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Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement Open for Public Comment

Photo by Ink Byers

The draft of the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement has been released for public comment. The draft Agreement outlines a new plan for collaboration across the Bay’s political boundaries and clarifies the Bay Program’s vision and values. It establishes a series of interrelated goals and outcomes that will achieve results to protect and restore the Bay, its tributaries and the lands that surround them, as well as the health of the more than 17 million people who live here. Read more »


Perdue Farms Contributes $50,000 to Marylanders Grow Oysters Program

Mayor of Annapolis Josh Cohen, EcoMedia President Paul Polizzotto, Jim Perdue, DNR Secretary Joe Gill, MDA  Secretary Buddy Hance

Mayor of Annapolis Josh Cohen, EcoMedia President Paul Polizzotto, Jim Perdue, DNR Secretary Joe Gill, MDA Secretary Buddy Hance

Innovative partnership with EcoMedia helps Maryland agricultural business connect with stewardship program

Today, Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue presented $50,000 to the Marylanders Grow Oysters Program. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill and Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance accepted the contribution which will help fund citizen stewardship oyster projects throughout the State. Perdue was able to make this donation through an innovative partnership with CBS EcoMedia. Read more »


Rural Legacy Program Preserves Land in Harford County

scenic farmThe State has added 176 acres to its permanently protected rural landscape and eliminated 15 developmental rights in Harford County. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works today approved funding to preserve the land locate in the Deer Creek Rural Legacy Area. Read more »


Grants Available for Water Quality Improvement Plans and Designs

Application deadline August 30

Workers looking over watershed improvement plansThe Watershed Assistance Collaborative, a partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and the University of Maryland is providing funding and on the ground assistance to Maryland communities seeking to carry out projects to improve their local waterways. Read more »


State, County Partner on Deep Creek Lake Watershed Management Plan

Photo of Deep Creek Lake

Agreement announced at annual State of the Lake presentation

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Garrett County have partnered to develop a comprehensive watershed management plan for Deep Creek Lake.  DNR Secretary Joe Gill announced the agreement in concept – through which guidelines to protect the popular area will be established – at the third annual State of the Lake presentation at Garrett College. The draft agreement will be available for public comment until August 13.  Read more »


Bus Tour Showcases Chester River Restoration Projects

The Chester River .

The Chester River

The Middle Chester Partnership hosted a bus tour out of  Washington College today showcasing restoration work completed on the Chester River through a grant from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. The day-long event gave State and county representatives, citizens and neighboring watershed groups a firsthand look at projects carried out using the latest technology, government programs, and innovative partnerships with landowners, homeowners and local governments. Read more »


Montgomery County Receives $19.8 Million for Stormwater Projects

Projects like this rain garden collect stormwater and filter pollution.

Stormwater projects like this rain garden collect and filter polluted runoff.

The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund has awarded the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection a $19.8 million grant to construct and carry out stormwater management projects in the Anacostia River and Rock Creek watersheds, in coordination with other local, State and federal partners. Read more »


Stream Restoration Challenge to Award More Grants

Open to local governments, schools and NGOs

Trail Skirting Tolliver Falls by Janice Browne

The Stream Restoration Challenge is once again accepting applications from local governments, school systems, and non-governmental organizations looking to carry out projects to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality and create service learning and environmental literacy activities for students. Through this program, the State and its partners will award the top proposals grants totaling up to $6 million to establish 1,000 acres of forested stream buffers by 2015. Read more »


Town of Berlin Approves Groundbreaking Stormwater Utility

Photo by Timothy Shelton

Photo by Timothy Shelton

The town of Berlin passed historic legislation on January 28 that will help reduce flooding and clean up area rivers and streams. The new ordinance will create a stormwater utility for Berlin, dividing the cost of managing stormwater among the town’s property owners and helping the town leverage federal and State grants for additional, related enhancements. Read more »


MET Protects 1,288 acres in 2012

Stanley Easement in Talbot County

Stanley Easement in Talbot County

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) worked with 10 landowners last year to protect 1,288 acres of scenic open space, forests and farmland in seven counties across the State. Most of these easements were donated and are held by MET together with a local or regional land trust and will protect the natural, historic and scenic resources on these lands for generations to come.

The total acreage preserved through perpetual conservation easements by county in 2012 was ─ 347 acres in Anne Arundel, 97 acres in Baltimore, 9.6 acres is Dorchester, 143 acres in Frederick, 225 acres in Wicomico, 270 acres in Queen Anne’s, and 196 acres in Talbot. Read more »