Governor O'Malley Proposes More Than $52 Million to Advance Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts in FY 2013 Budget
Annapolis, Md. (February 2, 2012) ─ Governor Martin O'Malley has proposed more than $52 million in fiscal year 2013 funding for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. This number is practically double last year’s, with an additional $27.8 million provided by the Capital Budget. The dedicated fund supports projects designed to reduce nonpoint source pollution, such as polluted runoff, that reaches the Chesapeake Bay.
“Maryland is committed to restoring the Chesapeake Bay,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “The State has reserved more than triple the funding for local stormwater projects over last year, which will improve water quality and support over 300 jobs.”
The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund was created in 2007 to provide dedicated funding for the most cost efficient Bay restoration practices, targeted to areas where pollution reductions will be most effective.
The Trust Fund is made up of monies generated through motor fuel tax and rental car tax in Maryland. Now in its fourth year, the Fund has targeted a total of $58.15 million to date for projects that reduce nonpoint source pollution: $23.5 million in FY 2012; $22.7 million in FY 2011; $7.3 million in FY 2010; $9.6 million in FY 2009. This funding has prevented more than 3.5 million pounds of nitrogen, more than 330,000 pounds of phosphorous and more than 470 tons of sediment from entering local watersheds and harming the Bay.
“The Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund has been a tremendous asset to us,” said Mark Richmond, P.E., Bureau of Environmental Services of Howard County. “By supplementing the County’s capital funds for watershed improvement projects, the grant has allowed us to accelerate our schedule for getting much needed water quality improvement projects in the ground.”
Highlights for fiscal year 2013 include:
- $2.20 million for Agricultural Technical Assistance, a $1.6 million increase over last year, to create 23 new Soil Conservation District positions (39 in total supported through the Trust Fund) to assist the farming community in implementing best management practices.
- $12 million for Cover Crop Implementation to support Maryland’s FY12-13 milestone goal of planting 355,000 acres of cover crops annually.
- $8.97 million for Installation of Natural Filters such as riparian buffers and wetlands. Projects have been identified in priority watersheds in the following counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George's, Somerset, Queen Anne's, Washington and Worcester.
- $27.8 million for Local Stormwater Projects to support Statewide initiatives to reduce nonpoint source pollution − 63 local projects have been identified for funding. $27.76 million, triple the amount available in previous years, will be directed to counties, municipalities and watershed organizations to implement stormwater Best Management Practices, and natural filters restoration projects such as wetland restoration. These projects provide continuous nutrient and sediment removal for up to 20 years.
Jurisdictions identified for funding:
Anne Arundel County 12 Projects $6.34M
Baltimore City 2 Projects $3.03M
Baltimore County 10 Projects $4.85M
Cecil County 1 Project $0.40M
Dorchester County 1 Project $0.10M
Frederick County 1 Project $0.77M
Harford County 1 Project $0.09M
Howard County 6 Projects $2.52M
Kent County 2 Projects $0.80M
Montgomery County 11 Projects $3.92M
Prince George's County 6 Projects $3.42M
Queen Anne's County 9 Projects $1.47M
Talbot County 1 Project $0.07M
View the complete FY 2013 Workplan and supporting materials at dnr.maryland.gov/ccp/funding/trust_fund.asp.
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Contact: Josh Davidsburg
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov