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july2012

Volume 4, Issue 6 

July/August 2012

IN THIS ISSUE
CCS SPOTLIGHT: MARYLAND MEETS MILESTONE GOALS TO PROTECT AND RESTORE CHESAPEAKE BAY
WATERSHED ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY FUND UPDATE
CORSICA RIVER RESTORATION
NEW NOAA COASTAL FELLOW
 

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CCS SPOTLIGHT: GOVERNOR O'MALLEY ANNOUNCES MARYLAND MEETS MILESTONE GOALS TO PROTECT AND RESTORE CHESAPEAKE BAY

 

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Incoming Executive Council Chair, DC Mayor, Vincent Gray with outgoing Chair, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Program.
Governor Martin O'Malley, at the Chesapeake Executive Council Meeting on July 9, announced that Maryland met its 2009-2011 milestones to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. As part of Maryland's Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), the State is on track to achieve the next two-year milestone goals and Maryland's 2017 interim target. In 2008, in order to accelerate restoration and improve public accountability, the Executive Council directed the partnership to begin tracking their process through short, two-year targets starting with the years 2009-2011.

 

Maryland tracks its progress in meeting these two-year milestones through Governor O'Malley's BayStat process. BayStat allows Maryland to not only track progress but to make the necessary changes to restoration practices to ensure achievement of overall pollution diet goals. Maryland has been able to meet these goals even while accounting for expected growth during the milestone period.

 

"There are some challenges so large that we can only tackle them together. Restoring the Bay is one of them. And all of us are here today because we understand that the choices we make together for our Bay matter for our health, our environment, our quality of life, our economy and for future generations," said Governor O'Malley. "We have worked closely with our local partners to create and carry out a Watershed Implementation Plan that works for each individual community, and do it in an open and transparent way. Thanks to our hard work together, we have achieved our 2009-2011 milestones, and we're on track to meet our 2012-2013 milestones." 
 

 Click here to view the full press release.

WATERSHED ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR PLANNING AND LOCAL PROJECT DESIGN

Deadline for Proposals is September 28, 2012 

WAGP RFP
Click thumbnail to view RFP.

 

The Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources invite local governments and non-profit organizations to submit requests for assistance available through the Watershed Assistance Grant Program. The funding partners welcome requests for technical planning and design assistance associated with protection and restoration projects that lead to improved water quality in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the Maryland Coastal Bays. The purpose of this assistance is to help grantees accomplish the earliest phases of restoration projects.

 

The deadline for proposals is Friday, September 28, at 5:00 pm. Click here or on the thumbnail to view the Request for Proposals.

ACCELERATING BAY RESTORATION THROUGH NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Maryland's Innovative Technology Fund Announces Three New Research and Development Projects

 

Continuing its dedication to identifying new technologies that reduce nutrients and sediment from nonpoint sources, Maryland has selected three companies to receive funding through its Innovative Technology Fund.  The Innovative Technology Fund is a partnership between Maryland DNR, the University of Maryland (Maryland's Industrial Partnership, or MIPS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

 

To better understand how to increase oyster survivability for aquaculture enterprises, the Innovative Technology Fund will be supporting Shore Thing Shellfish, LLC, in partnership with the Oyster Hatchery Program at Morgan State, to develop in-situ setting techniques. If successful, this technology would increase survivability of spat thus increasing the number of oysters providing filter benefits. This technology also has the potential to be less costly than traditional setting methods.

 

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AHPharma's radiant heat flooring system during installation. Photo credit: James McNaughton.

The Innovative Technology Fund will be funding Dr. Andrew Ristvey from the Wye Research Center and currently working with Smart Slope, LLC to investigate alternative substrate blends for green roof media that could reduce urban stormwater loads. Field and lab tests will evaluate the chemical and physical components of the media. This data will quantify total nitrogen and phosphorus removal and provide information on plant survivability.

 

And finally, the Innovative Technology Fund will be supporting AHPharma, LLC and Dr. Jeannine Harter-Dennis from the University of Maryland - Eastern Shore to investigate poutry house flooring technologies to reduce agricultural ammonia emissions. The purpose of this study is to determine if the combination of radiant heating floor and a poultry litter furnace has a positive effect on litter moisture, ammonia house emissions, and live performance of broiler chicks.

