A photo of a body of water just off Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield Maryland
Projects in perspective

Smith Island Clean Water Project

Somerset County | Regional Infrastructure

Construction of a new Biological Nutrient Removal/Enhanced Nutrient Removal (BNR/ENR) wastewater treatment plant in Ewell and an upgrade to the wastewater collection and conveyance system. Includes decommissioning the existing Tylerton Wastewater Treatment Plant, an overhaul of three pumping stations, and the construction of a new main to convey wastewater from Tylerton to the new plant.

Smith Island Clean Water Google Map


Smith Island has deep cultural and historical roots associated with the regional self-identity of the Lower Eastern Shore. As the last remaining off-shore inhabited island in Maryland, it is also a highly visible test case for the engineering challenges associated with building and maintaining public infrastructure in extreme low lying coastal areas. Erosion and extreme weather events increasingly threaten the tourism and commercial fishing assets of the Island’s three communities of Tylerton, Ewell and Rhodes Point. The project would bring about the following:


Subaqueous force main February 2022, pump stations June 2022, Ewell WWTP August 2023, post-construction last quarter 2023.