Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Developing an Integrated Community-based Monitoring Approach to Track Restoration (DC, MD, PA, VA)
Leverage relationships with local, county, state and federal agencies, community partners and restoration experts to ensure that the monitoring plan developed meets diverse needs. Project will complete research on existing restoration monitoring protocols and engagement of diverse stakeholders, conduct development of a comprehensive community-based restoration study design, and develop protocol testing and data generation at two to four restoration sites at varying stages of installation.
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Expanding Tree Canopy in Charles County (MD)
Improve local water quality and habitat in Charles County, Maryland. Project will create an Urban Tree Canopy Plan with local organizations and government agencies, train 40 Chesapeake Tree Stewards, expand the urban tree canopy by planting 75 native trees in the Town of La Plata, and reforest 55 acres of land with native trees throughout Charles County.
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Healthy Streams Farm Stewardship: Chesapeake Logperch Initiative (MD, PA)
Develop and pilot a conservation incentive program that accelerates the adoption and establishment of riparian forest buffers by agricultural producers in the Susquehanna Basin of York County, Pennsylvania and Cecil and Harford counties in Maryland. Project will multiply the amount of implementation of agricultural best management practices, restore 160 acres of riparian forest habitat, and improve the in-stream habitat and passage specifically for the threatened Chesapeake logperch.
Baltimore Green Space
Community Care of Urban Forest Patches: Preparing for Preservation in Baltimore (MD)
Lead neighborhood efforts to plant perennials, shrubs, and trees and remove invasive plants and trash from three community forests in Baltimore City to help communities demonstrate their capacity to steward the land and strengthen native habitat and stormwater management functions. Project will engage 300 community members in educational programming and 100 volunteers in restoration activities to plant 38 trees and coordinate care on 3 acres.
Blue Water Baltimore
Implementing Green Stormwater Infrastructure in East and West Baltimore (MD)
Implement green stormwater infrastructure projects and expand outreach and planning services to new target neighborhoods in West Baltimore to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution, develop regional scale partnerships, and increase citizen engagement. Project will expand, develop, and build upon previous success in East Baltimore to support neighborhoods in West Baltimore facing stormwater challenges in the Dead Run-Gwynns Falls watershed.
Carroll County Government, Bureau of Resource Management
Roberts Field Restoration (MD)
Engineer drawings to retrofit the Roberts Field existing wet pond stormwater management facility with a drainage area of 47 acres, 21 of which are impervious, to an innovative wet pond and submerged gravel wetland facility and create 900 linear feet of restored stream. Project will lead to improved water quality, provide additional natural habitat, reduce thermal impacts, and maintain the community amenity at the headwaters for Piney Run, a cold-water trout stream.
Center for Watershed Protection
Maryland State Fairgrounds Green Infrastructure Planning and Design
Provide technical and coordination assistance to the Maryland State Fair and its many partners to advance high-profile green infrastructure projects and facilitate improved Fairgrounds operations. Project will include a project site survey, geotechnical investigation, stormwater engineering design, project implementation planning and coordination, and capacity building for local residents.
Chesapeake Bay Commission
Lessons Learned from Decades of Experiences of the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership (multiple states)
Draft and publish peer-reviewed literature summarizing the core set of lessons learned through the work of the Chesapeake Bay restoration partnership which are applicable to other watershed-based/partnership-based restoration efforts. Project will share the key lessons learned during the multi-decade, partnership-based, Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, and will result in a multi-media series of “lessons learned” products.
Chesapeake Bay Trust
Chesapeake Bay Trust Regional Capacity Building Initiative (DC, MD, PA, VA, WV)
Build collaborative and organizational capacity of regional entities and organizations within the Chesapeake Bay watershed working together to accelerate watershed restoration through tailored assessment. Project will heighten capacity of groups to advance clean water plans, increase communication, coordination and collaboration among partners within and across priority regions within the watershed, and increase power of the grassroots movement for sustained environmental and clean water protections.
