Putting the Resources at the Level Where the Work Gets Done
In recognition that not all jurisdictions currently have the capacity to implement large-scale non-point source restoration and protection efforts, Marylandís State agencies, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program, University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center, NOAA and the EPA joined together to create the Watershed Assistance Collaborative (Collaborative) in the Fall of 2008. The Collaborative is a partnership that provides services and technical assistance to communities to advance restoration activities and projects. By leveraging resources of existing programs, the Watershed Assistance Collaborative exists to provide coordinated capacity building opportunities to local implementers.
Communities interested in undertaking comprehensive watershed protection and restoration activities are encouraged to take advantage of the services offered through this partnership. The Collaborative offers the tools, resources and outreach needed to work toward large nonpoint source pollution implementation and restoration efforts.
Local communities interested in learning how the Collaborative can connect them to the financial and technical resources they need to undertake comprehensive watershed restoration projects in Maryland, please fill out the Request for Resources & Services Form. For more information, e-mail Jennifer Raulin with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service or call 410-260-8745.
Planning & Design Grants
Learn about the planning and design assistance available for protection and restoration projects, through our partnership with Chesapeake Bay Trust, that lead to improved water quality in Maryland.
Find out about the project management and coordination assistance available through the Collaborative, in partnership with Maryland Sea Grant, for implementation efforts in Maryland.
Stormwater Financing and Outreach
Learn how the Collaborative, in partnership with Maryland Environmental Finance Center, assists with project implementation, watershed plan development, stakeholder development and financing strategies.
In partnership with Marylandís Coastal Training Program, the Collaborative has expanded its services to provide training to local government staff.
Watershed Assistance Collaborative Provides Stormwater Management Trainings
Seven jurisdictions participate in Stormwater Management & Financing series
The Watershed Assistance Collaborative has recently expanded its partnership to provide additional services to local governments seeking assistance in achieving their local watershed restoration goals. The Collaborative, and its newest partner, the Maryland Coastal Training Program, now provides hands-on trainings targeted at local government staff. Based on feedback received from the Spring 2012 Collaborative forum, the first training series focused on stormwater management and financing. Click Here to read more about the Stormwater Trainings and to view the full April In The Zone issue.