Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust
Collaborative Conservation and Brook Trout Restoration in the Cacapon Watershed (WV)
Conserve high-quality riparian corridors through conservation easements and improve brook trout habitat. Project will convene the Cacapon Watershed Collaborative to identify shared goals of watershed partners and build capacity for increased land protection and ecologically sustainable land management, and behavior change research will be conducted to learn effective strategies for engaging landowners in stewardship.
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.
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.
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.
Linking Stream Habitat on Public and Private Lands in the Upper Greenbrier River to Benefit Brook Trout (WV)
Expand the footprint of the Upper Greenbrier River Watershed restoration efforts from the headwaters located on public lands in the Monongahela National Forest to the downstream watersheds dominated by private lands, in one of the largest identified eastern brook trout patches on the river. Project will install 3 miles of livestock exclusion fencing, restore 6 miles of riparian forest buffer and implement best management practices for sediment reduction on 200 acres.
Restoring, Enhancing, and Expanding Brook Trout Patch Strongholds in Thorn Creek (WV)
Restore riparian buffers, in-stream habitat, eroding stream banks and aquatic organism passage within the Thorn Creek watershed and the Upper South Branch of the Potomac to the benefit of water quality, local agricultural producers, and brook trout strongholds. Project will result in the completion of restoration efforts to enhance a brook trout stronghold, the expansion of such efforts into the Upper South Branch of the Potomac, and the documentation of additional un-assessed brook trout patches.