Press Release

July 15, 2021
Cardin, Van Hollen, Harris Announce Over $500,000 to Improve Wastewater Infrastructure in Queen Anne’s County

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Andy Harris (all Md.) today announced $513,000 in federal funding to finish the construction of the Sudlersville Wastewater Treatment Plant in Queen Anne’s County.

“Upgrading our water infrastructure, particularly our local wastewater treatment facility serving Sudlersville and Barclay, will have a lasting impact on the health and safety of our communities,” said Senator Cardin, Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “I look forward to working with the Eastern Shore delegation to secure additional funding to repair and restore the integrity of our rural infrastructure.”      

“Investing in our wastewater infrastructure protects access to clean water for Marylanders and supports local economies. These funds will help get the Sudlersville Wastewater Treatment Plant construction across the finish line and improve water quality for residents of Queen Anne’s County and the Town of Sudlersville. We will continue working to secure resources to modernize our state’s infrastructure and provide clean water to our communities,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Appropriations Committee.

“This funding is welcome news to our constituents in Queen Anne’s County.  These grant dollars from Rural Development to our small towns facing large financial strain will allow them to not only meet their commitments to their constituency, but also will aid in the protection of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem,” said Rep. Harris.

The Town of Sudlersville was awarded $513,000 in federal grant funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, as a part of the Water & Waste Disposal Loans & Grants Program. The Town also received $3.7 million from Maryland Department of the Environment, $602,000 from Queen Anne’s County, a loan of $2.69 million from USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and $1.62 million in RUS grant funding. With the project totaling $9.1 million, funding will upgrade sanitary sewer collection and conveyance in the Towns of Sudlersville and Barclay.   

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.