ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s Board of Public Works has approved more than $97 million in grants and loans to upgrade the Cox Creek Water Reclamation facility in Anne Arundel County.

Some $72 million in funding from the Bay Restoration Fund is financed by the so-called flush tax. Another $24 million will come in the form of a water quality revolving loan from the state.

The plant, the county’s largest, handles 15 million gallons of wastewater a day.

The Capital of Annapolis reports that upgrades are expected to reduce the plant’s nitrogen discharges by 62 percent, reducing pollutants discharged into Cox Creek and the Chesapeake Bay.

The board approved the funding on Thursday.

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