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Chesapeake Conservation Corps Profile: Sam Myers & The Nature Conservancy

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Sam coring a white pine as part of her Capstone project to study the impact of historical fires on forest structure at TNC’s Sideling Hill Creek preserve in western Maryland. (Photo: Deborah Landau/TNC)

Participating in the Chesapeake Conservation Corps (Corps) is a unique experience. We are showcasing the individual Conservation Corps members in the 2019-2020 cohort along with information on their host site and descriptions of the incredible work they are doing. This month’s featured Corps member: Sam Myers.

Growing up in Maryland, Sam’s love for the environment was ignited by her experiences in the marshes of the Chesapeake Bay. Sam will always remember her middle school field trip where her class spent time out on the water setting out crab pots, netting fish close to the shore, and mucking in the nearby marsh. She states, “this hands-on learning is what drew me to environmental science and sparked my love for ecology and environmental conservation.” During her time at Washington University in St. Louis, she pursued a degree in environmental studies and worked in their research labs studying plant population ecology and plant pathology. In college, Sam was able to visit the Mojave Desert in California, and Hawaii to study the unique ecology and geology on federally managed lands. Sam also studied abroad in Panama learning about tropical ecology and indigenous resource conservation. Her time traveling helped her realize that there is so much more to learn about the natural world and how different communities work to manage and preserve it.

Chesapeake Conservation Corps members learned how to core trees and helped collect data for Sam’s capstone project at TNC’s Sideling Hill Creek preserve as part of a site visit that she hosted in February.

Upon beginning her time in the Corps, Sam initially wanted to learn about and contribute to environmental conservation projects and spend time working out in the field. She feels lucky to have been placed with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in their Maryland/District of Columbia office where she learned about restoration, land management, and conservation science.

Spanning 79 countries and territories alongside all 50 states, TNC is a science-based organization whose mission is to “conserve the lands and waters on which all life depend” by working with partners to advance conservation locally, regionally, and globally. Sam supports their mission as part of the Land Management team by assisting with controlled burns, monitoring rare plant species, and removing invasive species on their preserves. Sam has been able to work on multiple research projects of her own, including an ecosystem services analysis of TNC’s preserves in Maryland and a Capstone project, which is part of each Corps member’s work plan for the year, and is a graduation requirement.

One of her favorite things to experience (before COVID-19 restrictions were put in place in Maryland) was exploring the different landscapes across the state encapsulated in TNC’s preserves—from the Delmarva bay wetlands on the Eastern Shore to the Central Appalachian forests and montane bogs in western Maryland. Even though she grew up in Maryland, Sam admits, she had no idea of the vastly diverse ecological communities feeding into the treasured Chesapeake Bay.

Assisting with a controlled burn at Plum Creek Cedar Swamp on the Eastern Shore in January 2020. The burn helped to prepare two grass fields for a longleaf pine planting in February. (Photo: Chase McLean/TNC)

For her Capstone project, Sam studied the impact of historical fires on forest structure at TNC’S Sideling Hill Creek preserve in western Maryland. Sideling Hill Creek preserve is an 800-acre oak-pine forest with areas of shale barrens that harbor the unique biodiversity of plants and animals. TNC has been conducting controlled burns since 1962 and uses fire as a management tool to sustain fire-dependent ecosystems and prevent catastrophic wildfires. In Maryland, TNC has been conducting controlled burns on the Eastern Shore since 2008 and has started to develop a burn program in western Maryland (central Appalachians). Though fire was once common and widespread throughout this region, fire exclusion during the past century has threatened the dynamics of this forest. Sam’s capstone project examines how the fire history at Sideling Hill Creek may have shaped today’s forest dynamics. It will serve as a baseline to inform TNC’s management of the preserve and can also inform management of forests regionally across the central Appalachians.

At TNC, Sam has been able to dip her toes into different conservation projects and learn about the interdisciplinary functioning of a global non-profit conservation organization. Sam states that through this opportunity she has gotten to know some wonderful people who have enriched her Corps experience, including her mentor, Deborah Landau. Among other professional development opportunities, the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program also provided a variety of opportunities to learn about other environmental organizations and work alongside other Corps members. Sam will be attending the University of Massachusetts – Amherst to further her learning in their Master of Science program for Environmental Conservation, where she will take a sustained connection to the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the people she has met through the Corps. Sam hopes to continue developing interdisciplinary skills to bridge the gap between conservation practitioners and scientists.

