Jul 23, 2020

Maryland Supports More Than 120 Local Projects for Water Quality Resiliency

The Maryland DNR is awarding $26.2 million to more than 120 water quality improvement projects

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources awarded $26.2 million for water quality and resiliency projects.

More specifically, this would increase flood resiliency efforts and help grow the next generation of Maryland’s environmental stewards, according to the Maryland DNR.

“We are pleased to support projects that protect our communities and restore the Chesapeake Bay, two of our highest priorities,” said the Maryland DNR Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio. “Local efforts play an important role in attaining our environmental goals. In addition, these projects will benefit local communities and their economies as they build resilience and prevent polluted runoff from reaching our waterways.”

The department has created the Grants Gateway to provide a single entry point for grantees. The gateway also provides the department an integrated grant-management system to monitor sources, manage data and to determine if grants align with the department’s priorities, according to the Maryland DNR.

The grants are funded through a variety of federal and state sources, including the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, the Coastal Resiliency Program, as well as the U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program. 

The intent is for the projects to achieve one of the following outcomes: fostering healthy ecosystems; building resiliency; or providing outdoor learning experiences. 

“Maryland’s Chesapeake and Coastal Grants Gateway (Grants Gateway) was created to streamline the grant application process for government and non-governmental organizations as well as academic institutions,” according to the Grants Gateway site. “Grants Gateway provides a one-stop location for partners seeking technical and financial support for projects that foster healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies that are resilient in the face of change.” 

FY21 Grants Gateway Awards can be found here.

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