Recent News

Pocomoke River Restoration Project: Enhancing resiliency to climate variability and flooding

Pocomoke River Flooding 

The Pocomoke River Restoration project is a partnership between the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Read more...

CCS Restoration Reports

Visit the Trust Fund Tracker to learn about restoration projects funded through the Trust Fund.

Check us out on Flickr
Visit our Flickr page to view restoration project photos.

Contact Information
Chesapeake & Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building, E2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapoli​s, Maryland 21401
Phone 410-260-8732
Fax 410-260-8739


Habitat Restoration and Conservation

The Chesapeake & Coastal Service provides the science and technical services that State and local partners need in order to meet their water quality and habitat restoration goals. CCS works with federal, state and local governments, conservation groups and private citizens to apply innovative best management practices that reduce harmful run-off from entering the State’s waters.

The goals of our habitat conservation and restoration efforts are to:

  • Improve tidal shoreline habitat and protect shorelines using innovative restoration techniques
  • Restore degraded wetlands and protect existing ones
  • Establish riparian buffers along the State’s waterways
  • Assist in reforestation of fallow and degraded fields
  • Stabilize and restore stream corridors
  • Identify and implement stormwater practices on state lands
  • Engage communities in on-the-ground restoration

What We Do

Living shorelines are the result of applying erosion control measures that include a suite of techniques which can be used to minimize coastal erosion and maintain coastal process. Living Shorelines can be very effective and can be implemented on virtually any shoreline property. Assistance is provided by CCS’s Shoreline Conservation Service staff through site visits and evaluations, problem assessments and recommended solutions. For more information contact Bhaskar Subramanian at (410) 260-8786.

Natural Filters

CCS leads the effort for implementing the Natural Filters on Public Lands Two-Year Milestone. This effort includes the identification of “Natural Filters” projects on all public lands (federal,state, local) and provides technical assistance and funding to those who are eligible to implement on- the-ground restoration in the form of riparian buffers (grass and trees), wetlands, reforestation, and other forms of bio-remediation. For more information contact Catherine Shanks at or (410) 260-8717.

Shoreline Conservation Service

Provides technical and financial assistance to Maryland property owners in resolving shoreline and stream bank erosion problems. Assistance is provided through site visits and evaluations, problem assessments and recommended solutions. For more information contact Bhaskar Subramanian at or (410) 260-8786.

Stormwater Nutrient Abatement Program (SNAP)

Identifies and implements new stormwater practices on Maryland State Park lands as well as other state facilities. Staff works to identify large areas of impervious surface (e.g. parking lots, roads, buildings) and recommend best management practices that reduce runoff. For more information contact Claudia Donegan at or (410) 260-8768.

Community Restoration Program

Works to strengthen public outreach and engagement in on-the-ground restoration as well as increase locally led restoration projects. Staff provides assistance to local governments, watershed groups and community organizations in aligning restoration efforts with the Chesapeake Bay TMDL effort and Watershed Implementation Plan goals. For more information contact Claudia Donegan at or (410) 260-8768.

Maryland’s Ecosystem Enhancement (ME2)

The ME2 program provides a better model for mitigation in the State by targeting our limited resources (funding) towards mitigation that enhances Bay Restoration. CCS staff works with other state agencies to construct agricultural BMP’s in areas targeted as having a high ecological value, thereby providing the best practice (BMP) in the best location and accelerating restoration. For more information contact Catherine Shanks at or (410) 260-8717.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Mobile Restoration App

  • MD Restoration App is updated and recently launched in the Apple and Google Play Store.
  • The general public can now download the app and review all submitted data on the restoration map or learn about the app and view the map at our general webpage
  • The App has a MapplerK tutorial on how to use and view
  • Partners and staff can enter data on the app – using user name and password log-in: mddnr / mappler.   In choosing our features, we wanted to be able to filter for serious restoration partners and to ensure information is accurate by managing users who are allowed to upload and edit data.
  • Partners can request a user name and password via email to the administrator – Claudia Donegan or Kevin Coyne at and submit, view and edit data on the webpage using their user name / password.
  • Admin username and password log in for DNR staff and partners at –  is granted upon requestThis admin edit solution allows multiple tracking and sorting options such as the ability to screen and add app users, delete and update information, sort projects by user identification or full name, and view data by A-Z location names through using Excel.

Maryland Restoration App User Help Guide for iPhone

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Mobile Restoration App;