Gearing up for a controlled burn at Sideling Hill Creek preserve in western Maryland in November 2019. (Photo: Sev Smith/TNC).

The 2019-2020 class of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps graduated on August 13th, 2020 at a virtual ceremony, where Tamara Toles O’Laughlin the North American Director of 350.org gave an inspiring speech. The graduating class has members who are attending graduate school at the George Washington University, the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, and Yale University; working in other “corps” positions like AmeriCorps or TerraCorps; and working at organizations like the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Horizons Outdoor Learning Center, and ShoreRivers; to name a few.

The 2020-2021 class of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps had orientation on August 18th, 2020 at a virtual ceremony. To find out more about the new members and their host sites please see their member placements, here. The Chesapeake Bay Trust is also excited to announce the first Corps Alumni web page is now available here, showcasing 10 years of the program.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust thanks the 2020 – 2021 Corps program supporters, BGE an Exelon Company, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the National Parks Service Chesapeake Bay Office, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, American Chestnut Land Trust, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks – Carrie Murray Nature Center, and Maryland Department of the Environment.

Engaging Diverse Groups in Environmental Stewardship is Essential

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In 2015, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, working through their Chispa Maryland (Chispa) program, received an award through the Prince George’s County Stormwater Stewardship Grant Program to engage members of Prince George’s County Latino community in educational experiences designed to improve local water quality and the health of the community. Through this project, Chispa Maryland also sought to establish strong, longstanding leadership within the community to carry the efforts of this project forward.

Chispa Maryland was launched by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund in 2014. This group works with Latino families, community groups, faith-based organizations, and elected officials to identify and address environmental issues. Chispa seeks to empower the Latino community to take action to protect natural resources and build healthy neighborhoods.

This project focused on working with Latino community members predominantly from the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) designated area of Langley Park. The TNI is a county effort that aims at uplifting neighborhoods with significant needs. Chispa began by consulting with several Latino community leaders, Prince George’s County agencies, and other Latino-serving organizations to develop a curriculum and delivery plan that best served the needs of the community. The resulting curriculum comprised of both in-class and hands-on learning experiences. The in-class learning consisted of an introduction to the water cycle, the impact of stormwater runoff on the environment, and the actions that can be taken to manage stormwater runoff. The classroom session stressed the interconnectedness of individual actions and the cumulative impact these actions have on natural resources. Chispa also illuminated the relation between local water quality and the health and quality of life of the community.

The outdoor active learning sessions were designed to allow participants to experience firsthand and put into practice some of the concepts covered during the in-class session. A partnership with Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) brought Latino families and individuals out onto the Anacostia River through boat trips. AWS lead conversations on the biodiversity and water quality of the Anacostia River, as well as the impact of stormwater runoff on the Anacostia and surrounding streams and rivers. The boat trip sessions concluded with participants identifying the various ways their actions impacted natural resources, to change behaviors with negative impacts. Participants also had the chance to implement low impact development projects at the Langley Park Community Center. Participants created a 1,000 sq. ft. native plants garden and installed six rain barrels throughout the community center.

After the completion of both the in-class and hands-on activities, Chispa conducted leadership training with a group of participants that demonstrated a commitment to improving their natural resources and build resilient communities. Six instructional sessions were held and a total of 13 participants completed the training and were graduated as promotores (trained individuals who take on an educational role). The training of promotores enhances the sustainability of this project, as these leaders are empowered to lead and coordinate projects in their communities that promote environmental education and increase community participation in environmental activities.

Congratulations to Chispa Maryland on a successful and engaging project!

Working with Faith-Based Organizations to Implement Stormwater Solutions

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In 2015, Anacostia Riverkeeper received an award through the Prince George’s Stormwater Stewardship Grant Program to carry out their High-Volume Community Cistern project. This project had four primary objectives, which were to: 1) demonstrate the effectiveness of high-capacity cisterns, 2) reduce stormwater runoff, 3) engage and form relationships with faith-based organizations, and 4) encourage members of faith-based organizations to participate in Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program.

The objectives for this project aligned with the goals of the Prince George’s County Stormwater Stewardship program, which strives to improve neighborhoods, improve water quality in the County’s waterways, and engage County residents in stormwater issues. Since 2014, Prince George’s County Department of the Environment has partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Trust to fund impactful projects that strive to accomplish these goals. The Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program is a second program funded by the County that incentivizes environmental stewardship by offering reimbursement to homeowners, businesses, and others for installing practices that will improve stormwater runoff quality, reduce runoff quantity, and improve local streams and rivers. This program operates on a rolling deadline and is currently accepting applications.

Anacostia Riverkeeper worked with First Baptist Church of Glenarden, St. Ambrose Catholic Church, and St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. To connect with and engage members of each faith-based organization, Anacostia Riverkeeper conducted stormwater outreach events at each of the three locations where they planned to install a high-volume cistern. Five outreach events were conducted with the help of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake. These outreach events were offered in English and Spanish, which increased accessibility and helped to draw in over 170 participants. The events covered stormwater runoff and offered potential solutions and actions that participants could take. Anacostia Riverkeeper also informed participants about the existing opportunity to apply to the Prince George’s Rain Check Rebate Program to install stormwater management practices at their own homes.

Educational signage placed at each cistern installation.

To directly address stormwater management needs, high-volume cisterns were installed on each of the faith-based organizations’ properties. Each cistern captures between 17,500 to 39,000 gallons of stormwater per year, which reduces the amount of stormwater runoff and pollution that flows into local streams and rivers, and allows the stormwater to be used for other purposes.

Congratulations to Anacostia Riverkeeper on a successful project that engaged community members and directly addressed stormwater management!

 

Introducing Our 22nd Treasure the Chesapeake Silent Auction!

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From Baltimore City to the Eastern Shore, our Treasure the Chesapeake’s silent auction offers chances to cherish treasures of the Bay throughout Maryland. We are thrilled to have so many local businesses supporting our event and our mission. There is something for everyone so be sure to attend the event on August 20th and bid to take home a Treasure of the Chesapeake for your very own!

Don’t see your favorite organization listed? Let us know and we’ll reach out to them! info@cbtrust.org

Welcoming the New Prince George’s Rain Check Rebate Program Team

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The Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program is a partnership between Prince George’s County Department of the Environment and the Chesapeake Bay Trust (Trust). This program offers incentives to homeowners, businesses, and others to install practices that will reduce stormwater runoff, reduce pollution, and improve the water quality of local streams and rivers.

At the beginning of this year, the Trust welcomed Nguyen Le as the new Rain Check Rebate Coordinator! Below is Nguyen’s background and experience thus far.

Can you tell us about yourself?

Nguyen Le, Rain Check Rebate Coordinator

I was born and raised in Maryland and my family is from Vietnam. For my undergraduate studies, I  attended the University of Maryland, College Park and earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in Sustainability Studies. After graduating, I served as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member and worked at the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin conducting environmental and watershed education for students and teachers. I joined the Chesapeake Bay Trust in 2018 and now manage the Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program and co-manage the Outreach and Restoration Grant Program. More recently, I graduated from Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources program where I earned a Master of Natural Resources and Graduate Certificate in Global Sustainability.

What are your professional/environmental goals and how does managing the Rain Check Rebate Program align with those goals?

A major goal regarding the work I currently do and want to continue to do revolves around water. Water is a precious resource and necessity for life. Globally, billions of people in the world lack safe water, sanitation, and handwashing facilities. Additionally, ever-growing demands for and inefficient use and management of freshwater resources have resulted in severe water stress and increased pollution of our waterways. Water quality is one of the major challenges we face today.

Initiatives and programs like the Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program help address local and regional water quality issues. This program engages residents to take action for clean water. Participants in this program are helping to keep our rivers clean and reduce pollution for increased environmental and public health. Through this program, I can educate residents about water quality issues, what actions they can take, and how this program helps support clean water efforts in their community and the County as a whole.

What have you most enjoyed so far about your new role as the Rain Check Rebate Coordinator?

One of the most rewarding aspects of the Rain Check Rebate Program is being able to connect with the community and see residents take pride in their projects. It is wonderful to see residents excited about their project and express the impact that the project has had on their lives. Some appreciate the presence of new trees that will provide shade and privacy in their yards, some enjoy the butterflies that now frequent the native plants in their rain garden, and some are thankful that the standing and pooling water they experienced is a thing of the past.

What is your hope for the Rain Check Rebate Program moving forward?

