Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Accelerating Conservation in Maryland Through Corporate Sustainability Initiatives
Partner with the Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association and Maryland Department of Agriculture to advance adoption of agricultural conservation practices that support water quality and corporate supply chain sustainability goals. Project will work with seven dairies in Maryland to plan and implement conservation practices on 300 acres.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Riparian Forest Buffer Implementation in the Mason Dixon Region (MD, PA)
Develop and pilot a conservation incentive program that accelerates the adoption and establishment of riparian forest buffers by agricultural producers in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Project will restore 35 miles of critical riparian habitat and result in the planting of nearly 50,000 trees.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Establishing Builders Institute to Expand Capacity for Clean Water (multiple states)
Increase regional capacity to implement watershed restoration and conservation projects more efficiently and effectively by establishing a Chesapeake Capacity Builders Institute. Project will engage 130 watershed stewardship leaders in piloting efforts to build and enhance collective watershed project management.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Jump-starting Organic Valley’s Dairy Sustainability Strategy (MD, NY, PA, VA)
Partner with Organic Valley to provide cost-effective agricultural conservation practices to manage agricultural runoff, improve water quality and wildlife habitat on organic dairy farms in the Bay watershed. Project will restore 5 miles of riparian habitat and engage an additional 200 volunteers in implementing on-farm conservation practices.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Outcomes-Based Model for Accelerating Pollutant Reductions (MD, PA)
Pilot an outcomes-based model for accelerating pollution reductions in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Project will engage partners and landowners to implement at least 115 acres of riparian forest buffer and upland reforestation projects and work with at least 12 dairy farmers to implement agricultural best management practices.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Riparian Rangers Volunteer Program (PA, MD)
Expand the Riparian Rangers program by training 100 new volunteers on riparian forest buffer establishment while providing additional educational opportunities and resources. Project will result in 3 new regional Branches of the Riparian Rangers program within priority watersheds in Maryland and Pennsylvania which will enable enhanced stewardship of around 250 acres of riparian forest buffer plantings.

Alliance for the Restoration of Northwest Creek 
Restoration Planning for Northwest Creek (MD)
Design and permit a restoration plan for Northwest Creek, a 100-acre tidal inlet on Kent Island that has been plagued with deteriorating water quality and habitat conditions. Project will create new habitat for shallow water fish species and protected breeding grounds for other wildlife via the creation of marsh habitat and living shorelines.

Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy
Establishing New Models for Equitable and Inclusive Stewardship (MD)
Develop a new model for Watershed Steward programs serving communities underrepresented in watershed stewardship activities across northern and western Anne Arundel County. Project will pilot a framework for environmental leadership among Spanish language speakers and communities of color to identify, design, and install community-led watershed improvement projects.

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States
Conservation Landscaping and Pollinator Habitat for Landowners and Landscapers (MD)
Improve 4 acres of degraded grassland habitat at Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Maryland to serve as a demonstration and training center for watershed restoration and stormwater management in the DC metro region. Project will recruit 150 local community members to install additional pollinator habitat and conservation landscaping in the broader Sligo Creek watershed.

Baltimore Green Space
Flood Mitigation and Forestry Care Strategies in Urban Baltimore (MD)
Enhance urban forestry efforts in Baltimore through improved urban forest management, community outreach and educational activities, and college-level field training. Project will engage 3,000 city residents through outreach and 600 volunteers in urban forestry programming in the city.

Baltimore Green Space
Restoration of Urban Forests (MD)
Engage 300 residents, 35 students and 50-100 volunteers in restoration activities, including tree plantings, removal of invasive plants and other outreach activities. Project will restore 2.5 acres of forest habitat in three Baltimore City community forests totaling 8 acres.

Blue Water Baltimore
Runoff Reduction in Baltimore (MD)
Install watershed restoration projects in Baltimore’s Howard Park and Coppin Heights and Ash-Co-East neighborhoods, empower individual homeowners to implement conservation practices, and engage residents in pollution detection and stream learning opportunities. Project will engage more than 900 community members and volunteers and improve stormwater management for nearly 4 acres of urban land in the city.

Center for Watershed Protection
Scaling Up Biochar Applications for Stormwater Runoff Reduction (multiple states)
Accelerate the rate and scale at which biochar amendments are applied in the urban landscape to support runoff reduction and improved water quality across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Project will secure new partners for widespread use of biochar amendments and provide technical assistance on sourcing and using certified biochar in a variety of urban applications.

