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March 23, 1998

Nitrogen removal plant to be built at facility

The state Board of Public Works has issued a $400,000 grant for construction of a nitrogen removal plant at the Patuxent Reclamation Facility.

In addition to the state grant, the county is contributing $557,350. Future state funding is estimated at $100,000 for a total project cost of $1,057,350. Construction should be completed by January.

This project will help reduce nutrient discharges into the Patuxent River and contribute to achieving Maryland's goal of a 40 percent reduction in nutrients entering the Chesapeake Bay by the year 2000.

County preserves woodland along Jabez Branch

Anne Arundel County has preserved a 29-acre woodlanalong the banks of the Jabez Branch, the county's native brook trout stream in Gambrills.

The county recently negotiated an agreement with the owner of the property near the intersection of Interstate 97 and Route 32 that prevents the development of eight building lots. The agreement also preserves the forested cover that cools the stream and filters sediments and pollutants from storm water washing in from roads, fields and suburban development to the west.

The property, owned by South Shore Development Corp., is part of Holladay Park, a large underdeveloped subdivision that predates the county's earliest zoning codes.

Under the agreement, known as a conservation easement, the county purchased the development rights on the 29-acre woodland for the Maryland Environmental Trust.

South Shore continues to own the property but has agreed not to develop, farm or clear the land. MET will monitor the property. The easement cost $195,000. Jabez Branch is a small tributary.

County conducting study on commercial recycling

The county, with help from the North East Maryland Waste Disposal Authority, is conducting a study to find out how much waste was recycled by Anne Arundel County businesses during 1997.

More than 1500 businesses are being surveyed by phone. The object of the study is to identify and provide technical assistance to businesses not yet recycling and to encourage firms that are to report on time.

Its target groups are companies with 25 or more employees and multi-family property managers.

Anne Arundel County's recycling rate held steady at 33 percent in 1995 and 1996, yet less than half of that was generated by the commercial sector. Study results will be released later this month.

Conflict Resolution Center selects officers for 1998

The Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center recently announced officers for 1998. Carolyn Sullivan will serve her second term as president of the board of directors. Other officers include Fay Mauro, vice president; Nancy Goettelmann, secretary; and Margie Bryce, treasurer.

Linda Colinson, founder and president of LaCrista Inc., will lead a workshop, "From Kitchen to Boardroom or Mother of Invention," at 9: 30 a.m. Sunday at the Voices for Women Conference and Expo, Towson University union. Information: 410-337-5525.

Libraries offering cards to businesses in state

Anne Arundel County public libraries are offering library cards to interested businesses in Maryland.

The card allows business owners to keep their borrowing for business purposes separate from their personal borrowing.

The card also allows for multiple users. When filling out the brief form for a business card, the employer identification number or day care license number is needed, and the signature of the business owner is necessary. There is no cost to obtain a business library card.

Names in the news

Draft plans: County Executive John Gary recently asked 36 residents and business people in the Crofton/Severna Park and Crownsville areas to help draft plans that will guide the use of public property and public spending over the next 25 years. The Crownsville Small Area Planning Committee is the first of six community planning groups that Gary will appoint as part of an initiative inviting greater public involvement in growth and development issues. Once approved by the County Council, the Small Area Plans will guide lawmakers as they review and update the zoning in each area and prioritize public spending on libraries, schools, senior centers, sidewalks, parks and other facilities. Gary appointed William Moulden, a science teacher, Sherwood Forest resident and past president of the Severn River Association as chairman of the Crownsville group; and David Espie, a retired Crofton resident and past president of the Crofton Kiwanis, as chairman of the Crofton Small Area Planning Committee.

Pub Date: 3/23/98

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