Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Service News - August 2013


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Volume 5, Issue 7    

August 2013

IN THIS ISSUE
MORE STREAM CHALLENGE GRANTS AWARDED
NEW SEA LEVEL RISE PROJECTIONS
WAGP CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
GOV. O'MALLEY CREATES STATEWIDE STREAM RESTORATION PARTNERSHIP
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
 

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CCS SPOTLIGHT: STATE AWARDS MORE GRANTS THROUGH GOVERNOR O'MALLEY'S STREAM RESTORATION CHALLENGE
16 additional proposals selected to use service learning to improve water quality

 

Stream Restoration Challenge Spring 2013 Highlight
Stream Restoration Challenge Spring 2013 Highlight.

Governor Martin O'Malley announced, on July 18th,  the second round of Stream Restoration Challenge grant recipients to receive funding for school and community projects to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality. Selected by the State, these 16 proposals will use service learning and environmental education activities to engage and educate nearly 15,000 students in every phase of the restoration process.

 

"The Stream Restoration Challenge is an opportunity for our children to learn outside of the classroom and connect with the natural world around them," said Governor O'Malley. "These projects help restore water quality in and around the Bay, clean our air, beautify our communities and create habitat for wildlife, all while educating and cultivating Maryland's next generation of stewards."

 

The proposals were chosen based on how effective, efficient, and economical they would be, and which would support the most student participation. The majority of the projects will establish critical streamside forests to filter polluted runoff before it enters Maryland's streams, rivers and Chesapeake Bay. The grant recipients have been notified and have expressed their excitement and enthusiasm in getting the projects underway. Click here to view the awardees and click here to view the full press release. 

 

For more information regarding the Governor's Stream Restoration Challenge, please contact Gabe Cohee with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8753.

TRUST FUND GRANT HELPS TOWN OF BERLIN MANAGE STORMWATER
CCS & partners complete stormwater management and stream restoration project

Stormwater Utility at work in Berlin, MD
Stormwater Utility at work in Berlin, MD.

In the summer of 2011, with support from the Watershed Assistance Collaborative, the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center began working with the Town of Berlin, MD, an Eastern Shore community with a population of approximately 4,000, to complete a stormwater financing feasibility study.

 

Earlier this year, with direction from this stormwater financing feasibility study, the town of Berlin passed historic legislation that will help reduce flooding and clean up area rivers and streams. The new ordinance will create a stormwater utility for Berlin, dividing the cost of managing stormwater among the town's property owners and helping the town leverage federal and State grants for additional, related enhancements. In addition to their new stormwater utility, Berlin, in partnership with CCS through a Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund grant, recently completed the West Street Stream restoration project on June 30th.  This stormwater management project was done to decrease flooding in the area and increase retention time of water by both slightly widening the Bottle Branch stream and putting in step pools above and below West Street.

 

For more information regarding CCS' involvement in Berlin's stormwater management, please contact Jenn Raulin with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8745. 

NEW SEA LEVEL PROJECTIONS FOR MARYLAND AND THE MID-ATLANTIC
Report shows sea level along Maryland's shorelines could rise 2 feet by 2050

Forecasting Sea Level Rise for Maryland
Forecasting Sea Level Rise for Maryland.
A new report on sea level rise recommends that the State of Maryland should plan for a rise in sea level of as much as 2 feet by 2050. Led by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the report was prepared by a panel of scientific experts in response to Governor Martin O'Malley's Executive Order on Climate Change and "Coast Smart" Construction. The projections are based on an assessment of the latest climate change science and federal guidelines

 

"The State of Maryland is committed to taking the necessary actions to adapt to the rising sea and guard against the impacts of extreme storms," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "In doing so, we must stay abreast of the latest climate science to ensure that we have a sound understanding of our vulnerability and are making informed decisions about how best to protect our land, infrastructure, and most importantly, the citizens of Maryland."

 

The independent scientific report recommends that it is prudent to plan for sea level to be 2.1 feet higher in 2050 along Maryland's shorelines than it was in 2000 in order to accommodate the high end of the range of the panel's projections. Maryland has 3,100 miles of tidal shoreline and low-lying rural and urban lands that will be impacted. The experts' best estimate for the amount of sea-level rise in 2050 is 1.4 feet. It is unlikely to be less than 0.9 feet or greater than 2.1 feet. Their best estimate for sea level rise by 2100 is 3.7 feet. They concluded that it is unlikely to be less than 2.1 feet or more than 5.7 feet based on current scientific understanding.

 

For more information regarding Maryland's efforts to better understand, mitigate and adapt to climate change, please contact Zoe Johnson with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8741.

WATERSHED ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Eligible applicants may receive up to $50,000 in planning and design grants

Photo by Amanda Rockler.
The Watershed Assistance Collaborative, a partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and the University of Maryland is providing funding and on the ground assistance to Maryland communities seeking to carry out projects to improve their local waterways.
 

Created by the Collaborative, the Watershed Assistance Grant Program, open to nonprofit organizations, community associations, faith-based groups, local governments and more, is currently providing up to $50,000 per applicant to improve water quality in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and in the Maryland Coastal Bays.  The Collaborative is seeking requests for technical planning and design assistance for watershed restoration programs and projects. In addition to the Watershed Assistance Grant Program, the Chesapeake Bay Trust offers 13 other grant programs in which communities can seek funding and technical support.  Click here to view the full press release.  

