News from the DNR Office of Communications

Watershed Assistance Grant Program Now Taking Applications

Annapolis, MD (February 1, 2010) — Local governments, communities and non-governmental organizations are invited to apply for the next round of Watershed Assistance Grants for watershed planning and design. The next application deadline for these grants is April 2, 2010. The program is administered by The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Chesapeake and Coastal Program and the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

“These grants give Marylanders the opportunity to move forward with projects that will have an impact both at the local level and statewide,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Together as one Maryland we can meet our goals, improve the water quality in the Bay for generations of Marylanders to come.”

Qualifying projects will support the State’s goal to restore water quality in our rivers and Bays and help meet the Maryland’s two year milestones. Governor O’Malley announced a suite of ambitious 2-year milestones in May to accelerate Maryland’s on the ground efforts to reach its current nutrient reduction goals by a newly established end date of 2020. The Governor made the announcement at the 26th meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council, the multi-jurisdictional partnership that coordinates regional Bay restoration programming.

The Watershed Assistance Grant Program is a major component of the Watershed Assistance Collaborative - a partnership that advances and promotes readiness of communities to apply for restoration and protection grants from the state, federal and/or private agencies.

To date, the program has provided more than $300,000 for watershed planning and design grants.

For more information, visit the Chesapeake Bay Trust website at: or contact Carrie Decker at DNR. 410-260-8723.

   February 1, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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