Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Service News - February 2013

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Volume 5, Issue 3  

February 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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Stormwater financing service offered through the Watershed Assistance Collaborative  


The town of Berlin passed historic legislation on January 28, 2013 that will help reduce flooding and clean up area rivers and streams. The new ordinance will create a stormwater utility for Berlin,

Photo by UMD's Environmental Finance Center

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.


"I applaud Berlin for its progressive action in moving Maryland toward restoring our Chesapeake and Coastal Bays," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "Through this utility, the people of Berlin are doing their part to protect our State's natural treasures for generations to come."


The utility will generate $570,000 annually for capital projects to help curb flooding, reduce erosion and polluted runoff, and combat property damage. Berlin decided to institute a utility in response to a University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center (EFC) study on how the town should best handle stormwater and flooding issues.  Click here to read the full press release.


As a partner of the Watershed Assistance Collaborative, the Environmental Finance Center helps municipalities assess various financing options to promote best practices in stormwater management while addressing multiple community priorities such as increased green space, decreased infrastructure costs, and improved water quality.  A feasibility study for the town was completed in 2011. In addition to building a financing strategy, the Unit also helped conduct community outreach on the need for sustainable financing for stormwater management. 


For more information on stormwater financing and other services available through the Watershed Assistance Collaborative, please contact Jennifer Raulin with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8745 or


Solicitation for proposals under the Stream Restoration Challenge re-opened by Gov. O'Malley


The Stream Restoration Challenge is once again accepting applications from local governments, school systems, and non-governmental organizations looking to carry out projects to improve

Photo by Lori Livingston

Chesapeake Bay water quality and create service learning and environmental literacy activities for students.


"The Stream Restoration Challenge will help our students and other citizens understand watershed issues and the importance of establishing and protecting healthy, thriving forests along our streams, rivers and bays," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "Through these projects we are not only improving water quality today, we are also inspiring the stewards of tomorrow."


After the Challenge launch and initial call for proposals in August 2012, the State selected 29 submissions. The chosen projects will establish or extend 360 acres of critical streamside forests, and engage and educate more than 13,300 students in every phase of the restoration process. Proposals are chosen based on how effective, efficient and economical they will be, and the level of student participation they will support.   


The Arbor Day Foundation has partnered with the program to help provide tree seedlings for the restoration projects. The Foundation and its partners work nationwide to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.


"We're excited to join Maryland partners and residents in answering the call of the Stream Restoration Challenge, a high-impact replanting effort vital to the conservation of the Chesapeake Bay," said Dan Lambe, vice president of programs for the Arbor Day Foundation.


Click here to view the Request for Proposals.


For more information on the Stream Restoration Challenge or the Request for Proposals, please contact Gabe Cohee with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8753 or


Federal regulatory managers and staff tour seven RSC systems across the Bay watershed 


Photo by Catherine Shanks

On January 23rd, State and Federal agency regulatory staff toured 7 sites where Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance Systems (RSC) are either in place or proposed, including Howard's Branch in Anne Arundel County, a system that has been in place for 10 years.


During the tour, a variety of sites were selected to show the practice components, approach and application. About 30 people participated in the event, braving one of the coldest days in January. Researchers and stream restoration practitioners also attended to share their experiences and answer questions throughout the day. The tour provided an excellent opportunity to discuss experience in designing, installing and monitoring this type of restoration approach.


The RSC approach has also been referred to as coastal plain outfalls, regenerative step pool storm conveyance, and biofiltration conveyance. The recent report by the Chesapeake Bay Program's Urban  Stream Restoration Panel separated RSCs into two separate categories of stream restoration - Dry Channel RSC and Wet Channel RSC. Dry channel designs rely on a combination of a sand filter, micro bioretention, and wetland micro-pools. They involve restoration of ephemeral streams or eroding gullies using a combination of step pools, sand seepage wetlands, and native plants. These applications are often located at the end of storm drain outfalls or channels. Wet channel RSCs are located further down the perennial stream network and use in stream weirs to spread storm flows across the floodplain at moderate increases in the stream stage. Wet channel RSC may also include sand seepage wetlands or other wetland types in the floodplain that increase floodplain connection or interactions with the stream.


RSC technology is growing in popularity for addressing stream and storm conveyance erosion issues. RSC applications are a growing tool in the menu of options for counties, municipalities and other organizations to use to meet the Bay TMDL pollution diet requirements and State and local Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) goals.