Chesapeake Stormwater Network
Chesapeake Bay Stormwater Training and Engagement in Urban Watersheds (multiple states)
Focus stormwater training and engagement efforts on four critical and vulnerable target populations in the Bay watershed to accelerate the pace of local nutrient reduction and promote more widespread implementation of effective stormwater and restoration practices across the watershed.
College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Using Mobile Applications to Turn Recreational Anglers into Community Scientists (MD, VA)
Understand the success of the “eBird” application and explore how that approach could be adapted to engaging recreational anglers in community science. Project will determine the priorities and concerns recreational fishermen, fisheries managers, and fisheries scientists have regarding mobile applications, and use this input to begin developing an “eFish” application for community science based on this stakeholder input.
Community Ecology Institute
Hickory Ridge Walkable Watershed Concept Plan Development for the Patuxent River Watershed (MD)
Address stormwater management that brings key stakeholders and members of the community together with planners to develop a shared vision and set of priorities. Project will be a community-based concept plan that includes a network of stormwater management opportunity sites that focus on Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration goals to address flooding and stormwater runoff, nutrient and sediment reduction, improving water quality, and improving access to community amenities.
Delmarva Poultry Industry
Establishing a Poultry Litter Matching Service for a Cleaner Bay and Healthy Farms (DE, MD, VA)
Develop an online poultry litter matching tool to connect producers with excess litter to improve crop growth and soil health. Project will support the implementation of Maryland’s Phosphorus Management Tool and Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plans across Delmarva, thereby helping to meet regional water quality and healthy watershed goals.
Greater Baybrook Alliance
Greater Baybrook Green Infrastructure Master Plan (MD)
Develop a green infrastructure master plan that will create a network of green hubs and corridors and related programming and jobs. Project will build upon a green infrastructure concept plan, conducted by the American Planning Association, for the Brooklyn community and is identified as a high-priority in the 2016 Greater Baybrook Vision and Action Plan, the communities’ master plan.
Howard County, Maryland
Planting the Trees for the Future Initiative (MD)
Expand local collaborations on environmental restoration, the rate and scale of reforestation and other natural filters, strategic land conservation, and environmental job opportunities in Central Maryland. Project will triple the average annual number of trees planted across the pilot area by the end of the three-year period, with a target rate of 100,000 trees per year across the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition territory, including Howard County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City.
Lower Shore Land Trust
Delmarva Working and Natural Lands Conservation and Restoration (MD)
Develop a Delmarva Rural Lands Working Group and Tri-County Forest Conservation Program to assess, prioritize, and implement restoration and conservation projects in the Chesapeake Bay portion of the lower Delmarva Peninsula in Maryland. Project will lead to healthy riparian forests, improved water quality, and restored wetland habitat, benefiting American black duck, and other terrestrial and aquatic living resources.
Coordinating American Oystercatcher Recovery on the Atlantic Coast (multiple states)
Provide coordination of the American oystercatcher recovery initiative and actionable change based on lessons learned from 2009-2019 and reduce the impact of predators and human disturbance on populations of breeding shorebirds along the U.S. Atlantic coast. Project will contribute substantially to the goals of the Atlantic Flyway Business Plan.
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
River Herring Habitat Assessment for Oxon Run and Lower Beaverdam Creek (DC, MD)
Evaluate river herring habitats upstream and downstream of the fish blockages and propose structures to provide passage for these blockages, monitor for the strength of river herring, and provide a brief study informational plan. Project will restore river herring access and use of high quality migratory stream habitat and provide capacity and planning information for Prince George’s County Department of the Environments and District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment.
Mid-Atlantic 4R Nutrient Stewardship Association
Accelerating Implementation of Farmer Adoption of Nutrient Stewardship Practices (DE, MD, PA, VA)
Bring together stakeholders involved in nutrient management and those who have environmental concerns about excess nutrients to work together to develop locally relevant solutions. Project will identify barriers to nutrient management adoption, design a communications strategy, engage 300 farms to implement nutrient management, increase implementation of split application of nitrogen and pilot a model for a Pennsylvania Manure Transport Exchange.
