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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

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.

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