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Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $ 3.6 Million for Chesapeake Bay Watershed Restoration Projects


October 15, 2021

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) Announced today $ 3,683,392 in federal funding to support habitat restoration, habitat management, planning and implementation of projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed in Maryland. Maryland has received more than a third of the $ 10 million in new investment announced in the six watershed states and the District of Columbia.

“The healthier the Chesapeake Bay, the healthier our communities”, said the legislators. “This funding is an important step in maintaining and revitalizing one of our region’s most precious natural resources. We must continue to work together as a community to reduce pollution and restore habitat in Chesapeake Bay and local waters that support a strong economy and balanced ecosystem. “

Funding comes from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency through the Chesapeake Bay Program Office. These federal resources will be leveraged for local restoration projects, including habitat restoration, improving waterways, cleaning up and restoring polluted rivers, enhancing wildlife, and implementing conservation practices. ‘improvement of water quality in the hydrographic basin. The winners include:

  • $ 1,131,439 for habitat restoration. The winners include:
    • $ 360,124 for Trout Unlimited to protect and restore brook trout habitat in the Savage River watershed by reducing runoff that pollutes and damages waterways, while helping local farmers to improve their productivity.
    • $ 125,173 for the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association to help restore oyster habitats by recruiting volunteers to create oyster habitat structures and manage and monitor oyster habitats in priority areas of shellfish sanctuaries .
    • $ 400,000 for Washington College to establish native herb buffer zones to trap pollutants and pesticides as well as to restore wetlands on the lower east coast of Maryland.
    • $ 246,142 for Ridge to Reefs to monitor and limit nitrate levels in contaminated water to ensure optimal plant and algae growth.
  • $ 2,377,098 for habitat management. The winners include:
    • $ 200,785 for Greater Grace World Outreach to plant 100 community trees to create micro-bioretention zones and a micro-bioretention system. Micro-bioretention zones are landscaping that filter rainwater and improve water quality.
    • $ 302,750 for Future Harvest to improve soil health and water quality through soil management and crop production. This will help 12 farms on the east coast adopt site-specific cover cropping strategies.
    • $ 379,430 to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for “whole farm” technical assistance and financial incentives to hire volunteers to plant trees, create buffer zones and educate local communities on regenerative agriculture.
    • $ 364,586 for the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy to encourage local businesses to plant native trees, create rain gardens or micro-bioretention areas to filter water, improve water quality and increase water quality. ‘involvement in the local community.
    • $ 268,871 for Blue Water Baltimore to improve water quality in Baltimore County on private property by installing projects to reduce pollution in watersheds. This will help Baltimore County meet the goals of its watershed improvement plan and motivate homeowners to plant trees in their backyards and educate residents on spotting pollution in local waterways.
    • $ 167,807 for Defensores de la Cuenca to create workshops for Spanish speakers, educating them on watershed issues with hands-on experience.
    • $ 53,609 for Shorerivers to create volunteer-led tree planting projects in the watersheds of the Sassafras, Chester, Miles-Wye and Choptank rivers. This project will partner with the Tree Stewards program to help train volunteers and conduct outreach activities to encourage others to plant native trees.
    • $ 500,000 for Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to promote best practices to maintain management and improve water quality in the Anacostia watershed. This will be done through a virtual maintenance resource center, inspections, cost-shared maintenance services and a neighborhood volunteer program.
    • $ 59,374 for The Sixth Branch to build “One Green Acre”, a nursery and community hub in the Broadway East neighborhood. This will create a unique tree farm, nursery, community center and workforce development center that will bring native tree production back to Baltimore City.
    • $ 79,886 for Shorerivers to engage three underrepresented communities in the Maryland Choptank watershed to implement restoration projects that will improve water quality, address resource issues such as stormwater flooding and improve private lands and shared spaces.
  • $ 174,855 for planning, research and monitoring. The winners include:
    • $ 49,998 for the Carroll County Government Resource Management Office to develop a comprehensive watershed assessment and prioritization process. He will assess the needs and opportunities for restoration projects to improve water quality in the Little Pipe Creek subwatershed in Carroll County.
    • $ 25,011 for the Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States to design a conservation landscape and rain garden for the Woodend Nature Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Maryland. It will also create a program to train owners and employees of under-represented small landscaping companies in the construction of conservation landscapes and rain gardens.
    • $ 49,935 to Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp to develop an environmental master plan for the Forest Park golf course in Baltimore City by identifying the highest priority stormwater management project.
    • $ 49,911 for American Forests to create an in-depth Tree Equity Score Analyzer (TESA) tool for use in the greater Washington metropolitan area. This will provide a means to assess which communities could benefit significantly from the addition of trees to their landscapes and then focus resources on those communities most in need of tree canopy improvement.

Additional information on grants to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed can be found here.

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