Maryland Seeks Proposals for Local Bay Restoration Projects
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.