ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County’s Department of Public Works (DPW) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, July 20th to present plans for the construction of a flood mitigation facility (Pond H-4), that is part of the County’s Ellicott City Safe and Sound plan. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and take place in the Columbia/Ellicott City Room of the George Howard Building, located at 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City.

The H4 Pond is an important component of our transformational Ellicott City Safe & Sound plan to manage storm water in the upper parts of the watershed. The construction of this pond, along with the other initiatives and flood mitigation projects, work together to keep water off our streets, save lives, and protect homes and businesses. Moreover, this 15.6-acre-foot retention pond takes nearly 40 potential units out of the development pipeline in the Ellicott City watershed.


Calvin Ball
Howard County Executive

DPW’s Bureau of Environmental Services’ Stormwater Management Division plans to construct the pond on County property located at 8960-9000 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. The objective of the new pond is to help mitigate flooding in Historic Ellicott City by capturing stormwater runoff from the upper parts of the Hudson Branch Watershed and then detaining the stormwater for longer periods to reduce the peak discharge for extreme rainfall events. Construction is expected to begin by August 2023.
This informal meeting will include a brief overview of the project and draft construction plans will be available for viewing. County staff and the project’s design consultant team, Biohabitats/Century Engineering, will be on hand to answer any questions. 

Those unable to attend this meeting who would like to view the plans and/or have questions, should contact Ms. Michele Monde with the DPW’s Stormwater Management Division at 410-313-0844 or email [email protected].

An interpreter for people who are deaf or hard of hearing will be available if requested seven working days prior to the meeting. Please call DPW at 410-313-3440 (voice) or use Relay at 7-1-1, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

This project is one of seven flood mitigation project components of the Ellicott City Safe and Sound. Funding for this project is provided through a combination of County funding and a State of Maryland Comprehensive Flood Management Grant. 
For questions or more information about Capital Project D-1165, contact Lisa Brightwell, Public Works Customer Service, at 410-313-3440 or email [email protected]

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