 

For more information on the Innovative Technology Fund visit the website or contact Sarah Lane with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8788 or slane@dnr.state.md.us.

10 COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS SELECTED FOR FUNDING THROUGH GREEN STREETS-GREEN JOBS-GREEN TOWNS INITIATIVE

 

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Presentation of funds awarded to Green Streets-Green Jobs - Green Towns Initiative recipients.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Department of the Environment announced the recipients of $376,000 in grant funding through EPA's Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns Initiative. The 10 selected recipients comprise a diverse group of municipalities and organizations that are committed to investing in green infrastructure to improve the environmental quality of life in their communities as well as create green jobs to benefit their local economy.

 

The Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns grant program supports local governments and non-profit organizations in urban and suburban watersheds interested in pursuing green streets, green infrastructure, and green jobs as part of their community or watershed planning. Grant assistance up to $35,000 was available for infrastructure project planning and design, and up to $100,000 for implementation and construction.

 

The 2012 Green Streets Grant Recipients (full descriptions available at cbtrust.org):

  • Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc., Baltimore City ($34,960)
  • Southeast Community Development Corporation, Baltimore City ($67,100)
  • Housing Initiative Partnership, Cecil County ($35,000)
  • Town of Delmar, Wicomico County ($18,950)
  • Town of Forest Heights, Prince George's County ($55,000)
  • Water Environment Federation, Maryland ($10,000)
  • Town of Ashland, Virginia ($25,000)
  • Matthews County, Virginia ($85,000)
  • City of Romney, West Virginia ($25,000)
  • American Rivers, Pennsylvania ($20,000)

Click here for more information.

 

CORSICA RIVER TARGETED WATERSHED RESTORATION INITIATIVE

2006-2011 Corsica Progress Report Now Available 

 
corsica report coverA report entitled Corsica River Targeted Initiative Progress Report: 2005-2011 has recently been released that showcases the restoration work completed over the past 6 years as well as future strategies to be implemented in the watershed.  

  

The Corsica River is a tidal tributary on Maryland's Eastern Shore that slowly winds through the farmland and forests of rural Queen Anne's County and the Town of Centreville; it then enters the Chester River and into the Chesapeake Bay. The Corsica River Targeted Watershed Initiative began in 2005 as a State-wide focused approach to restore this tidal tributary and eventually remove it from the EPA's 303d list for impairments. Partners involved in the initiative include federal, State, and local agencies, conservation organizations, universities, research institutions and local watersheds. The Corsica River Initiative is nationally recognized for its Watershed Plan and restoration effort that continues to receive attention, both for its outstanding contributions in research, monitoring and implementation, as well as leveraged funding from many sources.

  

This comprehensive effort involves monitoring, research, implementation of water quality and habitat enhancement projects as well as outreach to the community. The restoration activities in the Corsica watershed have been substantial on farm land, suburban residential areas, and in the Town of Centreville by utilizing Best Management Practices (BMPs) and educating citizens on the importance of water quality, nutrient management, and natural resources. 

 

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Students planting at Centreville Middle School. Photo credit: Carrie Decker.

A recent example of the initiative's efforts to protect and restore the tidal tributary, a wildlife and water quality enhancement project was planned and designed by DNR staff and the Queen Anne County Extension Office.  A bio-retention area, native meadow, and 30 trees were planted on approximately 1.5 acres at Centreville Middle School, pictured left. Additionally, fifty feet of impervious surface was removed and a natural swale created to improve water quality and remove nutrients from parking lot runoff. One hundred and thirty 6th grade students helped to plant the trees, native meadow plants and grasses over two days in May, not only learning about nutrient abatement and water quality, but also gaining an opportunity to reduce their school's environmental impact. The school project will provide a continued learning environment as the students maintain the space and use the meadow for plant and wildlife identification lessons.

 

For more information on the Corsica River Targeted Watershed Restoration or the progress report, contact Carrie Decker with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8723 or cdecker@dnr.state.md.us.

 

 

 

IMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY THROUGH DIVERSITY

Youth group participates in a Spanish-lead hike and canoe trip at Jug Bay

 

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Photo courtesy of CBNERR-MD.

