Mayor Catherine Pugh and other city officials recently approved a plan to prevent sewage from running into the city waterways. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Maryland Department of the Environment filed the document in Baltimore federal court.
The $1.6 million plan outlines 13 years worth of work that is required to stop millions of gallons of sewage from leaking into the Patapsco and Back rivers when it rains, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Under the new plan, projects to prevent the leaks must be completed by January 2021, with other work continuing until December 2030.
The Baltimore Sun reported that sewage backups have cost residents thousands of dollars.
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