The Chesapeake Bay Trust in Annapolis, Maryland, has announced thirteen grants totaling more than $1 million in support of stormwater restoration efforts in Prince George's County.
Established in 2014, the Stormwater Stewardship Grant Program supports restoration activities that reduce nutrient and sediment pollution as well as community outreach efforts that engage neighborhoods, faith-based organizations, nonprofits, and local residents in the restoration and protection of rivers, streams, parks, and other natural resources in the county. Grant recipients include the Town of Landover Hills, which was awarded $126,578 to install rain gardens, a bio-retention swale, and permeable pavers in a community park; the Anacostia Watershed Society, which will receive $48,000 to educate residents about watershed protection issues and empower them to design and implement projects that prevent stormwater runoff; the Empowerment Institute, which was awarded $152,145 to remove twenty thousand square feet of asphalt and replace it with native plants to help filter and store rainwater; and the Alice Ferguson Foundation, which will receive $188,972 for a rooftop rainwater collection system and cistern, rain garden, and bio-swale, as well as educational programming for students, teachers, and residents of the county.
"These stormwater practices truly accomplish two goals: improving water quality and improving our communities. It's a classic win-win," said CBT executive director Jana Davis. "This new partnership with Prince George's County allows nonprofit organizations...to play a much-desired larger role in the community effort to restore our collective green spaces and waterways."