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Garrett County Awarded Federal Sewage Grant

September 21st, 2015 by WCBC Radio U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin together with Congressman John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Board of County Commissioners of Garrett County has been awarded nearly $1.3 million in federal grant funding to upgrade critical wastewater infrastructure serving businesses in Western Maryland and support continued job growth in the region. This federal funding is made available through the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant program. EDA is funded through the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, of which Senator Mikulski is the Vice Chairwoman. “This federal funding is great news for Western Maryland communities because it will support the creation of jobs today and jobs tomorrow,” said Senator Mikulski, Vice Chairwoman of the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Commerce Department. “Maryland cities and towns need to upgrade their water and sewer infrastructure but they can’t do it on their own. I went to bat for Garrett County to secure this federal grant funding to make needed upgrades and updates to critical water and sewer infrastructure. I will continue to fight for infrastructure upgrades for Western Maryland to support a long-term roadmap for jobs and economic development.” “Investing in infrastructure is the right thing to do for our environment, public health and economy. For each public dollar we put into water infrastructure, for example, we see an increase in private long-term GDP output of more than six dollars,” said Senator Cardin, author of S. 741, The Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act. “The residents of Garrett County deserve proactive federal investments in their wastewater systems, making these EDA grants a wise investment in Western Maryland’s quality of life and economic growth.” –

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