For more information on RSC systems and other DNR restoration efforts, please contact Catherine Shanks with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8718 or

County Department of Environmental Protection receives $19.8M for stormwater management projects
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Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection has received a grant from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund to construct and implement storm water management projects in the Anacostia River and Rock Creek Watersheds, in coordination with other local, state and federal partners. Click here to read the full press release.
Funding for these projects were provided via capital funds administered through the Trust Fund.  The addition of capital funds in SFY13 boosted the Trust Fund to $63M, providing much needed funds to local communities to support their restoration goals.  The Trust Fund's proposed budget for SFY14 includes an additional $27.5M to directly fund projects associated with the implementation of Local Watershed Implementation Plans.

For more information on this project or the Trust Fund, please contact Jennifer Raulin with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8745 or
450-foot wetlands boardwalk increases access at county park  
Photo by South River Source


Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary's Glendening Preserve has a new boardwalk that affords spectacular views of the marshes along the Patuxent River. The boardwalk, which can be accessed from the Cliff Trail, was constructed with the help of volunteers and through grants from NOAA and the Friends of Jug Bay.


Click here to read more about the boardwalk dedication.


The Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is one of three components of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

(CBNERR-MD). Operated by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Park, the Sanctuary is 1,600 acres of tidal freshwater wetlands, forests, meadows, and fields along the Patuxent River. It is located in Lothian, southern Anne Arundel County, 20 miles east of Washington D.C. and 18 miles south of Annapolis.


For more information on the boardwalk dedication or stewardship activities at CBNERR-MD sites, please contact Chris Snow with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8731 or
Workshops hosted by CCS to help inform regional ocean and coastal planning decisions

Photo by Chris Cortina

Maryland's ocean waters and the Atlantic Coastal Bays are rich in natural resources and teeming with human activity. Many of those activities are increasing - especially shipping, energy development, and tourism. In order to ensure continued enjoyment of our resources and to support healthy growth, now and in the future, Maryland recognizes the importance of engaging all ocean users to create a comprehensive understanding of the resources and demands off our coast. A better understanding of how, where, and when Maryland's waters are used for recreational activities will help the state, and the Mid-Atlantic region, better plan for existing and emerging uses and ensure the enjoyment of our waters for generations to come.


On January 9 and 10, Chesapeake & Coastal Service staff partnered with NOAA's Coastal Services Center, The Nature Conservancy, and representatives from neighboring states involved in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) to conduct two day-long recreational use mapping workshops at Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, MD.  Over 30 invited stakeholders, with a keen interest in Maryland's coast, attended the workshops to share information on how the public uses the Atlantic coast and Coastal Bays so recreational uses could be mapped to inform coastal and ocean planning efforts for Maryland waters. Stakeholder groups represented included: commercial and recreational fishing; charter and recreational boating; the US Coast Guard; the National Park Service; state resources experts with the Natural Resources Police, Fisheries; local government; Non- governmental organizations; citizens and business owners.


The mapping workshops were conducted using a technique that allows users to draw and annotate areas important to them on a map that is projected on a wall or screen. An electronic pen enabled each participant's drawings to be captured directly into a Geographic Information System (GIS), later supplemented with notes taken by staff. This technique, called Participatory GIS (PGIS), has already been used in Virginia for the same purpose and was conducted in Delaware shortly after Maryland's workshops. New Jersey is slated to conduct its PGIS workshops in 2013.


In the months following Maryland's workshops, CCS staff will be reviewing and processing the data and notes collected. Participants will be invited to review and comment on a draft product before the information is made available to the public and to planners to help reduce conflicts on our coastal waters, maximize efficiency, and enhance environmental and economic productivity. The final GIS layers produced from the workshops will be added to Maryland's Coastal Atlas and to MARCO's online regional mapping portal.


All partners involved in planning and hosting the events were extremely pleased with the turnout and workshop outcomes. The diverse representation of stakeholders should result in robust and highly informative data sets.   


For more information on these workshops or Maryland's ocean planning efforts, please contact Catherine McCall with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8737 or

Informal roundtable will discuss the long term survival of small land trusts

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) is hosting an informal roundtable discussion on the capacity and long term survival of small land trusts.  


Attendees will explore what capacity means for land trusts, including the future of monitoring permanent conservation easements and stewardship funding.



Who: Land trust staff, board members, volunteers; Others interested in land conservation

What: Latest in a series of MET Roundtables

When: Thursday, March 14 from 12 to 2 p.m.

