Press Release

October 5, 2007
Decades-long Dispute Settled

U.S. Benjamin L. Cardin and
Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has agreed to pay $510,000 to compensate Chesapeake City for damages caused decades ago when the Corps deepened the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The decision was disclosed today in a phone call from Assistant Secretary of the Army J.P. Woodley to Senator Cardin.


The Corps removed the drinking water lines that connected the two parts of the municipality over 50 years ago.
  Since then Chesapeake City has maintained dual drinking water and wastewater facilities.
  Chesapeake City currently is moving ahead with plans to replace its water and wastewater systems and to install dual lines under the Canal.
  Funds from the damage award will be used to finance the current infrastructure up-grades, according to town officials.


“As a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I have met with Mr. Woodley and the top Army General who oversees the Corps to make clear to them the high priority I have placed on getting compensation for Chesapeake City,” said Senator Cardin.
  “I am pleased the Corp recognizes its responsibilities to Chesapeake City and has approved this compensation, which will help to fund upgrades to its water and wastewater systems.”


“I'm so proud to have fought for this funding for Chesapeake City and to offer a resolution for its residents.  This funding from the Army Corps of Engineers is critical in helping Chesapeake City maintain a clean, healthy water supply,” Senator Mikulski said. “I will continue to fight for the priorities of Cecil County communities.”


The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is responsible for the oversight of the work of the Army Corps of Engineers. Senator Cardin met with Assistant Secretary Woodley in February and with General Robert L. Van Antwerp, Jr., Chief of the Engineers, in April of this year.


Senator Mikulski, from her position on the Appropriations Committee, secured funding for the damage assessment study completed by the Corps in 2005.