A coordinated funding effort is providing millions of dollars for projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed—habit restoration, nutrient reduction, runoff management, and others. Funding awards were recently announced for 40 projects; the funding is awarded through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund via the Small Watershed Grants Program and the Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Program, both administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
The Small Watershed Grants Program awarded a total of $2.6 million to 20 projects. The recipients will provide $2.2 million in matching funds. The EPA-funded Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Program awarded $6.6 million to an additional 20 projects; recipients will provide more than $14 million in matching funds.
David O’Neill, vice president for Conservation Programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, noted, “This innovative public-private partnership, supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal agencies including the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the US Forest Service, and private companies including Altria, Shell, CSX, Wal-Mart, and FedEx continues to provide a critical local funding source for conservation that maximizes outcomes for Bay restoration.”
The projects span the six states and Washington, DC, that border the bay. More information is available at www.chesapeakebay.net and www.nfwf.org/chesapeake.