My hope for this program is for all Prince George’s County residents to know that the Rain Check Rebate Program and other County resources are available for them to use and here to support them and their communities. I want every community member to know that they can make a difference in their communities and the environment.

What advice would you give to young people seeking careers in the environmental field?

Do not limit yourself and be open to learning and experiencing new things. The environmental field encompasses such a wide range of topics and there are so many different paths you can take. Be cognizant of your interests and the type of work you enjoy doing and find an organization or company whose mission and values align with yours.

Anything else you want to share?

Managing the Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program has been a rewarding experience. I am proud to support and work with the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment on their program to help advance their goal of improving the quality of life for its communities by promoting green solutions to stormwater runoff.

Meet the Rain Check Rebate Intern:

The Trust recently also welcomed Emma Cwalinski (pictured left), the summer programmatic intern who will be working as part of the Rain Check Rebate team. Emma is currently majoring in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), where she is entering into her junior year. Beyond her position as an intern for the Trust, Emma utilizes her passion for the environment as her sorority’s Sustainability Chair and as a Sustainable Transportation Assistant for UMD’s Department of Transportation. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career working directly with environmental policy. Emma is excited to learn more about the different programs the Trust offers during her time as an intern. Welcome to the team, Emma!

Thank you to both Nguyen and Emma for their hard work in managing and supporting the Rain Check Rebate Program! Prince George’s County residents are encouraged to learn more and apply to the program by visiting the program page here.

Parkdale Schools the Community on Stormwater Management

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Schools play a huge role not only in educating their students but also in acting as a center for resources and a vehicle for change and improvement in their communities. The Prince George’s County Stormwater Stewardship Program is a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Prince George’s County Department of the Environment that recognizes the potential these institutions, amongst others, have to engage the community and implement projects that improve the water quality of local streams and rivers.

Parkdale High School, located in Riverdale, received a grant in 2015 to carry out impactful learning opportunities and hands-on engagement in environmental stewardship and stormwater management. Parkdale worked with several partners on this project, including the Clean Water Partnership, Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) and the William S. Schmidt Outdoor Education Center. A professional development workshop was held for teachers and staff to equip them with knowledge on successfully implementing environmental literacy programs. The school was also able to host and mentor 13 student interns from the Prince George’s County Summer Youth Enrichment Program. The students were able to partake in a variety of educational activities, such as maintaining an edible food forest in front of the school’s campus and visiting several facilities working to protect our natural resources, including the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment, where they learned of the County’s actions to better manage and protect the environment. The students also visited Bladensburg Waterfront Park to participate in a boat tour led by the AWS, where the students learned about initiatives to clean the river and restore native wildlife populations and habitats.

Educational signage placed at the site of the installed stormwater management practice. Click to view larger!

Parkdale was also able to address the stormwater management needs of their campus. The school installed a series of permeable surfaces that allow water to infiltrate into the ground while filtering out pollutants. Excess water overflows from the permeable surfaces to three different types of infiltration areas installed next to the permeable surfaces, that help to further filter out pollutants and let the water slowly absorb into the ground. Educational signage was also installed at the project site to educate the Parkdale community on how the project functions to treat stormwater runoff.

 

Parkdale successfully installed a functional and educational stormwater management practice, while also engaging their community in stewardship. Congratulations to Parkdale High School on an exemplary project!

The Chesapeake Bay Trust Announces Awardees

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The Chesapeake Bay Trust has a rigorous grant review process: every proposal submitted over $5,000 is sent to members of a Technical Review Committee (TRC) and is reviewed and scored quantitatively by at least three external peers who are experts in their fields. The Board of Trustees meets 4 times per year to review and approve all TRC recommended proposals. Proposals for $5,000 or less are reviewed by two or more technical experts on the Chesapeake Bay Trust program team.

Capacity Building Initiatives

May 2020

Consensus Building Institute, Inc.: to assess the capacity and identify strategic capacity-building opportunities for action in six targeted regions of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to meaningfully advance progress toward water quality objectives. $200,000.

