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June 12, 2013

$3 Million Awarded for Chesapeake Bay Restoration in Anacostia and Little Patuxent Watersheds

by Martha
Anacostia

Anacostia

The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund has awarded two environmental organizations grants totaling $3 million to restore wetlands and streams in the Anacostia and Little Patuxent watersheds in coordination with local, state and federal partners. These projects will help Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties meet Chesapeake Bay restoration goals by decreasing nutrient and sediment pollution.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation received $1 million for several wetland and stream restoration projects at the Sunrise-Navy Dairy Farm in Gambrills within the Little Patuxent watershed. The funding will be used to plant trees along 20 acres of stream to filter polluted runoff, clean and enhance wetlands, and restore nearly 7,000 linear feet of stream to improve wildlife and aquatic habitat.

The Anacostia Watershed Society was awarded $2 million to enhance wetlands and streams, and develop multiple rain gardens in the Anacostia watershed. The grant will fund restorations at William Wirt Middle School and several locations throughout the city of Hyattsville in Prince George’s County. The project will establish stream buffers to help filter polluted runoff from more than 15 acres of impervious surface, reconnect stream floodplains, and enhance wildlife and aquatic habitat.

The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund is one of the region’s most important funding tools targeting water quality and watershed restoration and protection projects to decrease the amount of polluted runoff that enters the Chesapeake Bay. Established in 2007, the Trust Fund allows Maryland to accelerate Bay restoration by focusing limited financial resources on the most effective non-point source pollution control projects. To view other projects funded through this program, check out the Trust Fund Tracker.

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