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Watershed project under way at stormwater pond in Ellicott City

Howard County's Watershed Protection and Restoration Program is launching a project to repair a stormwater pond on Old Mill Road in the vicinity of Millwick Drive in Ellicott City. The project will include replacement of the pond's metal principal spillway with a new concrete spillway.

Last year, the County Council approved a Watershed Protection and Restoration Plan that is expected to collect $9.5 million annually for improvement projects. The money will be used for stream restorations, pond retrofits, bioretention areas, asphalt reduction and other projects to meet a federally required target of making sure that 20 percent of the county's untreated impervious surface is being treated by 2019.

Funded in part by the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, the Old Mill Road stormwater pond project is expected to cost $291,491. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by mid-September. The project is not expected to affect the flow of traffic in the area.

"We are implementing an ambitious program to protect the Chesapeake Bay by making sure the impact of stormwater pollution is minimized," said County Executive Ken Ulman. "With many more projects like this to come in the near future, we want our residents to see the value of their investments."

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