County to double treatment capacity

The Baltimore Sun

Harford County has purchased 70 acres that will allow it to double the output from its largest water-treatment plant.

The county spent $2 million for the three parcels adjacent to the Abingdon Water Treatment Plant on Abingdon Road. Design plans call for a 20 million-gallon daily capacity, twice the current capacity. The property offers enough space to house additional equipment that could process as much as 40 million gallons daily.

The centrally located plant "will handle our needs now and well into the foreseeable future," County Executive David R. Craig said in a news release distributed Friday.

The purchase includes two homes that will remain occupied by the owners for the time being and the Spencer Sand and Gravel Co., which will lease its 6-acre property from the county and continue its surface-mining operations for a maximum of seven years. The Maryland Department of the Environment will assist the county in closing an inactive rubble landfill on the site.

Closings set for Labor Day

Harford County government offices will be closed tomorrow for Labor Day.

The county Waste Disposal Center and Waste to Energy will be closed.

Public libraries, senior centers and public schools will be closed.

Overview planned on green roofs

Edmund and Lucie Snodgrass, local green roof advocates and co-authors of Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide, will present an overview of green roofs and their benefits, challenges, design, construction and plant selection at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bel Air library branch, 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave.

A book signing will follow the program.

Edmund C. Snodgrass started what is believed to be the first green roof nursery in the United States and has collaborated on green roof research with colleges and universities. A fifth-generation farmer and nurseryman, he is owner and president of Emory Knoll Farms Inc. and Green Roof Plants in Street, specializing in plants and horticultural consulting for green roofs.

In the 1980s, he redesigned Emory Knoll using the principles of sustainability. He is a conservationist and has put most of the land into an agricultural preservation trust.

Emory Knoll Farms Inc. supplies plants for more than 1 million square feet of green roofs in 20 states, Washington, D.C., and abroad.

Lucie L. Snodgrass is a gardener and writer. Before teaching college courses, she was a federal and state policy adviser.

Information: 410-638-3151, ext. 2224.

Workshop planned on development

Residents interested in helping shape development in Bel Air for the next 10 years and willing to donate a day to meet with others are invited to participate in the town's planning workshop.

The Maryland Annotated Code requires every municipality in the state to review its comprehensive plan at least once every six years.

Bel Air's plan, adopted in 2002, is under review. To meet state requirements and to address the changing development climate of Bel Air, the town's Planning Commission will sponsor a workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Reckord Armory, 37 N. Main St.

The workshop will help Planning Commission members gain a better understanding of residents' goals and objectives.

Participants will work in relatively small groups that will evaluate elements of the current comprehensive plan and develop recommendations for the 2008 plan.

Findings will be presented to work groups assigned to draft the revised plan.

For information or to sign up for the workshop, call the Planning Office at 410-879-9500 or 410-638-4540.

Library marking card sign-up month

The Harford County public library system is marking September as Library Card Sign-up Month.

Studies have found that children who are read to at home and who use the library do better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

"A library card has always been one of the most important school supplies of all," says Janine Lis, marketing manager for the county library. "Kids can come to the library to get homework help and check out books, but they can also check out free music, DVDs and use the Internet to make after-school life a little more fun."

The Edgewood branch will hold a drawing for prizes during September. Residents can show their library cards to enter the drawing.

Information: Visit a branch or www.hcplonline. info.

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