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Delmarva Receives Grants for Restoring the Bay

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CHESAPEAKE BAY REGION - Parts of Delmarva are among the recipients of $9.8 million in grants the Chesapeake Bay Program and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) are distributing for restoration, conservation and environment outreach initiatives across the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Forty-five projects received a share of the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, about 60 percent of which is financed by the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Program, while the remainder is financed by the Small Watershed Grants Program.

“Through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, NFWF and our partners, especially the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, continue to invest in efforts across the Chesapeake Bay watershed to accelerate the achievement of ambitious state and local water quality improvement goals and strengthen local communities in the region,” said David O'Neill, the vice president for conservation programs at NFWF.

In Delaware, the Sussex Conservation District has been awarded $128,024 through the Small Watershed Grants Program to increase awareness of new requirements and regulations, identify potential green infrastructure projects and explore and facilitate implementation of innovative conservation concepts and incentives for businesses. Project outcomes include increased capacity of the municipalities to identify and implement green infrastructure projects.

In Maryland, the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy and the Oyster Recovery Partnership will each receive $300,000 through the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Program. The Conservancy will use the money to design, implement, and test the efficacy of innovative nutrient and sediment reduction practices on key agricultural properties in the Choptank and Wye River watersheds. The Partnership will repopulate at least 20 acres of oyster reefs with 100 million oysters in the Little Choptank River, restoring a keystone species that will enhance vital Bay habitat and improve water quality within the Choptank River Basin.

Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland supports all efforts to improve the quality of the Bay.

“Pollution does not stop at a state borderline,” he says. “The populations living and working in the Bay watershed are all in this together. No one source or single sector bears all the blame for degraded water quality in the Bay. But if we all work together and do our part, we will see progress and leave our children a Chesapeake Bay that is healthier than it is today.”

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