Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - February 2011

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Volume 3, Issue 3 

February 2011


IN THE ZONE is a service from the 

Maryland Department of Natural Resources'

Chesapeake & Coastal Program (CCP)

that delivers timely information, tools and resources to those who live, work and play in Maryland's coastal zone.

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CCP Teams with Maryland Environmental Trust to Offer Training for Local and Regional Planners
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.
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CCP's Catherine McCall gives a demonstration of the Coastal Atlas' Estuaries mapping tool. 


In January, CCP hosted its first conservation training with Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) to demonstrate the importance of incorporating tidal and nearshore ecological data - the Blue Infrastructure - and climate change adaptation benefits into parcel-level conservation evaluations.  The goal of the training was to help inform local and regional land conservation planners of new data and its benefit in evaluating coastal zone properties.  The combination of identifying Blue Infrastructure and climate change effects of sea level rise was in direct response to Maryland DNR's new climate change policy for new land investments that requires the Department to 'proactively seek the protection of lands that enhance the resilience of bay, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems' to potential impacts of climate change.     


In order to meet this goal, DNR completed a Blue Infrastructure Assessment to identify the state's priority estuarine environments.  This detailed spatial assessment included coastal habitats, critical natural resources, and associated human uses in the tidal waters and near-shore area of Maryland's coastal zone and links Maryland's terrestrial and aquatic environments.   


At the training, the assessment methodologies and results were discussed to demonstrate how the data contributes to prioritization systems to target conservation and management activities and how the results can be used to evaluate a property's coastal habitats.  Evaluations of climate change adaptive benefits focused on current and future adaptive capacity of a property.  These included estimating the potential for wetland migration corridors with short-term and long-term sea level rise scenarios, natural storm surge buffering capacity, and living shoreline suitability for erosion reduction.  CCP is compiling new data that will help further identify the potential for wetland migration corridors using the Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM).  CCP anticipates having all potential DNR land acquisition and easements within the coastal zone evaluated using new Blue Infrastructure and climate change criteria.  This will help inform decision-makers about the properties' aquatic ecological value and climate resiliency and adaptability.  To learn more about CCP's project exploring coastal habitats and sea level rise, visit  


The Blue Infrastructure data can currently be viewed on the Coastal Atlas' Estuaries mapping tool and, in the coming months, the climate change adaptive benefits layers will be available on the Shorelines mapping tool.


Anyone interested in more information about this and future trainings and workshops, please contact Chris Cortina with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program at 410.260.8774.   


Apply Through CCP Grants Online by March 24 


CCI RFPIn partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), CCP is offering competitive grants of up to $75,000 to local communities for coastal hazards and sea-level rise response planning. Municipalities and counties within Maryland's coastal zone are eligible to apply for and receive funds.


"Without significant preparation and planning, communities foresee considerable losses to public infrastructure, water dependent industries and livelihoods...The most cost-effective approach to dealing with the anticipated impacts of climate change is to prepare for these consequences before they occur." 

- Gov. Martin O'Malley


Recent CoastSmart Communities projects have included: the development of a strategic plan targeting sea level rise and climate change in Anne Arundel County; a sea level rise adaptation and response plan for the City of Annapolis that includes a vulnerability and impact assessment as well as outlines policy response options; improvements to Caroline County's floodplain and stormwater management programs; an integrated community and watershed design project and transportation element for the town of Queenstown; and improvements to stormwater and coastal erosion management in several small Talbot County villages.


To learn more about this opportunity as well as the services offered by CCP to help communities reduce their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, please visit the CoastSmartCommunities Online Resource Center at, or e-mail the Chesapeake & Coastal Program staff at  


The State will accept proposals through March 24, 2011 until 5:00 p.m.


Click here to view press release.



Gov. O'Malley has affirmed his commitment to Bay restoration by including $25M for the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund (Trust Fund) in SFY12, a 25% increase over last year.  The Trust Fund, generated through motor fuel and rental car taxes, provides support for the implementation of nonpoint source pollution reduction projects. The Fund is a key component in achieving Maryland's goals for nutrient and sediment reduction set out the the Bay-wide Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), known also as the "pollution diet."  In addition to funding State-wide indicatives, such as cover crops, and tree planting,the Trust Fund provides support to local governments and communities for achieving their watershed restoration commitments under the Bay TMDL. For SFY12, $6.2M has been identified to fund communities to clean up local rivers and streams: 

  • $2.88M for Prince George's County to construct a large-scale urban stream restoration in the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River
  • $1.2M for Howard County and the Columbia Association for stormwater retrofits and forest buffer restoration in the Little Patuxent watershed
  • $640,000 for Baltimore County and Herring Run Watershed Association for stormwater retrofits and forest buffer restoration in the Back River
  • $500,000 for Harford County to construct four stormwater management projects in Wheel Creek
  • $463,000 for Anne Arundel County to construct and monitor an innovative sand seepage stream restoration in a subwatershed of the Magothy River
  • $290,000 for the Sassafras River Association to install wetlands and pilot poultry manure incorporation technology within the watershed
  • $250,000 for the Town of Centreville to manage stormwater at the local wastewater treatment plant in the Corsica River watershed 

CCP will work closely with these local projects to deliver and leverage resources, through both financial and technical assistance.  To learn more about the Trust Fund and projects planned, please visit:


Click here to view the press release.


