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The Baltimore City Consent Decree Implementation

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In September 2002, the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works entered into a Consent Decree (DC) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) to address sanitary sewer overflows. Estimated as a 1 billion program, the CD defines multiple remedial measures and initiatives to be undertaken by the City to the completion date in 2016. It also establishes interim milestone deadlines for large-scale measures such as construction projects and comprehensive investigative studies. The responsibility to execute this comprehensive program falls on the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Water and Wastewater, Utility Engineering Section (UES). At the time the CD was signed, the UES was not able to execute this major program, including managing eight Sewershed Consultant Teams (SCT). Faced with the challenge of implementing such a comprehensive program with limited resources, the City of Baltimore decided to hire two engineering consultant firms. One firm to provide program management services, while the other would provide engineering and technical support services.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2008

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