ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Following devastating floods in 2011, 2016 and 2018, County Executive Calvin Ball’s Administration adopted Ellicott City Safe and Sound, a bold, comprehensive flood mitigation plan to preserve and protect historic Ellicott City. EC Safe and Sound, unveiled in December 2018, just 24 days after taking office, calls for five major stormwater retention and two stormwater conveyance projects. 

On or about Thursday, May 23rd, Howard County will begin construction of its third such stormwater retention pond under the EC Safe and Sound Plan. The H-4 pond will be located along the north side of Frederick Road just west of Route 29. A ceremonial groundbreaking event will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2024, to celebrate the initiation of this project. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by late September 2025. The H-4 pond will have the capacity to retain roughly 5 million gallons of stormwater, which would otherwise flow directly into the Tiber-Hudson River and down to Main Street.

In October of 2022, Howard County completed construction of the H-7 pond located at the interchange of Routes 29 and 40; followed by the Quaker Mill Pond at the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Patapsco River Road in February of 2023. Together, these two facilities have the capacity to collect and control the release of 7.5 million gallons of water during a storm. 

As part of the design for the H-4 pond, a portion of the site will be excavated to provide the required water storage and a concrete weir structure will be constructed to control the release of water from the pond. The remainder of the site will remain wooded. The project will also include the replacement of an existing 60-inch corrugated metal pipe downstream of the facility and a plunge pool at the pipe outfall to provide for erosion protection.

The total cost of the project is roughly $3.96 million and is supported by is financed by $2.64 million in State of Maryland Comprehensive Flood Management Grant funds and a 25% County match of $1.32 million.

Residents and motorists are reminded to use caution while driving or walking in this area of Frederick Road for their safety and the safety of the construction team.

For questions or concerns about Capital Project C-0337, contact Public Works Customer Service at 410-313-3440 or email publicworks@howardcountymd.gov.

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Safa Hira, Director of Communications
Kedrick McIntye, Chief of Engagement and Communications

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