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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Ribbon Cutting: Wastewater Facility Upgrade Complete

Treatment Plant's Outstanding Performance Attracts National Interest


Ribbon Cutting: Wastewater Facility Upgrade Complete

Treatment Plant’s Outstanding Performance Attracts National Interest

FREDERICK, MD – Aug. 28, 2019:  On Sept. 9, Mayor Michael O’Connor and Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles will celebrate the completion of work at the City’s wastewater treatment facility to meet the highest environmental standards.

The public is invited to attend the event: 11 a.m., Sept. 9, 100 Treatment Plant Road.   Access from Monocacy Boulevard; see attached map.

Project Background: 

Maryland raised its environmental standards for all treatment plants in order to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Excess nitrogen that enters the Bay causes environmental destruction. Over the course of four years, PC Construction Co. built and installed complex technical and mechanical filtering systems at Frederick’s treatment plant. These systems remove excess nitrogen from water that is released into the Monocacy River after treatment.

“Effluent from wastewater treatment plants is one of the top three major contributors of nutrients entering the Bay,” said Superintendent of Waste Water Stona Cosner. “The City of Frederick is proud to be in compliance with the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Enhanced Nutrient Removal strategy.”

Performance at the plant over the first year of operation has been outstanding, despite the record high flows caused by extreme weather events. Cosner and his team not only met nutrient removal targets set by the MDE, but exceeded them. The impressive performance of the new system and challenges associated with startup are the subject of a white paper authored by Cosner and Thor Young, Scott Crosswell, and Peng Chen of GHD, the project design engineer. The paper will be presented at two national conferences for water quality professionals from around the world.

Mayor O’Connor is proud of the performance by the plant and the team involved.

“I can’t imagine a more important accomplishment than addressing long-range environmental sustainability,” O’Connor said. “This is something that matters for public health, safety and welfare, now and long into the future. My administration is committed to continue being part of the solution.”

On Sept. 9, O’Connor, Secretary Grumbles, PC Construction, and GHD will share details of Frederick’s project and success.

The Wastewater Treatment Plan map is available for viewing here 


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