A quarter billion dollars is serious money, and it’s being spent on a serious problem. It’s being poured into Baltimore’s Back River Sewage Treatment Plant to slow the flow of nutrient pollution choking the bay.
The Army is investigating a spike in phosphorus levels in treated wastewater from Fort Detrick in Frederick.
Maryland has already reduced the amount of phosphorus allowed in domestic dishwashing detergent to reduce pollution. This year, lawmakers in Annapolis are working to reduce it in commercial dishwashing soap.