Central Baltimore Partnership
Installing Stormwater Wetlands at Baltimore’s Union Collective (MD)
Install a stormwater wetland at Union Collective, a hub for independently owned, Baltimore-based businesses in the city’s Hampden neighborhood. Project will treat runoff from 2 acres of the Union Collective campus and further implementation of a nature-based infrastructure master plan developed for the campus.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Community-Based Shoreline Restoration (MD)
Identify, design, and permit a living shoreline project in the Harness Creek sub-watershed of the South River along Quiet Waters Park in Anne Arundel County. Project will project will target up to 500 linear feet of eroding shoreline and will incorporate a living oyster reef breakwater in the structural design to directly enhance critical habitat for oysters, fish, and invertebrates while mitigating shoreline erosion and marsh loss.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Expanding Rotational Grazing through the Mountains to Bay Grazing Alliance (MD, PA, VA, WV)
Expand the adoption of rotational grazing practices among dairy and livestock operations in the Shenandoah Valley, western and central Maryland, and southcentral Pennsylvania. Project will utilize conservation and farm networks to improve grazing management on 1,200 acres.

Chesapeake Conservancy
Creating a Community-Led Climate Resilience Workforce (MD)
Deploy community-led conservation crews in Baltimore City and Prince Georges and Howard counties focused on tree planting and maintenance, nature-based infrastructure improvements and maintenance, native habitat restoration, and other priority greening projects co-identified and prioritized with community stakeholders. Project will support 30 crew members over two 14-week deployments and result in planting of 1,800 trees.

Chesapeake Rivers Association
Transforming a Stormwater Pond Into a Wetland Complex (MD)
Retrofit an existing stormwater pond into a regenerative stormwater conveyance with integrated stream and wetland habitat. Project will create and enhance habitat, sequester carbon, improve water quality, mitigate flooding, provide resilience to the effects of climate change, and serve as a prototype for communities with clay core dams around the Chesapeake Bay.

City Neighbors Foundation
Implementing Nature-based Infrastructure Across City Neighbors Foundation Campuses (MD)
Install nature-based infrastructure practices at campuses of the City Neighbors Foundation across Baltimore. Project will treat stormwater runoff from 1 acre of impervious surfaces and enhance the Foundation’s experiential environmental education programs.

City of Annapolis
Restoring Living Shoreline and Enhancing Community Open Space in Hawkins Cove (MD)
Install a living shoreline to improve water quality, habitat, and resilience in Hawkins Cove and improve public access for the surrounding community. Project will engage 300 community members in project planning, design, and implementation.

City of Baltimore Planning Department
Reducing Stormwater Runoff and Supporting Black Businesses and Communities (MD)
Engage three East Baltimore neighborhoods and the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum to create a community-led stormwater management design to manage runoff in the community. Project will inform plans for a community-managed green space for use as a living classroom and other community needs.

Coastal Conservation Association Maryland
Restoring St. Mary’s River Oyster Sanctuary through Community Partnerships (MD)
Build and deploy oyster reef ball habitat in the St. Mary’s oyster sanctuary, one of five Maryland tributaries targeted for large-scale oyster reef restoration. Project will utilize community engagement to deploy more than 600 reef balls to serve as reef habitat for oyster populations in the St. Mary’s sanctuary.

College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Enhanced the RecFish Mobile Application in Response to Stakeholder Input - Phase II (MD, VA)
Enhance the functionality of the RecFish mobile application and database in response to stakeholder input. Project will develop features that allow invasive species alerting and reporting and facilitate more accurate reporting by recreational anglers and charter boat captains to continue effectively engaging recreational fishermen and managers.

Defensores de la Cuenca
Expanding Watershed Stewardship in the Patapsco and Anacostia Watersheds (MD)
Expand La Academia, a paid adult watershed training and stewardship program delivered in Spanish, in the Anacostia and Patapsco River watersheds. Project will pair culturally relevant education with hands-on experiences and culminate in completion of individually led stormwater improvement projects in local communities.

Ducks Unlimited
Accelerating Wetland Conservation for Black Duck on the Delmarva Peninsula (DE, MD, VA)
Support a Working Lands for Wildlife Farm Bill Biologist to continue and expand outreach efforts such as workshops and publications to reach a broader range of agricultural producers including those identified as historically underserved. Project will extend an existing partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to maximize landowner participation in NRCS wetland conservation program to benefit black ducks on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
Protecting Migration Between Blackwater and the Nanticoke River Watershed (MD)
Complete conservation easements in a critical wildlife habitat and marsh migration corridor between Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and the Nanticoke River watershed. Project will permanently protect 300 acres through strategic landowner outreach efforts and support long-term resilience of wildlife populations and critical ecosystems of the Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore.

Nature-based Infrastructure Training for Latino Landscape Professionals (DC, MD, VA)
Develop and implement a culturally relevant Spanish language nature-based infrastructure training for landscape professionals across Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Project will train 36 professionals and serve as a replicable model for engaging new communities in regional watershed restoration efforts.

