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SPECIAL ISSUE: CHESAPEAKE & ATLANTIC COASTAL BAYS
 TRUST FUND EDITION
IN THE ZONE is a service from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Chesapeake & Coastal Program (CCP) that delivers timely information, tools and resources to those who live, work and play in Maryland's coastal zone. 
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CHESAPEAKE & ATLANTIC COASTAL BAYS TRUST FUND NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR STATE FISCAL YEAR 2012 

rfp coverThe State of Maryland and its Partners are soliciting proposals from local governments and non-governmental organizations to implement the non-point source pollution control projects as identified in the State's 2-Year Milestone in priority geographic areas to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Coastal Bays and local water quality. The Local Implementation Grant, part of the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, provides funding for projects that improve water quality by reducing nitrogen, phosphorus and/or sediment pollution and that help to achieve the State's 2-Year Milestone.  Expected annual funding amounts range from $1 million to $5 million annually per proposal.  Multi-year proposals up to three years are welcomed.  These grants provide an opportunity for locally driven initiatives to improve water quality close to home and the Bay.  The deadline is 5:00 p.m., May 28, 2010.

 

Click here to see the full press release.

Click here to access the RFP and supporting documents.

  
Local governments and NGOs that are interested in responding to the Request for Proposals or with questions can contact Jenn Raulin with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources at 410.260.8745.
TRUST FUND PROPOSAL WORKSHOPS OFFERED 
 

Through the Watershed Assistance Collaborative, the State and its partners are offering training opportunities through workshops to those interested in applying or learning more about the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. Hosted and coordinated by University of Maryland SeaGrant Extension, two workshops will be held to provide a detailed walk through of the RFP and information on technical assistance available when preparing a proposal.  These workshops offer an opportunity to get your questions answered and meet with your Regional Watershed Restoration Specialists who will be on hand to assist in proposal development if needed.  The workshops will be held on March 19 at the 4-H Center in College Park, and on March 23 at the Wye Research Center in Queenstown.  Both workshops start at 10 a.m. and run to 12 p.m.  Registration is open and a webinar registration is available for those who cannot attend in person.  Can't make it in March?  The webinar will be posted shortly after the workshops for you to view online.

 

Note: Webinar and in-person registration forms are different.  Please be sure to choose the appropriate form for your needs.

 

To register for March 19 Webinar, click here.

To register for March 19 In-person Workshop click here.
To register for March 23 Webinar, click here.
To register for March 23 In-person Workshop, click here.
 

For more information, please e-mail Jennifer Dindinger with UMD Extension or call her at 410.827.8056, x126.

DON'T FORGET: WATERSHED ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS UNTIL APRIL 2!

 

While the intention of the Local Implementation Grant is to fund "shovel-ready" projects, resources are available for planning and design through the Watershed Assistance Grant Program (WAGP).  Part of the Watershed Assistance Collaborative, and led by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the purpose of the WAGP is to provide funding assistance at the earliest phases of restoration.  The WAGP for the Spring, 2010 cycle is now open and proposals must be received by 5:00 pm April 2, 2010. Click here for more information. 

TRUST FUND PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: LITTLE PATUXENT RESTORATION PARTNERS

 

quote 3Selected for funding through the 2008 Local Implementation Grant, Howard County and the Columbia Association have been ramping up their restoration efforts due in part to the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund.  With $340,000 in SFY09, the partners were able to begin base line monitoring and a stream stabilization project.  A significant increase in funding for SFY10 allowed for significantly more implementation: 18 nonpoint source pollution reduction projects will begin in the Little Patuxent, including an outreach component coordinated by the area's Regional Watershed Restoration Specialist, Amanda Rockler, for a total of $1.3M.  This impressive effort is not just a result of the Trust Fund though; both Howard County and the Columbia Association have made local watershed restoration a priority and have provided significant match to this initiative as well as fast-tracking project designs for implementation in the near future.  The partnerships that are working in this watershed, including local entities, the State, and the Watershed Assistance Collaborative, is reflective of what the Governor had envisioned for the Trust Fund - everyone doing their part to improve water quality in Maryland.

work plan cover2011 TRUST FUND WORK AND EXPENDITURE PLAN NOW AVAILABLE

 

Interested in learning more about the Little Patuxent and other initiatives supported by the Trust Fund?  The 2011 Trust Fund Work and Expenditure Plan is now available.This report, submitted annually to the State Legislature and along with the Governor's budget reports on what happened in 2009, what is happening now and what we plan to do in 2011.  The workplan is consistent with the Governor's Fiscal Year 2011 budget and outlines how the State plans to expend $20M next year.

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources

A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No.NA09NOS4190170. 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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