WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (R-Md.) have announced $1,115,000 in federal funds to support water infrastructure projects throughout Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The grants are awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants.

“Modernizing our state’s water infrastructure is critical to protecting the health and safety of our citizens and strengthening our local economies,” Cardin said. “These federal funds will ensure communities on the Eastern Shore have access to clean drinking water and up-to-date waste management systems, while helping better prepare to withstand flooding. Team Maryland will continue to fight for these long-term investments to upgrade and improve water systems throughout the state.”

Van Hollen echoed Cardin’s sentiments.

“Protecting our water infrastructure is critical to public health and the safety of our citizens,” Van Hollen said. “By investing in these essential resources, we can create local jobs and ensure that Eastern Shore residents have access to clean drinking water and key flood control measures. We will keep working to bring federal investments to Maryland for the good of our infrastructure, local economies, and communities.”

Said Harris: “As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I support these grants to help our local communities improve water infrastructure and better serve local families and businesses on the Eastern Shore.”

The federal funds will go toward updating existing infrastructure to reduce storm water runoff, prevent flooding and improve wastewater collection and water treatment systems. The grants are awarded as follows:

• The Dorchester County Sanitary District, Inc. — $65,000

• Talbot County — $1,050,000

The USDA Rural Development programs supports economic development and social services in rural communities across America. Rural Development initiatives promote economic development by supporting essential services and infrastructure improvements.

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