Future Harvest
Nutrient and Sediment Reduction through Healthy Soils and Regenerative Agriculture (MD)
Catalyze nutrient and sediment reduction through healthy soils and regenerative agriculture in Maryland. Project will combine entry-level educational opportunities, advanced peer-to-peer learning; financial incentives for practice implementation; state-specific economic case studies; and vouchers for technical assistance to support the adoption of soil health management systems.

GreenTrust Alliance
Piney Point Living Shoreline and Habitat Restoration Project (MD)
Design an ecologically holistic and innovative approach to provide shoreline stabilization and essential habitat at Piney Point by using natural structures and shellfish habitat structures like oyster reef balls. Project will result in plans for establishing a functional tidal marsh with a dynamic and resilient shoreline.

Howard EcoWorks
Transforming Urban Lands to Improve Resilience, Biodiversity, Water Quality (MD)
Install tree plantings, perennial agricultural plantings, and conservation landscaping in historically underserved areas across the greater Baltimore region. Project will treat polluted stormwater runoff from nearly 5 acres and advance community engagement in local conservation projects.

Lower Shore Land Trust
Implementing the Delmarva Restoration and Conservation Network Strategic Plan (MD)
Support the coordination of the Delmarva Restoration and Conservation Network (DRCN), a cross-sector collaborative working to address habitat loss, climate resiliency, under-resourced communities, and water quality improvement on the Delmarva Peninsula. Project will directly support implementation of the Network’s Conservation and Restoration Strategic Action Plan.

Coordinating American Oystercatcher Recovery and Conservation along the Atlantic Coast (multiple states)
Coordinate the American Oystercatcher recovery initiative, conduct a range-wide aerial survey to count all wintering oystercatchers along the Southeast Atlantic and Gulf coasts (United States), and reduce the impact of predators and human disturbance on populations of coastal breeding shorebirds. Project will support the goals of the Atlantic Flyway Business Plan by creating a framework for long-term protection, restoration, and creation of shorebird habitat at key sites.

Maryland Reentry Resource Center Inc.
Creating a Restoration Resource Workforce through Reentry Partnerships (MD)
Provide nature-based infrastructure and conservation landscaping training through partnership with the Maryland Reentry Resource Center and Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council. Project will enhance conservation-related reentry opportunities and support tree planting and maintenance of existing nature-based infrastructure across Anne Arundel County.

National Wildlife Federation
Building and Advancing Capacity of Chesapeake Nonprofits to Accelerate Water Quality Improvements (multiple states) (MD)
Coordinate efforts to create a more inclusive and diverse Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration movement and support regional and watershed-wide convenings to improve collaboration and impact among nearly 300 nonprofits working towards Bay restoration.

National Wildlife Federation
Creating Pollinator Habitat and Enhancing Food Security in Baltimore (MD)
Create and enhance pollinator habitat around urban agriculture and nursery sites in Baltimore in partnership with community-based organizations. Project will improve conservation landscaping and pollinator habitat for more than 2 acres at six sites across the city.

New Jersey Audubon Society
Surveying American Horseshoe Crab for Red Knot Conservation (Multiple States)
Implement surveys and recovery metrics used in Delaware Bay to characterize and track the status of horseshoe crab populations in six Atlantic Coast states. Project will inform natural resource agencies, supporting the recovery of horseshoe crab populations outside of Delaware Bay, with a goal of rebuilding a network of shorebird stopovers, and advancing the recovery of rufa red knot and other Arctic-nesting shorebirds.

Oyster Recovery Partnership
Collaboratively Developing Long-Term Oyster Restoration Plans (MD)
Galvanize collaborative efforts to restore oyster populations in Eastern Bay on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Project will establish stakeholder goals and objectives for long-term oyster population efforts, utilize new sonar maps to delineate oyster habitat, and generate local stewardship through community engagement and education.

Expanding Community Nature-based Infrastructure and Urban Tree Canopy (MD)
Increase greenspace, sustainability, and community ownership in East Baltimore by restoring a contaminated vacant lot into a safe and community-friendly urban garden and conservation landscape and removing impervious surfaces to plant native shade trees on residential streets. Project will convert more than a half acre of vacant lot into a community greenspace and engage 200 community members and volunteers in project planning, design, and implementation.

Severn River Association
Severn River Watershed Action Plan Development (MD)
Build capacity in the Severn River watershed to implement future on-the-ground water quality and habitat restoration actions. Project will develop a long-term strategy for action plan development that prioritizes subwatersheds for protection and restoration and conduct assessments and develop an action plan for one priority subwatershed.

