Restoring a Local Pond for Recreational Use

Berlin, Maryland

Featured image for the project, Restoring a Local Pond for Recreational Use


The Challenge

The Town of Berlin, MD has purchased approximately 60 acres of private property located at 9943 Old Ocean City Boulevard.  The property was previously owned by Tyson Chicken, Inc. and contains a chicken processing plant which has not been in use for over 10 years.  The Town intends to redevelop the land with recreational uses in mind.

Berlin completed a Phase 1 and Phase 2 environmental study on the property as part of its due diligence, posted on the town’s websiteE.coli was found in the ponds, with the possibility of other contaminants.  Therefore, the Town is interested in remediating the ponds and designing them in a way that minimizes the presence of E.coli. The expectation is that this remediation and design would reduce health risk and maintenance costs.

About the Community

The Town of Berlin is a community of 4,500 people located on Maryland’s eastern shore.  The Town operates under a Strong Mayor form of government.  Berlin provides the following services to the community’s residents: police, public works, parks, water, wastewater, stormwater, electricity, economic development, planning, code enforcement, engineering (under contract), and general administration.


TEX Partner, ICMA, highlights science impact in three ICMA communities

In their May 2017 of PM Magazine, TEX partner, the International City and County Management Association (ICMA), highlighted stories from three ICMA communities collaborating with TEX scientists. Bob Hart, formerly of Kennedale, TX (now with Corinth, TX), Laura Allen (Berlin, MD), and Becky Merrow (Colebrook, NH) describe how their scientific partners are helping their towns address critical community priorities. Click here to read the full article.

Remediation of Berlin Falls to start Monday

Berlin, MD at AGU Fall Meeting

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Project Team

The Community Leads

Laura Allen is the Town Administrator for Berlin, Maryland which was recently voted America’s Coolest Small Town. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in Public Administration along with over 18 years of experience working in the public sector. Ms. Allen is a graduate of the International City/County Management Association’s Leadership Program (LICMA) and the Senior Executive Institute (SEI) at the University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business.

Jane Kreiter serves as Berlin’s Water Resources and Public Works Director. She has over 24 years of experience in her field and holds a B.S. in Biophysical Environmental Studies from Northland College. She feels that, her position and the responsibilities of her department represent the ultimate in environmental stewardship.



The Scientific Liaison

Dr. Ellen Silbergeld is a professor of environmental health science at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research centers around environmental issues related to the poultry industry in Delmarva.




Collaborating Organization(s)

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Thriving Earth Exchange works with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) to identify areas where Earth and space science expertise can support ICMA member cities from around the world.


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“How one small city is using science to change its world” -Laura Allen, 13 December 2016, oral presentation at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA Download