BALTIMORE — State and federal environmental officials have submitted a $1.6 billion plan to stop Baltimore’s sewage from leaking into waterways when it rains.

The Baltimore Sun reports the plan filed Wednesday in Baltimore federal court lays out 13 years of work needed to prevent millions of gallons of sewage from washing into the Patapsco and Back rivers.

Under the plan, major projects to stop the leaks would have to be completed by January 2021. Other work would continue until December 2030.

The court must sign off on the plan for it to be adopted. It was submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Information from: The Baltimore Sun,

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