The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have announced forty-seven grants totaling nearly $12.7 million in support of efforts to conserve and restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Awarded through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, a partnership between NFWF and the EPA's Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Program and Small Watershed Grants Program, the grants will support efforts to improve waterways, restore habitats, and sustain native species in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. To that end, the funded projects will engage farmers and agricultural producers, homeowners, churches, businesses, and municipalities in on-the-ground restoration efforts that support quality of life in their communities while improving local waterways and the health of the bay.
Grant recipients include the Maryland Department of Agriculture, which was awarded nearly $1 million to engage a hundred and fifty producers in implementing improved conservation tillage, cover crop practices, precision nutrient management, and prescribed grazing practices; the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, which will receive $200,000 to install a hundred and twenty-five rain barrels, thirty rain gardens, and several other projects designed to protect and improve twenty-four acres in Baltimore County; and Trout Unlimited, which was awarded $192,540 in support of its Home Rivers initiative, which works to restore, reconnect, and enhance aquatic habitats for the eastern brook trout.
"To keep the health of the Chesapeake Bay on a positive trajectory requires all of us working together through cost-effective projects that protect shorelines and wetlands, control pollution and restore or sustain local fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitat," said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund enables local governments to design and implement projects that will work best for their communities."
For a complete list of 2019 grants awarded through the fund, see the NFWF website.