County awards contracts for environmental work Improvements planned for streams and island

September 21, 1998|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County has awarded four contracts totaling $1.75 million for the protection and restoration of Hart Miller Island and several county streams.

"These projects are about water quality and protection of the Chesapeake Bay," said George G. Perdikakis, director of the county Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management.

The largest contract went to Coastal Design & Construction of Gloucester, Va., which won the $1.2 million job to protect 4,000 feet of the Hart-Miller Island Dredge Material Placement Facility near Hawk Cove in the Chesapeake Bay.

The project will provide erosion control for a portion of Hart Island and the recreational beach area popular with county boaters.

The company will build 15 stone breakwaters and 1,100 feet of stone embankment. The breakwaters will be placed in shallow water and marked with warning signs, and will be segmented to maintain access to the beach.

The Hart-Miller Island shoreline protection project is being funded 75 percent by state bonds and 25 percent by county bonds. The county has hired Maryland Environmental Service for management and inspection services during the construction, scheduled to begin this month.

The county awarded Coastal Design and Construction a

$100,000 contract for shore protection and water quality improvements at Bear Creek Park and Bear Creek Elementary School in Dundalk.

That project includes 150 feet of stone embankment and 100 feet of tidal marsh enhancement. The water quality improvements include the creation of a shallow marsh system into which a portion of the area's residential storm water flows will be diverted before entering the headwaters of Bear Creek. An upland shoreline buffer will receive native plantings.

The project, which will begin this month, is being funded by state bonds.

Highland Turf Inc., of Savage, has been awarded a $176,000 contract for the restoration of approximately 450 feet of the North Fork of White Marsh Run, which is north of Ebenezer Road next to the Perryvale community.

The restoration will include adjustments to the alignment of the stream channel. An existing storm water management pond will be converted to provide water quality treatment.

The project is being funded by Maryland Department of the Environment and county bonds. Construction is scheduled to begin in October.

Highland Turf also received a $270,000 contract to restore approximately 550 feet of Towson Run, which is between York Road, Towsontown Boulevard and Burke Avenue.

Restoration measures include stabilization of steep slopes, adjustment of the stream channel alignment and treatment of runoff from an adjacent parking lot.

Construction, scheduled to start this month, is being funded by county bonds.

Pub Date: 9/21/98

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