Funding Available through Watershed Assistance Grant Program for Engineering  and Design


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Funding for project design available through the WAGP

The Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources welcome requests for technical planning and design assistance associated with protection and restoration programs and projects that lead to improved water quality in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the Maryland Coastal Bays. The funding partners invite local governments and non-profit organizations to submit requests for this assistance. The purpose of this assistance is to help grantees accomplish the earliest phases of restoration projects. For the full Request for Proposals and detail on this program, please click here



The Watershed Assistance Grant Program, a joint program with DNR's Chesapeake and Coastal Program and CBT, is currently open to local government and communities for watershed planning and design grants. This round of funding closes March 18, 2011.


For more information contact Hieu Truong at CBT at 410-974-2941 or Carrie Decker at DNR 410-260-8723.

Next Meeting: Friday, February 25

cwracSpecial CWRAC Training Opportunity:  Mary Owens (Critical Area Commission staff) will discuss the Buffer Management Plan model ordinance and the Buffer Resource Guide at the next CWRAC meeting on Friday, February 25, 2011 at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis, MD.  Since an update to the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area Law was passed in 2008, the Department of Natural Resources' Critical Area Commission (CAC) has been working to convert the Buffer regulations into ordinance language that can be incorporated into local Critical Area programs. The CAC is currently developing model ordinance language for counties and municipalities, and has begun partnering with Adkins Arboretum to develop a Buffer Resource Guide.  The Buffer Resource Guide will include sample Simple, Minor, and Major Buffer Management Plans and accompanying implementation documents. The presentation will provide training on the ordinance and the resource guide.


Other topics to be discussed at the meeting include, (1) developing the CWRAC 2011 agenda and (2) the election of officers.   


If you are interested in attending the upcoming meeting or in need of more information on CWRAC,  e-mail Joe Abe with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410.260.8740.



The Innovative Technology Fund was established with the goal of accelerating Bay restoration through the improvement of water quality in new and innovative ways. As part of the State's continuing effort to foster strong ties between entrepreneurs and university researchers to restore the Chesapeake Bay, DNR in partnership with Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) has awarded two additional Innovative Technology Fund projects.


A biofouling screen full with algae is removed from the water to be harvested. Photo by Pat Kangas.


The University of Maryland College Park received a $89,828 MIPS grant to test a new technology, biofouling screens, for removing nutrients and sediment from the water column in an aquatic ecosystem.  The system consists of a single screen or a set of screens attached to floats or a raft and suspended in the water column.  A biofilm of microbes quickly develops on the screen which absorbs pollutants through biological uptake and physical filtration.  The performance of the biofouling screen systems for water quality improvement will be tested at the Constellation Energy Corporation's Crane Power Facility.


The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science received a $89,961 MIPS grant to accelerate research efforts into HY-TEK Bio's innovative approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.  UMCES researchers at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology will work to determine the best performing strain of algae to mitigate carbon dioxide (CO2) and other pollutants from flue gases while living in the unique, controlled environment of HY-TEK Bio's patent-pending scrubber system.  HY-TEK Bio, LLC, is a privately held Maryland-based corporation that is helping industry improve its bottom line while reducing its impact on the environment.


If you are a business or researcher interested in applying for assistance, want to learn more about a project, or if you have questions about the Innovative Technology Fund, please e-mail Sarah Lane with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410.260.8788. 


CCP's Coastal Hazards and Climate Programs Specialist Takes Position with NOAA Coastal Services Center

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We would like to extend our personal thanks and wish the best of luck to Gwen Shaughnessy. After serving for four years as our Coastal Hazards and Climate Protection Specialist, Gwen recently took a position with NOAA's Coastal Services Center.  As living proof that the ability to convert ideas into things is the secret to success, Gwen will be adapting the tools and services that she created here in Maryland and will be offering them nationally. 


On behalf of the Chesapeake and Coastal Program Family, we are not only grateful for Gwen's persistence, dedication and leadership that put Maryland in the forefront of climate adaptation, but we are very, very proud of her. 


Best of luck on what lies ahead!

 - the CCP Team

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A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA10NOS4190204. 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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