City to Spend $2 Billion to Keep Sewage Out of Streets, Waterways

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Baltimore has more sewage overflow than it really needs.

To that end, the city has modified a 2002 agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Environment, and the U.S. Department of Justice to schedule $2 billion of improvements to eliminate it by 2030, WBAL reported.

The project promises to help clean up our “basements, streets, and waterways,” according to the Maryland secretary of the environment. Despite being a long-term project, the first phase out of two is expected to decrease sewage overflows in the city by 83 percent and is scheduled to be completed by January 2021.

It seems it couldn’t come too soon. Allison Probst, Maryland executive director of Chesapeake Bay Foundation, referred to the sewage currently polluting Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as “a 19th century situation in a cutting edge city.”


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