In 2007, Maryland General Assembly took a bold step in their efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay with the creation of the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund (Trust Fund). The Trust Fund represents an innovative approach to leverage resources, focus funds to the most cost-effective, efficient locations and practices, engage the community, and hold everyone accountable. Guided by the BayStat Agencies and the Scientific Advisory Panel, the Trust Fund continually adapts to incorporate new scientific advances and knowledge.
The Innovative Technology Fund, a partnership between Maryland DNR, the University of Maryland and the Environmental Protection Agency, is continuing to accelerate Bay restoration through the development of new technologies. Learn more here.
In order to invest in the most cost-effective measures for the State, Trust Fund partners leverage a variety of local funds to ensure project success. From FY 09 – FY 14, the Trust Fund leveraged nearly $110 M.
The Trust Fund projects have involved over 30,000 students in restoration projects across the State. Additionally, the $100 M in General Obligation Bonds will create and support 1167 jobs in the State, improving local economies and growing green infrastructure. (Job data from DBM based on jobs per million invested)
Every year, the Scientific Advisory Panel meets to discuss Trust Fund priorities based on the latest scientific advances. The Panel recommends geographic targeting methodology, best management practices, and monitoring protocols in order to ensure funding of the most efficient and cost-effective projects. The current geographic targeting map uses SPARROW v4 data – to interact with the map, please click here.
The Trust Fund has a suite of web-based platforms to track the funding and project impact.
Interested in the Annual Work Plan and the projects awarded?
Visit the Trust Fund Tracker
Want to see the impact and status of each project?
Visit the Restoration Report
Curious about water quality projects being implemented near you?
View the Trust Fund Mapper
Are the projects working? Is the water getting cleaner?
Learn more about Trust Fund Monitoring
Technical Assistance through the Watershed Assistance Collaborative
The Watershed Assistance Collaborative offers funding for technical assistance, outreach and training opportunities, and on-the-ground personnel to augment local level nonpoint source activities and projects. For more information on the Collaborative, please click here.
The County continues to look for ways to leverage our existing dollars allocated to restoration projects. We will continue to look to the 2010 Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund to assist us in restoration projects that result in cleaner and healthier streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay.
Janis Markusic, Project Manager Anne Arundel County
Chesapeake & Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building, E-2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401