The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have announced grants totaling more than $13.1 million in support of efforts to improve water quality and habitat in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Awarded through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, a partnership between NFWF and the EPA's Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Program and Small Watershed Grants Program, the grants will support methods to improve waterways, restore habitat, and strengthen iconic species in six U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The awards are expected to generate nearly $21.9 million in matching contributions, for a total conservation impact of approximately $35 million.
Recipients of the grants include the Lancaster Farmland Trust, which was awarded $198,463 in support of its efforts to reduce the amount of pollution flowing from Salisbury Township farms into the bay and encourage the adoption of farm conservation practices; the Capital Resource Conservation and Development Area Council, which will receive $194,431 in support of its efforts to promote rotational grazing and cover cropping on livestock farms; and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, which was awarded $1 million to help dairy farmers meet their sediment and nutrient reduction needs through a collaborative public-private partnership.
"The grants announced today will empower communities and businesses throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed to become better stewards of natural resources," said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. "In many cases, these grants fund voluntary efforts to decrease sedimentation and runoff from farms and businesses, which boosts water quality throughout the 64,000-square-mile watershed and advances long-running efforts to improve the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay."
For information on the grants awarded by the fund, see the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website.