UPDATE: Councilman Marks stands ready to drop his opposition to the proposal – click here for details.
Original story below…
JOPPA, MD – At its meeting on July 1st, Baltimore County Councilmembers David Marks and Cathy Bevins will introduce a resolution opposing the request by Mountain Christian Church for treated wastewater discharge near the Little Gunpowder Falls.
In the event the state approves the permit, the Baltimore County Council will seek a strong Enhanced Nutrient Removal Process. The Harford County Council declined to endorse that requirement.
“As the resolution makes clear, Baltimore County has never been consulted up to this point,” said Councilman Marks. “To the best of my knowledge, Mountain Christian Church never reached out to me or to any other major stakeholders in the Kingsville area. I have absolutely no hesitation in asking the Baltimore County Council to formally oppose this request or to at least seek stronger environmental requirements, which Harford County failed to do.”
The proposal in question calls for a new wastewater treatment facility to be built at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa. Up to 5,000 gallons of treated wastewater would then be pumped into an unnamed tributary that feeds into Little Gunpowder Falls neat the Jericho Road covered bridge in Kingsville.
The proposal has been met with intense blowback and Mountain Christian Church issued a statement regarding the matter over the weekend.
A copy of the resolution drafted by Councilman Marks and Councilwoman Bevins can be viewed below.