Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Service News - November 2013

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Volume 6, Issue 1       

November 2013


IN THE ZONE is a service from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Chesapeake & Coastal Service (CCS) that delivers timely information, tools, and resources to those who live, work, and play in Maryland's coastal zone.

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Urban nutrient and sediment reduction proposals due January 31, 2014

Photo provided by Parks & People Foundation. 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking proposals from local governments and non-governmental organizations that will help reduce stormwater runoff in areas heavily impacted by prior development. The State will award at least $10 million for urban restoration efforts that will have the greatest impact in reducing sediment and nutrient pollution.


"Stormwater pollution is one of the greatest obstacles in our fight to restore the health of our streams, rivers, and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "We are calling on our local communities, governments and environmental organizations to identify innovative projects and cost-effective approaches that will enable us to meet this challenge and reach our Bay restoration goals."


Funding for these grants is made available through the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund.  Examples of projects that have benefited from Trust funding include the New Broadway East Community Park in Baltimore, the Church Creek Headwaters Project in Annapolis, and Bread and Cheese Creek Stream Restoration in Dundulk. Restoration efforts include removal of asphalt and concrete, stormwater treatment and reduction practices, low impact development, stream bank stabilization, wetland revitalization and much more.  View the Trust Fund Tracker to learn more about projects funded through this program.  Click here to view full press release. 


Applicants must submit Intent to Apply letters by November 15, 2013 and full proposals by January 31, 2014. Selected proposals will be announced by March 1, 2014. Click here for more information regarding this new Trust Fund RFP, or contact Gabe Cohee with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8734.

Trust Fund contributes $3 million to support local grassroots greening efforts

Click Image to view full photostream. Photo provided by CCS.
DNR, in a
collaborative effort with the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, supports the implementation of the President's Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration Executive Order. The Executive Order serves as a key component of the Chesapeake Bay Green Street-Green Jobs-Green Towns (G3) Initiative which supports local, grassroots-level greening efforts by towns and communities in urbanized watersheds that reduce stormwater run-off, through creation of "green streets", the increase in tree canopy, and the reduction of pervious surfaces.

The G3 Initiative grant program supplies design and implementation funds for practices which enhance green spaces in communities, including implementing urban green stormwater practices, increasing urban tree canopy, and replacing impervious surfaces with more permeable materials.

Click Here for more information regarding the G3 grant program or please contact Laura Connelly with the Chesapeake and Coastal Service at 410-260-8825.


To date 2,788 students planted 45,688 trees across Maryland


Click Image to view full photo collection. Photo by Gabe Cohee.

In August 2012, Governor Martin O'Malley announced the Stream Restoration Challenge, a grant program aimed at engaging middle and high school students in service learning and environmental literacy activities by establishing forested stream buffers.


"The Stream Restoration Challenge is an opportunity for our children to learn outside of the classroom and connect with the natural world around them," says 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 first groups of students to receive grants began their projects in spring of this year. Working with local government representatives, watershed organizations, and DNR Foresters, 2,788 students planted 45,688 trees across the state.


The projects offered more than 7,500 service learning hours and engaged students in a myriad of outdoor activities, including riparian forest hikes, invasive species removal, macro-invertebrate sampling and tree species identification. And they are just getting started. Over the next two school years, students will continue to plan, implement and monitor projects through the Stream Restoration Challenge, with a goal of planting 1,000 acres of trees by 2015. With the continued hard work of local schools and teachers, and programs like the Challenge, students will be graduating from high school with increased environmental literacy, a personal connection to their local streams, and an environmental legacy worth sustaining.  Click here to view the full story from The Maryland Natural Resource Magazine.


For more information regarding Governor O'Malley's Stream Restoration Challenge, please contact Gabe Cohee with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8734.  

Stormwater runoff rain garden placed at street-end emptying into Spa Creek
222 Severn Raingarden Project by Spa Creek Conservancy & MD Trust Fund
Trust Fund stormwater management at W&P Nautical, LLC. Video by Scott Hymes

On October 24th, CCS and the Spa Creek Conservancy (SCC) completed a 500 sq. ft. stormwater management project in Annapolis.  This partnership resulted in the first waterfront commercial business owner in the Spa Creek Watershed to retrofit their property in order to control their stormwater runoff.  This stormwater retrofit and habitat restoration project at W&P Nautical, LLC is the first of four street-end park rain gardens that SCC is installing in the coming year.

