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Governor Hogan Announces Pollution Reduction Grant Recipients

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Fourteen projects will receive grants from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, Gov. Larry Hogan announced today. Selected by the Bay Cabinet and administered by the Department of Natural Resources, these projects are the most cost-effective and efficient initiatives to address polluted runoff and sediment in targeted areas of the state.

“The trust fund is a unique program that channels resources to projects in each region that will result in a cleaner Chesapeake Bay for the citizens of Maryland,” said Gov. Hogan. “These projects will not only improve water quality, but also create and maintain jobs while responsibly using public funds.”

The trust fund identifies each region’s most serious pollution sources that threaten the bay, and directs funds to projects that will result in the greatest reduction for the investment. Rather than dictating practices to be implemented, the trust fund encourages applicants to find fresh approaches to problems.

“Efficiency must be the continued focus of the trust fund decision-making,” said Dan Nees of the University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center. “The focus on paying for the success of a project, rather than the activity, through a competitive process establishes a direct link between the goal of a restored bay and the investment of public dollars.”

The state received nearly $50 million in requests for the $9.8 million available in fiscal year 2016. Determined by an inter-agency review panel, the Scientific Advisory Panel and the Bay Cabinet, the winning proposals showed the greatest potential to provide long-term nutrient and sediment reduction in targeted areas of the state and were positioned to begin work upon grant acceptance.

Projects in Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Talbot counties and Baltimore City, will all receive funding. Work includes innovative stormwater management and agricultural best management practices; enhancing the urban tree canopy; stream and wetland restoration; among others. The next call for proposals is tentatively scheduled for fall 2015. To view the full list of grant recipients, click here.

The trust fund’s recently released Annual Work and Expenditure Plan breaks down planned spending for fiscal year 2016, with $9.8 million to support 14 cost-effective non-point source pollution reduction projects − $11.25 million to fund placement of agriculture cover crops, and the remaining to supporting, technical assistance for nutrient and sediment reduction, technology research and development, and other non-point source pollution-reduction projects.

With $296 million invested from fiscal years 2009-2016, the trust fund has supported more than 1,660 projects, including the planting of 780 acres of riparian forest, as well as the restoration of 300 acres of wetlands and 188,500 linear feet of stream. All of the awarded projects make progress towards reducing the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, which supports the goals of the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.

Guided by the bay agencies and the Scientific Advisory Panel, the trust fund continually adapts to incorporate new scientific advances and knowledge. To learn more, visit dnr.maryland.gov/trustfund.


  • Eugene Mazzilli

    Just a thought for everyone….Why, after twenty five or thirty years of trying to “Clean up the Bay” we are still in the same position today, meaning the low grading of the bay, as we were back then. Why, after all of the millions of dollars spent from Trusts and Foundations, State Taxations and fundraisers are we still in the same or worse place ??? Let me tell you some of my observations…. Please write to your lawmakers……
    1. The sewage treatment plants in Maryland , Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and Washington D.C. are totally inadequate to meet the demands of the continued growth of the region. The sewage treatment plants are old and in the case of some of the supposedly newer sewage treatment plants, are totally inadequate. Satellite images show plumes of brown water entering into the bay from such sources as the Susquehanna, the Potomac, Patuxent, the Patapsco, the Chester river, the Nanticoke, and the Choptank, including all around Baltimore county especially Back River, Middle river, and areas around Ann Arundel county such as the Severn and the South river.
    2. All surrounding States must upgrade their sewage treatment plants now, and the Federal Government must get involved more-so to oversee the upgrades and improvements.
    3. The Susquehanna River has been dubbed “the largest sewage system in the northeast” with sewage discharged from every city and town up and down the river from Pennsylvania, and New York. It is about time all States are mandated to correct their sewage systems so that we here in Maryland are NOT the recipient of other States waste water.
    So, just maybe we should stop all these ongoing studies of the Bay and start doing what really needs to be done and make the changes that really need to be made that will have the most impact on cleaning up our beautiful Bay. I have lived in Maryland for forty two years and for forty two years, it has been the same story, and the same old line. Maybe with our new Governor Hogan, who is a “no nonsense” person, we will finally get some measurable improvements and results. Thank you.

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