sewer. Over the coming years, EPS plans to market the use of Bay Restoration Fund grants to get these properties connected to public sewer.