FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MILLERSVILLE, MD — The Maryland Environmental Service (MES) today announced that a notice of intent has been issued to award a $12.7 million contract for the dredging of Lake Linganore in Frederick County to Mobile Dredging & Video Pipe, Inc. The dredging project will restore water depths, improve water storage capacity for the City of Frederick and Frederick County, and improve access to the lake for homeowners in the area. The intended awardee was selected after a competitive MES procurement process.
Lake Linganore, a 209-acre lake in Central Frederick County, was constructed in 1972 and provides drinking water for the City of Frederick and is an emergency water source for Frederick County. Since construction, the lake has slowly been losing storage capacity due to sediment build-up. The upper portions of the lake are severely impacted, losing approximately 65 percent of the available water volume, needed by both the city and county. Local homeowners have also been impacted with reduction or elimination of access to the lake.
“I am pleased that the dredging project has received all of the necessary permits and we are ready to remove sediment that has been building up over the past 45 years,” Frederick County Executive Jan H. Gardner said. “This project is an excellent example of county government partnering with the City and our citizens to bring about long-term benefits for the community.”
“This important project will restore capacity to Lake Linganore and improve access to a vital water source for both the City of Frederick and Frederick County,” said Roy McGrath, Director and CEO of the Maryland Environmental Service. “By providing our dredging and material management expertise, using an efficient and environmentally sensitive method, MES and our team of contractors can substantially reverse the effects of sediment build-up on the lake.”
This multi-year project is expected to commence in early 2019. Dredged material will be removed from the lake and stockpiled for innovative reuse as future landfill cover.
Established in 1970, MES is the 25th largest business in the Baltimore area by revenue, operating approximately 1,000 environmental projects and services across the Mid-Atlantic Region, and employing over 800 teammates. An independent, self-supporting agency of the State of Maryland, MES enhances and protects Maryland’s environment through innovative solutions to the region’s most complex environmental challenges. As a unique, not-for-profit public corporation, MES combines public sector commitment to environmental protection with private sector flexibility and responsiveness. MES receives no direct State operations funding and does not have regulatory authority. More than two-thirds of MES’ revenues flow directly to other private sector business partners. To learn more, visit www.menv.com.---