MES to Stay at Back River Sewage Plant for Another Four Months

The Board of Estimates has extended to April 30 the presence of Maryland Environmental Service personnel at the Back River Waste Water Treatment Plant, whose surge of pollutants into a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay led to a brief state takeover last March.

Since then, the semi-independent MES has supervised the overhaul of decrepit equipment and poor operating practices that plagued the Dundalk facility, which processes and releases about 140 million gallons of sewage daily into Back River.

The presence of MES at the city-owned facility at first caused turmoil.