To the Sassafras River Association project being completed behind the U.S. Route 301 weigh station in Warwick. The $880,000 grant-funded, two-phase project aims to capture and reduce runoff from U.S. 301 while also reconfiguring the path of two streams in order to reduce the drastic erosion occurring there. The project was the association’s No. 1 priority since developing its Watershed Action Plan more than five years ago, officials said. The group had to put in years of research to design the solution to the waterway’s problems, even measuring velocity and output during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. What officials found was that hairpin turns were resulting in drastic erosion, especially during storms, and by reorienting the water they could relax the damage. In total, about 1,600 feet of stream, which handles drainage from about 454 acres, will be rehabilitated and restored. The project is estimated to annually prevent 100 tons of sediment, 35 pounds of nitrogen and 465 pounds of phosphorus from entering the Sassafras River. Projects of this scale will go a long way toward helping improve the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay and its contributing waterways. Kudos to the SRA.
To the news that in a little more than two months, Cecil County cancer patients will be able to get oncology radiology plans and treatments using the latest technology without traveling out of the county. The University of Maryland Radiology Oncology Center at Union Hospital of Cecil County, an approximately $9 million project, is expected to open Nov. 1 at 152 Railroad Ave. The building was previously occupied by the former Adult Day Care Center, which has been relocated to a newly renovated space in the former Walgreen’s building at Redner’s Shopping Center on Route 213, south of town. The new center means that all types of radiation treatment will be available at Union Hospital for the first time, and local cancer patients can receive treatment closer to home. Anything we can do to alleviate their pain is a step in the right direction.