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October 22, 2013

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Maryland Seeks Proposals for Local Bay Restoration Projects

by Martha
Pavement removed at Rockfish Restaurant in Annapolis for new stormwater management system

Pavement removed at Rockfish Restaurant in Annapolis for new stormwater management system

At least $10 million targeted for urban restoration projects

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking proposals from local governments and non-governmental organizations that will help reduce stormwater runoff in areas heavily impacted by prior development. The State will award at least $10 million for urban restoration efforts that will have the greatest impact in reducing sediment and nutrient pollution.

“Stormwater pollution is one of the greatest obstacles in our fight to restore the health of our streams, rivers, and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “We are calling on our local communities, governments and environmental organizations to identify innovative projects and cost-effective approaches that will enable us to meet this challenge and reach our Bay restoration goals.”

Applicants must submit Intent to Apply letters by November 15, 2013 and full proposals by January 31, 2013. Selected proposals will be announced by March 1, 2014. For more information and to apply, visit dnr.maryland.gov/trustfund/capitalgrants.asp.

Funding for these grants is made available through the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. Administered by DNR, the Fund is accelerating Bay restoration by focusing the State’s limited financial resources on the most effective non-point source pollution control projects. Since its inception in 2007, the Trust has provided more than $126 million for nonpoint source pollution projects across Maryland, preventing an estimated 4.6 million pounds of nitrogen from entering Maryland waterways.

Examples of projects that have benefited from Trust funding include the New Broadway East Community Park in Baltimore, the Church Creek Headwaters Project in Annapolis, and Bread and Cheese Creek Stream Restoration in Dundalk. Restoration efforts include removal of asphalt and concrete, stormwater treatment and reduction practices, low impact development, stream bank stabilization, wetland revitalization and much more. Learn more about projects funded through this program at Trust Fund Tracker.

 

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    1. Oct 30 2013

      How much storm water does 20 acres of mature forest canopy cover capture?
      By preserving the Capital Crescent Trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring as a park and preventing the deforestation for the Purple Line, a ZERO cost option will maintain the Coquelin Run and Rock Creek Watershed’s contributions to saving the Bay.
      Please let your elected officials know you want an innovative and cost effective alternative to the Purple Line on the Capital Crescent Trail for the Bay’s sake!

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    2. Nov 2 2013

      This program sounds wonderful. Yet, it is not available to all parts of Maryland. Why do we in the western part of the state pay taxes for restoration programs but are not eligible for these programs in the Youghiogheny River/ Deep Creek Lake watershed. It is not fair.

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