 

The program is currently accepting grant applications (up to $50,000) until 5 p.m. on August 30, 2013. Click here for more information regarding this funding opportunity and to apply online, or contact Jenn Raulin with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8745. 

GOVERNOR O'MALLEY & EDUCATORS PARTNER TO RESTORE STREAMS
New Statewide stream restoration partnership to help restore the Chesapeake Bay

In a first of its kind effort, Governor Martin O'Malley met with teachers and educators from across the State on July 2nd to explore how the next generation of Marylanders could help restore the Bay, one stream at a time. Under this new statewide stream restoration partnership, schools would adopt the streams and tributaries on or near their properties and turn their restoration into a learning
Click Image to view full photo stream.
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experience.
  

"The creeks, streams and rivers are all connected, and they all flow back to the Chesapeake Bay," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "By working together through our schools, we are teaching our children the power and value of respecting these natural resources and the connection between man and the world in which we live."  

 

In addition to taking students out of the classroom for experiential learning, the new collaborative will help schools meet the State's Environmental Literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) requirements. Under the guidance of Governor O'Malley in 2011, the State Board of Education ruled that "each local school system shall provide in public schools a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary environmental education program infused within current curricular offerings and aligned with the Maryland Environmental Literacy Curriculum". Click here to view the full press release.

 

For more information regarding Governor O'Malley's new statewide stream restoration partnership, please contact Britt Slattery with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8715.

DATA AND THE ESTUARY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
Teachers learn to bring authentic, real-time scientific data to their students
  
"Data & the Estuary" in Maryland by Natallia Leuchanka.

 Many of us had meaningful and inspiring outdoor experiences when we were children.  These experiences were most likely encouraged by a family member, a friend, or a teacher in order to inspire and challenge us to become better stewards of our environment.

 

To continue encouraging stewardship, the Chesapeake and Coastal Service (CCS) through the CBNERR-MD Education Program and their partners, led a teacher workshop collaborating middle-school and high-school teachers with each other, as well as governmental and non-governmental agencies in Maryland, in order to provide authentic science and outdoor experiences for their students. 

 

The Western Shore Data & the Estuary Professional Development Workshop, which was held from June 24th - 28th, provided teachers with the opportunity to collect and analyze real time scientific data through field-based observations and investigations. During the workshop, teachers also brainstormed ideas on how they might be able to bring this real-time data to their classrooms and inspire the Maryland youth to become stewards of our state, and our planet. For an overview of the Western Shore Data & the Estuary, watch the video above, and stay tuned for a video of a similar workshop on the Eastern Shore.

 

For more information regarding future trainings, please contact Coreen Weilminster with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8744.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO EDUCATE STUDENTS ABOUT THE BAY
Trainings for volunteers to be held on August 15th, 22nd, & 29th

Photo by Chris Hintz. 

Marylanders interested in helping students understand and care for their natural world are being invited to become a part of TEAM, Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking adults from Montgomery, Frederick, St. Mary's and Baltimore counties to educate students about the Chesapeake Bay, coastal and Bay marine life, and Maryland streams.  

  

Volunteers should have an outgoing personality and a strong desire to help students understand and care for their natural world. No prior teaching experience is necessary. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old have their own transportation.  There are three workshops on consecutive Thursdays in August. TEAM members are asked to attend all three for necessary training.  Click here to view the full press release.

 

The workshops will be held on:

  • August 15th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brookside Gardens (1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton);
  • August 22nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center (5110 Meadowside Lane, Rockville); and
  • August 29th from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center (Workshop will also feature and outdoor component).

For more information regarding TEAM or to register for a workshop, please contact Chris Hintz with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8809. 

15th ANNUAL RAISING HORSESHOE CRABS IN THE CLASSROOM EVENT
300 students and teachers attend horseshoe crab release at Sandy Point Park 
 
Click Image to view full photostream.  Photo by Stacy Epperson.
DNR's 15th Annual Raising Horseshoe Crabs in the Classroom Program Field Day and release events concluded this May at Sandy Point State Park. Approximately 300 students and teachers from 12 schools attended over three days. Students rotated through five very interesting learning stations before releasing the horseshoe crabs that they had raised during the school year.

The Raising Horseshoe Crabs in the Classroom Program provides equipment, a teachers' guide, and horseshoe crab eggs to schools for students to learn the ecological, medical and historical importance of the vanishing species. The goals of the Raising Horseshoe Crabs in the Classroom Program are to:
  • Teach students about the life history, anatomy and management of horseshoe crabs,
  • Provide students with experience using scientific skills and processes to raise horseshoe crabs,
  • Give students a meaningful outdoor experience on the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays of Maryland,
  • Enable students to understand the ecological connection between horseshoe crabs and shorebirds,
  • Provide teachers with an opportunity to use horseshoe crabs as a tool to explore different natural resource management issues.

Click here for more information regarding the Raising Horseshoe Crabs in a Classroom Program or contact Stacy Epperson with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8775. 

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A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA12NOS4190169. 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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