Engaging the Next Generation of Land Stewards in Agricultural Conservation (MD)
Engage Eastern Shore landowners most receptive to new information and ideas by convening a cohort of Next Generation Land Stewards, new or upcoming landowners, to gather with local agricultural conservation professionals to share information, resources, and expertise around land stewardship. Project will connect Stewards with local experts, create an inclusive learning space, and help them navigate the resources and programs available for conservation work on agricultural land in the region.

South Baltimore Gateway Partnership
Designing a Middle Branch Resiliency Initiative in Harbor Hospital Wetlands (MD)
Design a living shoreline and finalize plans to re-establish 7 acres of aquatic habitat for migratory birds along the North Atlantic Flyway and protect a waterfront hospital in Baltimore City, Maryland. Project will reduce the risk of coastal flooding, increase resiliency to sea-level rise in vulnerable areas, and restore habitat for wildlife.

St. Mary’s County DPW&T
Piney Point Lighthouse and Museum Shoreline Restoration (MD)
Enhance shoreline resiliency to erosion, flooding and sea-level rise through shoreline stabilization and tidal wetland enhancement. Project will construct a 1,100 linear foot living shoreline with climate-resilient natural features at the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park.

Sustainable Chesapeake
Improving Nutrient Management Programs through Collaboration (multiple states)
Improve nutrient management program delivery by facilitating collaboration among nutrient management leaders throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. Project will improve collaboration among land grant universities in the region, working across state lines with those leading the development of agricultural nutrient management recommendations across the watershed.

The Corps Network
Engaging Young People in Conservation and Natural Resource Implementation
Advance Conservation Corps development and implementation and expansion across the Forest Service and sister land management agencies. Project will enroll a young, talented person to provide critical staff capacity will advance two essential priorities for the Service – climate and engaging diverse citizens in conservation action.

The Neighborhood Design Center
Nature-based Infrastructure Inventory, Design, and Asset Management (MD)
Design nature-based infrastructure and maintenance plans for three Prince George’s County Public Schools that will act as a pilot for a school-system wide nature-based infrastructure asset design and management process. Project will provide plans that prioritize managing and reducing stormwater runoff, protect and enhance native flora and fauna, improve campuses’ climate resilience, and engage school community members in environmental stewardship.

The Neighborhood Design Center
Port Towns Urban Forestry Inventory and Management Plans (MD)
Complete a community-informed street tree inventory, assessment, and design process for three of Prince Georges County’s Port Towns communities. Project will deliver a plan, maps, recommendations for future plantings, and additional supporting materials for improving and maintaining new and existing tree canopy in public spaces.

The Neighborhood Design Center
Prince George’s County Municipal Stormwater Maintenance Training Pilot (MD)
Convene four Prince George’s County municipalities to form a Public Works Department training and maintenance schedule. Project will provide training by local stormwater engineering experts and uniform maintenance schedules customized to each municipality’s inventory of stormwater management practices.

The Neighborhood Design Center
Seat Pleasant and Fairmount Heights Urban Forestry Management Plans (MD)
Complete a community-engaged street tree inventory, assessment, and design process for the Seat Pleasant and Fairmont Heights communities in Maryland. Project will provide plans, maps, recommendations for future plantings, and additional supporting materials for improving and maintaining new and existing tree canopy in public spaces.

Town of Charlestown
Charlestown Water Quality Retrofits (MD)
Design retrofits for existing stormwater management facilities and a concept-level stream restoration project on and adjacent to the city-owned recreation facilities. Project will work to achieve stated goals in the Town of Charlestown Stormwater Vulnerability and Floodplain Management Assessment and the Northeast River Watershed Assessment Priority Sites Re-Evaluation Report, both completed in 2019.

Trout Unlimited
Accelerating Water Quality Improvements and Supporting Conservation Collaboratives (MD, PA, VA, WV)
Support restoration efforts and the assessment and further development of conservation collaboratives, programs, and services within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed region. Project will result in improved water quality in focal watersheds, increased capacity to deliver watershed scale conservation services in the region, engagement of future environmental stewards, and the long-term monitoring and maintenance of conservation projects.

Trout Unlimited
Restoring Riparian Buffers to Bolster Freshwater Species in the Upper Casselman River (MD, PA)
Restore riparian buffers, implement conservation practices on agricultural lands, and reforest abandoned mine lands in the Upper Casselman River. Project will bolster brook trout, hellbender, and mussel populations in the watershed; reduce the impacts of sedimentation; and establish early successional habitat for golden-winged warbler.

University System of Maryland Foundation
Developing Equitable Nature-based Infrastructure for the Port Towns of Prince George’s County (MD)
Develop and pilot implementation of a Walkable Watershed Plan for the Port Towns of Prince George’s County, improving municipal collaboration and shared planning for coordinated habitat restoration, resilience, and stormwater management efforts. Project will engage 150 community members in both English and Spanish language events to help inform community goals and interests for local watershed restoration.