LARGO, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 14, 2022–
Corvias exceeded local and targeted disadvantaged contractor development utilization targets under its Clean Water Partnership with Prince George’s County to meet US Environmental Protection Agency requirements Clean Water Environment (EPA) to treat stormwater and reduce pollutants entering the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
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Corvias has supported over 250 green infrastructure projects in over 50 local municipalities across the country. (Photo: BusinessWire)
The first quarter 2022 reports reflect the current performance of:
- Over 4,000 impermeable acres treated to manage runoff that could otherwise pollute streams, wetlands, lakes and the Chesapeake Bay.
- $175 million in subcontracts to skilled, disadvantaged local minority-owned businesses.
“Our community model is based on training and working with small local and minority-owned businesses, enabling them to participate in projects that provide benefits to the environment, the community and also to their business as an opportunity long-term sustainability,” said Shawn Kerachsky, general manager of infrastructure solutions for Corvias.
The Partnership exceeds project targets for engagement, including achieving:
- 79% participation in small businesses owned by women and minorities, exceeding the target of 40%
- 76% participation of local businesses, exceeding a target of 50%
- 63% resident participation, exceeding a target of 51%
“The Clean Water Partnership is committed to removing barriers that might otherwise prevent disadvantaged local small businesses from participating,” Kerachsky added. “We are working together to provide training, internships and other growth opportunities so that our contractors have the ability to succeed on this project and, most importantly, foster competitive and sustainable businesses.”
“To date, Corvias has supported more than 250 green infrastructure projects in more than 50 local municipalities nationwide,” Kerachsky said. “This includes more than $200 million in low-cost government funding for our local government partners and approximately $20 million in grants for these essential, ongoing community infrastructure improvements.”
According to an April 5, 2022 memorandum (1) from the EPA’s Office of Water, 58% of the nation’s rivers and streams and 45% of domestic lakes have excessive phosphorus levels. The agency also estimates that about two-thirds of the country’s coastal zone and more than a third of the country’s estuaries are impaired by these nutrients, which in excess can contribute to harmful algal blooms, areas with low oxygen content called “dead zones,” and high levels of nitrates that contaminate waters used for recreation, drinking water, wildlife, pets and livestock, and aquatic life, while harming the local economy in many communities.
Just Completed: Briers Mill Run Stream and Bridge Project
Located in New Carrollton, Maryland, the 170 linear foot Briers Mill Stream and Bridge project was completed in May 2022 as part of the Clean Water Partnership. The creek, which empties into the Anacostia River, has been completely restored with native plantings to prevent erosion and cope with future extreme weather events.
Site work also included the revitalization of major walkways and the construction of an ADA-compliant pedestrian bridge, with approximately 95% of the project completed by local small businesses. In addition, more than 75% of the work was done by residents of Prince George’s County.
As a privately held company headquartered in East Greenwich, RI, Corvias partners with higher education and government institutions nationwide to solve their most critical systemic issues and create long-term sustainable value. through our unique partnership approach. Corvias pursues the types of partnerships that materially and sustainably improve the quality of life of the people who inhabit our communities, deliberately choosing to partner with organizations that share our values and whose mission is to serve as the foundations or pillars of our nation. . To find out more, visit: https://www.corvias.com/.
The Clean Water Partnership
The Prince George and Corvias County Community Public-Private Partnership (CBP3), also known as the Clean Water Partnership (CWP), is an agreement between the county government and the private sector to upgrade more than 4,000 acres impermeable surfaces using green stormwater infrastructure. This community-driven program aims to improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay, while simultaneously focusing on the needs of Prince George’s County residents and local businesses. The CWP has received national recognition from the White House and the EPA, as well as the National Resource Defense Council as a successful and innovative approach to better infrastructure.
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