Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - February 2010

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Volume 2, Issue 3

February 2010

is a service from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Chesapeake & Coastal Program that delivers timely information, tools and resources to those who live, work and play in Maryland's coastal zone.
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CCP SPOTLIGHT: Smart Slope is NEWEST recipient of Maryland's Innovative Technology Fund

CCP Spotlight is a feature of the In the Zone e-mail service that highlights programs that have been developed by the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or through partnership and support from federal, state and local partners helping to advance coastal management in Maryland.

smart slope3Smart Slope, LLC is the newest recipient of Maryland's Innovative Technology Seed Capital Fund.  Smart Slope produces and sells concrete retaining wall modules designed to be planted creating fully landscaped walls.

The modules are made with post-consumer recycled materials that use 50 percent less concrete than traditional retaining walls, helping to reduce heat island effects and stormwater runoff.  Erosion control and nutrient absorption are also increased, and Smart Slope's local production can contribute to LEED points being earned on projects.  Their key innovation is the ability to create the concrete modules locally and cost-effectively, eliminating the need to transport the heavy components long distances. 

On inland sites, the vegetation in Smart Slope retaining walls provides a better environmental alternative than traditional hardened non-vegetated walls while performing the required structural functions. 

The Innovative Technology Fund is established with the goal of accelerating Bay restoration through the improvement of water quality in new and innovative ways.  In a September 2007 report to the Maryland DNR, the Environmental Finance Center at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education (
EFC) suggested that the "Bay states should develop venture capital programs that foster innovative and cutting edge technologies..." as a way of financing Bay restoration and ensuring that the States are always on the cusp of the most cost-effective and efficient best management practices (BMPs).  The State addressed both of EFC's recommendations for investment by partnering with two of the University of Maryland
's well established programs:  
- Research and Development, Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) addresses the need for additional research and development, and 
- MTech Ventures Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Program (MTech) supports fledgling companies in industry and technology related to Bay restoration and protection. 

If you are a business or researcher interested in applying for assistance, or if you have questions about the Innovative Technology Fund, please e-mail Sarah Lane with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program.  To learn more about Smart Slope, visit

"CCP Grants Online" Is Now Accepting Proposals 

CCPGOLCCP Grants Online is the new online grants management service offered by the Chesapeake & Coastal Program. The service was developed to enable CCP staff, funding applicants and project managers to better manage their grant processing and reporting. This service will allow us to move from a system that has been largely paper-based to one that is primarily web-based, streamlined and customized to meet our program's needs for data storage, organization and reporting. Most importantly, this service will be efficient and easy to use not only for our program staff, but also for the users requesting and managing projects and funds through this online program. Automation of the steps involved in this grant process will be the biggest advantage to this service. Once all phases are up and running, CCP Grants Online will allow for complete management of your project from submission of your initial project proposal to final project reporting.

If you would like to be considered for funding, but do not think your project matches up with one of our open RFPs, please create a profile and indicate that you would like to submit a Letter of Intent. CCP staff will use your Letter of Intent to match you with the appropriate funding source if available, or will try to recommend other resources that may be available.

Click here to access CCP Grants Online and begin setting up a profile. If you have any questions, you can contact the Chesapeake & Coastal Program at 410.260.8732 for assistance.


Deadline to Submit Proposals Through "CCP Grants Online" is March 19, 2010

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Through Maryland's Coast-Smart Communities Initiative, the Chesapeake & Coastal Program is helping local communities identify and implement strategies to protect life and property vulnerable to coastal hazards and climate change.  From hands-on training and planning tools to financial resources, the Chesapeake & Coastal Program is ensuring that local communities have the tools that they need to identify and take the necessary actions to become ready, adaptive and resilient to the impacts of climate change.  Through Coastal Communities grants, in partnership with the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Chesapeake & Coastal Program is offering competitive grants to local communities of up to $75,000 for coastal hazards and sea-level rise response planning.  Funding has been used to assist local communities invest in computer models, to implement land use plans and to establish development codes and ordinances.  The State will accept proposals through March 19, 2010.


Funding will be provided on an annual basis, however successful partnerships may receive continued support for up to three years in order to achieve the project's outcomes and result in a program change.  In addition to supporting local communities reduce their vulnerability to sea level rise and/or climate change, funds will be available to assist local communities address nonpoint source pollution impacts or to develop mechanisms to preserve and restore natural or cultural resources.


Click here to download the request for proposals.


To respond to the RFP you will need to visit CCP's new online grants management service, CCP Grants Online, to create a profile and begin entering your proposal.

Communities interested in applying for assistance, or with questions about the Coastal Communities grants or RFP, should e-mail Chris Cortina with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410.260.8774.