Montgomery County, Maryland
Glenmont Forest Green Streets Water Quality Restoration (MD)
Construct a community-wide green street project in Silver Spring, Maryland with 67 rain gardens, bioretention gardens, and tree box filters to improve water quality. Project will work in collaboration with Rock Creek Conservancy, and the green infrastructure implemented will educate and engage the community while reducing 133 pounds of nitrogen, 20 pounds of phosphorous, and 35 tons of sediment pollution annually to Rock Creek, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay.
National Wildlife Federation
Developing Capacity Building Framework within the Chesapeake Bay Community (multiple states)
Address gaps in capacity within the Chesapeake Bay community through a partnership with the Choose Clean Water Coalition and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, with the objective to research, analyze and develop a capacity building framework. Project will target an audience of capacity builders and the NGO community with missions that include improving the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
National Wildlife Federation
Modeling an Approach to Greening Gray Infrastructure (MD)
Conduct studies of offshore breakwaters in the Choptank River and complete engineered designs incorporating original structures with oyster castles and oyster spat on identified sites, including Bill Burton Fishing Piers State Park and Horne Bay along Horn Point Laboratory’s campus. Project will develop oyster retrofit designs that will create complex fish and shellfish habitat and provide enhanced, measurable nutrient and sediment reduction benefits when implemented.
Neighborhood Design Center
Municipal Urban Forestry Needs Analysis and Pilot Projects for Prince George’s County (MD)
Conduct an urban forestry needs analysis for municipalities in Prince George’s County. Project will survey urban forest managers to assess their current urban forest status and identify opportunities to provide planning and technical assistance for managing public trees, and will also assist the Town of Forest Heights and the City of New Carrollton to assess and manage their public trees.
Expanding Growing Native Tree Initiative (MD, VA)
Expand the Growing Native program by building a regional coalition of stakeholders to connect disparate native tree planting efforts in the Potomac Watershed and build a network of volunteers increasing the number of native seeds collected and market existing native tree planting opportunities. Project will convene the coalition, build a website that will consolidates community engagement opportunities, and expand seed collection drop off sites, nursery sites, and community-led seed events.
Old Love Point Park Stream and Park Restoration (MD)
Produce a comprehensive stream restoration design that incorporates new stormwater practices within the park, wetland areas adjacent to the stream restoration, and a stream restoration design that will complement both the new stormwater and wetland areas. Project will design approximately 1,500 linear feet of stream restoration, 2 to 3 acres of wetlands/floodplains, and two to three bioretentions.
River Herring Response to Dam Removal in the Patapsco River (MD)
Uses environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques and ichthyoplankton surveys to assess river herring spawning habitat use in the Patapsco River and develops a relationship between sonar run counts and eDNA concentration. Project will build on four years of monitoring prior to complete removal of Bloede Dam to determine changes in habitat use following dam removal and enables eDNA methods to be used to estimate run counts for long term population monitoring.
The Nature Conservancy
Identifying, Prioritizing, and Incentivizing Marsh Management Actions in the Chesapeake Bay (MD, VA)
Develop a marsh management action decision support tool and resilience credit targeting parameters, plus streamline and enhance the effectiveness of marsh management actions and make funding opportunities more accessible for tidal marsh conservation practitioners throughout the Chesapeake Bay. Project will evaluate the climatic and human pressures that are degrading tidal marsh habitats within a holistic context that weighs inputs, actions, and outcomes to determine best management practices.
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Priority Brook Trout Strongholds Conservation Analysis (MD, NY, PA, VA, WV)
Complete focal analyses for 11 brook trout stronghold patches within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Project will develop a strategic restoration approach focused on brook trout populations, and following the compilation of the available data for each patch and the completion of the conservation portfolio analysis, Trout Unlimited will provide a summary report for each priority patch that outlines potential projects, current data available, monitoring needs, and other information.
Wicomico Environmental Trust
Monitoring Water Quality and Health of the Wicomico River (MD)
Recruit volunteers to monitor the waters of the Wicomico River and its tributaries on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore to collect and develop objective, scientifically credible water quality data. Project will train volunteers to collect water samples and record site conditions, assess samples water clarity, total nitrogen and phosphorus, chlorophyll a, and bacteria, and conduct scientific analysis by trained scientists before results are delivered to the public.