WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $2,820,000 in federal funding to replace the expired sewage pumping station in Emmitsburg, Md., to prevent future contamination of Tom’s Creek and the Monocacy River. 

“Preserving the integrity and sanitation of our state’s local waterways, which directly impact public health, is critical. This new federal funding to replace the aging sewage pumping station will mitigate the risk of water contamination, ultimately keeping Marylanders safe and healthy,” said Senator Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “I will continue to advocate for clean, safe and reliable water for local communities here in Maryland and across the country.”

“Providing access to clean water is essential, and modernizing our wastewater infrastructure is a key part of that effort,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Environment and Public Works Committees. “These funds will improve water quality for residents in Frederick County and the health of Tom’s Creek and the Monocacy River – while also creating good-paying jobs in this community. We will continue working to secure resources to improve public health for Marylanders.”

“I’m proud to join Senators Cardin and Van Hollen in announcing more than $2.8 million in federal funding to upgrade waste water infrastructure in Frederick County,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin. “This new funding is an essential step to protecting our waterways and Marylanders who use them against contamination and pollution. We remain committed to preserving clean water and public health across Maryland.”     

The Town of Emmitsburg was awarded $833,000 in federal grant money and approved for a loan of $1,987,000.  Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development as a part of the Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funds economic development and social services in rural communities across the country. Rural Development initiatives support essential services and infrastructure improvements.