Where: Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes (Baltimore County)

Cost: Free.  MET will provide lunch.


Reservations are required and seating is limited so please RSVP by March 7, 2013, to Michelle Johnson at  


"Project Design and Evaluation: Restoration Framework" training will be offered as part of the Society for Ecological Restoration's Annual Conference


The Maryland Coastal Training Program in partnership with the Society for Ecological Restoration-Mid-Atlantic (SER) and the NOAA Coastal Services Center is hosting the training "Project Design and Evaluation: Restoration Framework," as part of SER Mid-Atlantic's Annual Conference on March 28-30, 2013 in College Park.  The training is offered on March 28, 2013 and you have the option of attending just the training or the whole conference.  


This interactive, full-day workshop offers restoration practitioners valuable knowledge, skills, and tools to design targeted projects with successful outcomes. The workshop is not intended to present the nuts and bolts of restoration planning, but rather a planning framework that will increase project success.


When:              Thursday, March 28, 2013, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Where:             Riggs Center, University of Maryland - College Park

To Register:     Click here to register for the training.  Space is limited, so register early.

Cost:                $55  


Click here to learn more about the SER Mid-Atlantic's conference. 


To learn more about the "Project Design and Evaluation: Restoration Framework" training or Maryland's Coastal Training Program please contact Sasha Land with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8718 or


Amy Scaroni and Krisztian Varsa join the Watershed Restoration Specialist Team 


Photo by UMD Extension

In partnership with the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program, the Watershed Assistance Collaborative is providing "on the ground" personnel to local and county governments and their partners to accelerate nonpoint source pollution reduction efforts. Watershed Restoration Specialists also work with communities to foster outreach, capacity building and ensure project evaluation and success.  


One of the two newest Watershed Restoration Specialists, Amy Scaroni (Ph.D.), began work in November for the Upper Eastern Shore Cluster and is located at the Wye Research and Education Center. With degrees from Penn State, College of Charleston, and LSU, Amy has studied both the science and policy issues surrounding watersheds, water quality, and sustainable development in several very distinct regions of the Country.


Originally from central Pennsylvania, Amy is excited to return to her roots in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. She already feels at home in her new role, noting, "I look forward to serving the communities of the Eastern Shore, and feel very fortunate to work in a beautiful region with such warm and welcoming people." She comes to us most recently from NOAA Sea Grant in Silver Spring, Maryland, where, as a Knauss Sea Grant Fellow, she worked to elevate Sea Grant's impacts in the theme areas of Healthy Coastal Ecosystems and Safe and Sustainable Seafood to national prominence. In her free time, you will likely find Amy wandering the woods, paddling the shoreline, eating local cuisine, and documenting it all with her camera.


Photo by UMD Extension 
Also joining the Watershed Restoration Specialist team is Krisztian Varsa who is working out of the Baltimore County Extension Office and is covering the Northern Maryland Cluster.  Krisztian graduated from Cornell University with an M.R.P. in Urban Planning and is excited to return home to Maryland's watersheds.  

Krisztian joins us most recently from Missoula, Montana where he enjoyed introducing students to technical knowledge as the director for the Computer Aided Design Program for Missoula College. When returning to Maryland Krisztian stated, "I am humbled to join this passionate and effective team of Watershed Restoration Specialists and look forward to collaborating with Northern Cluster communities and organizations to improve our local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay." When he is not "extending" you can find Krisztian growing vegetables, in the stream fly fishing, and getting involved in community events in Baltimore.


Click here to learn more about how your county's watershed specialist can provide assistance in your community.


For more information on the Watershed Restoration Specialists or the Collaborative, please contact Jennifer Raulin with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8745 or

Jackie Koehn joins Habitat Restoration and Conservation group 
Jackie on site.

The Chesapeake & Coastal Service is pleased to welcome Jackie Koehn to our team as CCS's new Natural Resources Technician.  


Jackie graduated from Elon University in 2010 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a double minor in statistics and in leadership. In August of 2012, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Master's of Earth and Environmental Resource Management. The objective of Jackie's thesis was to better quantify hydrologic function between the Four Hole Swamp floodplain and adjacent upland by measuring and mapping shallow water table dynamics and hydrology over a seven-month period. Her interests include wetland ecology and conservation, watershed management, and stream restoration.


As the newest member of the CCS team, Jackie will be assisting the Shoreline Conservation Program with data collection, field inspections, permit applications, compiling reports, and other duties. Jackie can be reached at 410-260-8799 or  

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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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