On May 26, 2012, a group of eighteen young adults from a Hispanic youth group visited Jug Bay for the day and participated in a Spanish-lead hike and canoe trip through wetlands in the Patuxent River. With the support of bilingual Maryland DNR staff and Jug Bay volunteers they discovered the wonders of Jug Bay and learned about marshes, pollution, climate change, and most importantly what can be done to help protect this wonderful resource.

 

In 2009, the Maryland Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR-MD), identified a need to provide educational and stewardship opportunities to minority groups to improve environmental literacy activities and the diversity of CBNERR's outreach. Since then, at least four activities lead in Spanish, involving removal of invasive species and educational hikes and canoeing around the wetlands, have taken place at Jug Bay in the Patuxent River; one of three CBNERR-MD sites dedicated to research, education, and stewardship.

 

An expansive tidal freshwater marsh characterizes the Jug Bay area and provides a great opportunity to teach about wetlands and their important role in water quality, storm protection, and as habitat for a wide number of species of plants and animals. It also provides an opportunity to create public awareness for protecting these marshes, and opens the door for promoting stewardship.

 

For more information on this event and future programs of its kind, contact Pati Delgado with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at pdelgado@dnr.state.md.us or 410-260-8983.

 

MARYLAND IS AWARDED A NEW NOAA COASTAL FELLOW

Project to Focus on Incorporating Sea Level Rise into Water Quality Goals

 

MD's new Coastal Fellow,

Nicole Carlozo.

NOAA's Coastal Services Center selected Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Service as one of the state coastal programs that will receive a Coastal Fellow from 2012-2013. The Fellow's project will be "Integrating Water Quality and Coastal Resources into Marine Spatial Planning in the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays" and will help CCS and the state of Maryland identify high priority aquaculture and coastal restoration areas that align with TMDL water quality goals.After a week-long fellow-matching workshop held at NOAA CSC in Charleston, SC, Maryland's Coastal Program was determined to be the best fit for Nicole Carlozo.

 

Nicole holds a B.A. in both Biology and in English from St. Mary's College and a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

 

If you are interested in learning more about Nicole's project, please contact Sarah Lane at 410-260-8788 or Catherine McCall at 410-260-8737. 

CCS BIDS FAREWELL AND GOOD LUCK TO CHELSIE PAPIEZ

Coastal Planner and Former NOAA Fellow Heads West

 

Chelsie (left) with CCS teammates, Sarah Lane and Catherine McCall (L to R) at 2011 Coast Day at Assateague State Park.

This summer, CCS bid farewell to Chelsie Papiez who left Maryland return to her roots in the Pacific Northwest and begin a new adventure on the west coast. 

 

Chelsie started out as a NOAA Coastal Fellow awarded to CCS in 2009. Chelsie's fellowship project, titled, "Coastal Land Conservation in Maryland: Targeting Tools and Techniques for Sea Level Rise Adaptation and Response", helped CCS and the State of Maryland identify high priority coastal habitats threatened by sea level rise and climate change and direct management and restoration activities to protect their long-term viability.

 

During her fellowship, Chelsie proved to be a valuable contributor and team member to the coastal program and was hired as a coastal planner to implement the results and products from her project. Among her many contributions were: the creation of a 'New Wetland Areas' GIS layer for the Coastal Atlas based on Maryland's SLAMM study (Sea-Level Affecting Marsh Migration) to provide insight into potential future wetland migration zones; the development of a draft checklist entitled "Maryland's Criteria for Coastal Land Conservation in Response to Climate Change Impacts of Sea Level Rise" used to help evaluate the State's land aquisition opportunities; and conducted a number of presentations, trainings, and workshops on how to incorporate blue infrastructure (aquatic resources and habitat) and climate change impacts into land conservation decision-making.

 

Chelsie's professional drive and environmental ethic will be missed. The collaborative nature of her work advanced CCS' and the Departments' efforts towards ensuring land conservation is focused in areas that improve the resiliency of coastal habitats to the potential impacts of sea level rise. Click here to learn more about Chelsie's work and CCS's ongoing efforts to ensure coastal habitats are protected in the face of climate change. 

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A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA11NOS4190151. 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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