Putting the Resources at the Level Where the Work Gets Done
In recognition that not all jurisdictions currently have the capacity to implement large-scale non-point source restoration and protection efforts, Maryland’s State agencies, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program, University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center, NOAA and the EPA joined together to create the Watershed Assistance Collaborative (Collaborative) in the Fall of 2008. The Collaborative is a partnership that provides services and technical assistance to communities to advance restoration activities and projects. By leveraging resources of existing programs, the Watershed Assistance Collaborative exists to provide coordinated capacity building opportunities to local implementers.
Communities interested in undertaking comprehensive watershed protection and restoration activities are encouraged to take advantage of the services offered through this partnership. The Collaborative offers the tools, resources and outreach needed to work toward large nonpoint source pollution implementation and restoration efforts.
Local communities interested in learning how the Collaborative can connect them to the financial and technical resources they need to undertake comprehensive watershed restoration projects in Maryland, please fill out the Request for Resources & Services Form. For more information, e-mail Brent McCloskey with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410-260-8722.
Planning & Design Grants
Learn about the planning and design assistance available for protection and restoration projects that lead to improved water quality in Maryland.
Find out about the project management and coordination assistance available through the Collaborative for implementation efforts in Maryland.
Stakeholder Development & Financing Strategies
Learn how the Collaborative assists with project implementation, watershed plan development, stakeholder development and financing strategies.
See what the Collaborative has done to ensure local communities get the information and the resources that they need - putting the resources at the level where the work gets done.
Watershed Assistance Collaborative Featured in Chesapeake Quarterly's Chesapeake Bay TMDL Article
The Watershed Assistance Collaborative and the work of the watershed restoration specialists is highlighted in the article “What Will It Take to Limit "Daily Loads?” by Erica Goldman in the September issue of Maryland Sea Grant’s Chesapeake Quarterly magazine. The Baywide Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) will require new levels of detailed planning and implementation to meet nutrient reduction goals. Goldman’s article describes how watershed restoration specialists are helping to explain the Watershed Implementation Planning (WIP) process — “the nitty-gritty work required for developing a roadmap for nutrient management to achieve and maintain stringent load requirements for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment to meet Bay water quality standards”. Click here to read the full article.