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Baltimore County Sanitary Sewer Overflow Consent Decree Program | Maryland, US

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Baltimore County program upgrades sewer system

Baltimore County is located in the northern part of Maryland. Its population is 805,000. The city of Baltimore is not located within the county boundaries.

Challenge
A consent decree was brought forth by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Department of the Environment against Baltimore County. The decree outlined agreed-upon capital and operations improvements, with deadlines for Clean Water Act compliance. The goal was to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows.

Solution
Louis Berger is providing program management services for the 15-year, $850 million Baltimore County Sanitary Sewer Overflow Consent Decree Program.

The program focuses on:

  • Conducting a system-wide sanitary sewer evaluation survey.
  • Developing plans to identify and prioritize major capital improvement projects.
  • Implementing the Fats, Oils and Grease Program.
  • Evaluating, designing and constructing more than 100 sewer pumping station upgrades.

The team’s services range from conducting field work in support of county utility forces to completing annual capital improvement planning using Primavera P6 software. The team is also responsible for coordinating meetings with regulators to report progress.

Other tasks include program scheduling and consent decree deadline tracking, full-service manhole inspections, managing on-call construction contractors, closed-circuit television inspections and managing multiple consultants.