Click here for more information regarding Trust Fund Projects or contact Gabe Cohee, with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8734. 


300 Somerset County students enjoy Deal Island Wildlife Management Area

Click Image to view full photostream.  Photo by Chris Snow.

On September 24 & 25, the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve program provided an opportunity for students of Somerset County to participate in a day-long field experience with natural resources professionals - Wetlands and Wildlife Field Day, which is now in its twentieth year. For some, many of whom are children of waterman and farmers, this was their first encounter with the tidal marshes that shape the landscape of their lives.


"It all started with an idea from Bill McInturff, a wildlife expert who managed the Monie Bay component of the Reserve," says Laura Younger with Chesapeake & Coastal Service. "Students study the Bay in the 4th grade, and Bill wanted to get them out in the marsh. Since education is key with the Reserve, we thought partnering on this program was a great idea."


The program is a partnership between DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Service and Maryland's Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. One of 28 areas in the country protected specifically to practice and promote stewardship through research and education, the Reserve includes three components: Otter Point Creek and Jug Bay, both designated in 1990, and Monie Bay, designated in 1985. Relatively remote, Monie Bay lies along the northern side of the Deal Island peninsula in Somerset County. It includes saltwater marshes, tidal creeks and pine forests. Its shallow, open water merges with the Wicomico River before reaching Tangier Sound and the Chesapeake Bay. (DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Service also manages this component in cooperation with Reserve staff.)


Click here to view the full story from The Natural Resource Magazine.


For more information regarding the Wetlands and Wildlife Field Day, please contact Jenn Raulin with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8734. 

Project WET provides hands-on learning for students of all ages

Photo by Stacy Epperson.

CCS' Conservation Education and Stewardship Program would like to increase the exposure of a trained network of teachers, resource professionals, and citizens whom organize and teach Project WET workshops throughout Maryland. Project WET is an interdisciplinary water education program featuring classroom-proven, hands-on learning activities that make water topics such as storm water, watersheds, wetlands, and climate science come alive for students of all ages.  Over the past quarter-century, global water problems have continued to escalate. Every day, the quality and quantity of water resources affect the health and well-being of nearly seven billion people on the planet. Yet one in eight people do not have access to clean and abundant water. Because of this, water education has never been more critical.


As schools, homes and businesses "go green," water education has a major role to play. Through water education, individuals: identify their watershed address; discover their role in the hydrological cycle; recognize that water knows no boundaries-flowing through and connecting us all.  Our future is tightly bound to water. Global water issues must be addressed through greater public involvement at all socioeconomic levels, among all water users and across all borders. People must be provided a deeper understanding of our complex environmental issues and the skills necessary to undertake the challenges of this century. Sustainable water management is crucial to secure social and economic stability, as well as a healthy environment, achievable only as a result of cooperation and a commitment to education.


For more information regarding Project WET and to learn how you can get trained to use Project WET activities, please contact Cindy Etgen with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8716. 

Phillip Stafford eager to improve coordination of technical & financial assistance

Photo by Phillip Stafford.

Maryland's Watershed Assistance Collaborative would like to welcome Phillip Stafford into his new role as The Collaborative's Coordinator.  As one of the expectations of The Collaborative is to increase the number local communities prepared to undertake on-the-ground restoration projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Phillip will work to improve the delivery of technical and financial assistance in order to achieve this objective.


The Collaborative will look to Phillip in it's continued pursuit of diverse business planning opportunities and further expansion of the partnership. This growth is necessary to ensure long-term sustainability of its efforts to provide "on the ground" assistance to local and county governments.  These efforts ensure the acceleration of nonpoint source pollution reductions and ultimately help restore the Chesapeake Bay.

For more information regarding The Collaborative and the assistance it provides, please contact Phillip Stafford with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8730.
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A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA13NOS4190136. 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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