Press Release

August 14, 2009

U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and
Barbara A. Mikulski
(both D-MD) announced today that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $250,000 to the City of Frostburg to construct water supply improvements in the Mt. Savage community. 


 “This ARC grant will help ensure that the people of Frostburg continue to have access to a safe, affordable, and reliable water supply. As a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, I firmly believe that all Americans have a right to clean, healthy drinking water,” said
Senator Cardin.


 “These federal funds help take the burden off local taxpayers in maintaining and expanding an affordable, reliable and safe water supply for Mt. Savage,”
Senator Mikulski
said. “This ARC grant will improve the water infrastructure in Frostburg and ensure that Mt. Savage residents have a system that they can depend on. I will continue to fight for federal investments that improve lives in Western Maryland.”


The Frostburg Water Improvements projects will replace two old, undersized water mains with new larger transmission mains. This will provide a safe, reliable water supply that will serve 640 households and businesses in Frostburg’s historic Mt. Savage community. ARC funds also will be used to construct a low head hydroelectric plant that will save costs and keep the system affordable for the low-income, rural population that makes up the service area.


In addition to ARC funds, Rural Development will provide a $1,022,510 loan and another federal grant will provide $400,000, bringing the total of federal funding for the project to $1,672,510.


 The ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.