Watershed Assistance Grant Program ACCEPTING Applications


chester quoteLocal governments, communities and non-governmental organizations are invited to apply for the next round of watershed assistance grants for watershed planning and design. The next application deadline for these grants is April 2, 2010. The Watershed Assistance Grant Program is a partnership between the State, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the US EPA and NOAA.


Qualifying projects will support the State's goal to restore water quality in our rivers and Bays and help meet the Maryland's two year milestones. Governor O'Malley announced a suite of ambitious 2-year milestones in May to accelerate Maryland's on-the-ground efforts to reach its current nutrient reduction goals by a newly established end date of 2020. The Governor made the announcement at the 26th meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council, the multi-jurisdictional partnership that coordinates regional Bay restoration programming.


The Watershed Assistance Grant Program is a major component of the Watershed Assistance Collaborative, a partnership that advances and promotes readiness of communities to apply for restoration and protection grants from State, federal and/or private agencies.


To date, the program has provided more than $300,000 for watershed planning and design grants.

Click here to view the full press release.  For more information e-mail Carrie Decker with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call her at 410.260.8723.


March 19 in College Park, March 23 in Queenstown

patuxentThe Watershed Assistance Collaborative will hold two workshops in March for all interested applicants to the State of Maryland's Trust Fund.  The workshops will cover specific information about what will be in the new Trust Fund RFP, what has changed from the first round, what a great proposal should include and an overview of technical resources available.

The workshops will be held on March 19 at the 4-H Center in College Park, and on March 23 at the Wye Research Center in Queenstown.  Both workshops start at 10 a.m. and run to 12 p.m.  Registration will be open by March 3 and a Webinar registration will be available for those who can not attend in person.


For more information, please e-mail Jennifer Dindinger with UMD Extension or call her at 410.827.8056, x126.


"2010, From Voluntary to Regulatory ...Using the Bay TMDL to Make a Difference"

The 14th Annual Meeting of Maryland's Tributary Teams will be held on March 6, 2010 at the Maryland Department of the Environment Montgomery Park Building in Baltimore, MD.


This year's Annual Meeting will focus on the Bay wide TMDL currently in development, with presentations covering the TMDL process and content, the Watershed Implementation Plans, Modeling and Monitoring and Financing and Funding.  Interactive sessions will include the local implementation plans, local funding opportunities, trading, stormwater and more.


Click here to register. Display/exhibitor spaces are available. Please e-mail Claudia Donegan for more information.

COURSE OFFERING: Planning for Climate Change Using a Green Infrastructure Approach: Coastal Communities in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed


Planning for Climate Change Using a Green Infrastructure Approach is a course being offered by the Conservation Leadership Network, a partnership with NOAA, DNR, Northern Virginia Regional Commission and The Conservation Fund. The course will be held April 26-28, 2010 at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, WV. Using coastal communities in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed as examples, participants will have the opportunity to plan for potential climate change impacts (storm surge/sea level rise, changes in precipitation and temperature) using a green infrastructure approach as a guide for developing effective adaptation and mitigation strategies. Through hands-on class projects using data layers for two coastal communities and lectures from cutting edge experts and on-the-ground practitioners, participants will learn and experience first-hand how Green Infrastructure can facilitate climate change planning.

This is a pilot offering and seats are limited! 

The course will focus on coastal communities in the Chesapeake Bay, therefore, preference will be given to those professionals living in and/or focusing their work on the Bay watershed.

Click here to register. The registration deadline is April 1, 2010.

Click here to download the course flyer.

Despite 3:00 p.m. Plunge Cancellation, Team Takes "Alternative Plunge"

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DNR and CCP staff members, colleagues, family and friends, turned out for the 2010 Polar Bear Plunge despite a snow storm, terrible driving conditions, below freezing temperatures and the rumor of a cancelled 3:00 p.m. plunge.  After raising $3,800 in sponsorships to plunge into the icy Chesapeake, the team followed through with their commitment to get to Sandy Point for the festivities, but learned just before the scheduled 3:00 p.m. plunge that is was cancelled.  A little disappointed, but refusing to let down their generous supporters, the team regrouped back at the parking lot to devise an "alternative plunge." Dressed in their swim gear (and some in team swim caps), Team CCP dashed nearly a quarter of a mile through a snow covered field, out and around a huge tree and back.  A few brave souls finished the run off with snow angels before trying to bundle up again. 

Team CCP would like to thank the generous sponsors who helped us reach and exceed our fundraising goals. Altogether, the overall event raised over $3.4 million dollars!  We had an absolute blast and plan to try to getting in the water again next year.
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A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No.NA09NOA4191070. This publication is funded (in part) by a grant/cooperative agreement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or any of its sub-agencies.

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