Chesapeake Bay Trust Launches RFP for Restoration Research

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit grantmaking organization dedicated to improving the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through education, community outreach, and local watershed restoration. Since its inception in 1985, the trust has awarded $55 million in grants and engaged hundreds of thousands of citizen stewards in projects that have a measurable impact on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

To that end, the trust and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources have announced a Request for Proposals for its Restoration Research award program. The goal of the program is to answer several key restoration questions. Funding partners hope that the answers to these questions ultimately lead to increased confidence in proposed restoration project outcomes, clarification of the optimal site conditions in which to apply particular restoration techniques, information useful to regulatory agencies in project permitting, and information that can help guide monitoring programs.

The nine questions are: 1) What are the cumulative effects of watershed restoration activities within a watershed?; 2) What is the effectiveness of stormwater management practices on stream channel protection?; 3) What degree of representative sampling is required to determine levels of pollutant discharge at a county scale?; 4) What is the impact on nutrient and sediment loads and/or habitat and biological factors of different stream restoration approaches that aim for different function or that use different techniques, keeping site conditions constant?; 5) Do different design approaches result in a net ecological benefit considering all resources potentially impacted relative to pre-project conditions?; 6) What is the impact of site condition and/or watershed position on the nutrient, sediment, habitat, and/or biological impacts of stream restoration approaches that aim for different function or that use different techniques?; 7) What stream restoration techniques are associated with increases in iron concentration in the surface water or sediment and how long do any increases persist?; 8) How well can various modelling approaches predict the structural "success" or "failure" for the various stream restoration techniques and structures?; and 9) What are the flow conditions under which different in-stream channel structures or approaches function and remain stable?

Grants of up to $50,000 for literature reviews and up to $200,000 for research efforts will be awarded to organizations looking to answer one or more of these questions. While encouraged, matching funds are not required.

Both not-for-profit entities (academic institutions, nonprofit organizations) and for-profit entities are eligible to apply.

See the CBT website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.