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Mini Award Program

May 2020

Accokeek Foundation: for an education campaign at Piscataway National Park to reduce the spread of invasive species. $1,250.
Accokeek Foundation: for invasive species removal at Foundation George’s Piscataway National Park. $1,068.
Allegany County Commissioners: for the creation of a used cooking oil recycling program and drop-off site. $1,250.
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: for the creation of an environmental Chesapeake education elective for 7th and 8th graders at the Summit School. $1,225.
American Chestnut Land Trust: for the restoration and protection of the nature trail system near Parker’s Creek. $1,250.
American Chestnut Land Trust: for the installation of a native edible garden to increase biodiversity and educate the public. $1,053.
American Chestnut Land Trust: for invasive species removal at Parkers Chestnut Land Creek and sustainable farming workshop. $1,500.
Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for the removal of invasive species at Woodend Nature Sanctuary in preparation for a native planting. $1,250.
Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for the restoration of a forested ecotone at Woodend Nature Sanctuary. $1,250.
C&O Canal Trust: for the expansion of the ‘Canal for All’ program to reach a more diverse group of youth. $1,250.
Chesapeake Conservancy: for support of the National Park Service’s first National Junior Ranger day in the Chesapeake region. $1,216.
Chesapeake Conservancy: for the development of an Open Space Preservation Opportunity Mapping tool to assist FEMA in identifying at-risk communities and assisting in flood prevention. $1,000.
ECO City Farms: for the installation of two self-sustaining keyhole gardens in Bladensburg. $1,250.
Environmental Concern, Inc.: for the installation of a drip-irrigation system at a nursery to reduce water usage. $1,250.
Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources: for signage to support tree planting in County Office of Creagerstown Park. $320.
Friends of Carrie Murray Nature Center, Inc.: for supplies and equipment to support the Carrie Murray Nature Center’s Maryland Green Center certification. $1,158.
Friends of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary: for the implementation of a community science program identifying sources of trash at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. $933.
Hood College: for research on nano-bubble technology as a solution to toxic algae growth across the watershed. $1,211.
Howard County Conservancy: for Howard County high school students to participate in “The Great Climate Change Challenge” which includes lessons, a field experience, and action project focused on the issue of climate change. $746.
Maryland Coastal Bays Program: for the creation of the “Living Local: Small-Scale, Large Impact” farming with sustainable practices initiative on the Eastern Shore. $1,250.
Maryland Coastal Bays Program: for the development of a groundwater network to monitor a restoration project at Ilia Fehrer Nature Reserve. $1,250.
Maryland Coastal Bays Program: for native species plantings and workshop at Assateague National Seashore. $1,500.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake Bay SAV Watchers Trainings. $1,096.
Maryland Environmental Services: for the study of the effects of riparian buffers on the temperature of the Loch Raven Reservoir to determine the likelihood of trout survivability.  $1,250.
National Aquarium: for outreach and engagement of the Dundalk community relating to a shoreline restoration project at Watersedge Park. $1,236.
Patuxent River Park: for a Bald Cypress tree planting and installation of educational signage along the Patuxent River to mitigate erosion. $1,250.
Severn River Association, Inc.: for the mapping and creation of a database to track submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) on the Severn River. $320.
ShoreRivers: for the creation of a mussel growing program for homeowners along the Sassafrass River. $1,250.
ShoreRivers: for the creation of the “Green Self-Esteem” program reaching underserved youth through an after-school program in partnership with Building African American Minds. $1,250.
ShoreRivers: for the repair of walking trails and updates to the educational center at Horn Point Laboratory. $1,500.
Sultana Education Foundation: for the installation of an educational exhibit for students at Sultana Education Centers’ Holt Lab. $1,247.
The 6th Branch: for the expansion of Oliver Farm in East Baltimore, including the installation of raised garden beds to increase food security. $1,022.
The Community Ecology Institute: for construction of a demonstration plot of agrivoltaics to educate the public and specific groups about the benefits of land/solar energy generation in combating climate change. $1,250.
The Nature Conservancy: for research on the effects of Japanese Stiltgrass on the soil composition of a controlled burn area on Sidling Hill. $518.
The Nature Conservancy: for the study, analysis, and distribution of data on biological impacts of fires on oak and pine dominated forests of the Central Appalachian region of Maryland. $1,250.
Western Maryland Resource Conservation & Development Council (Inc.): for the removal of invasive water primrose and native planting. $1,250.

Anne Arundel County Forestry and Forested Land Protection Award Program

May 2020

Tidewater Colony Open Space Association: for an invasive species removal and reforestation project on five acres in the Tidewater Colony Community in Annapolis. $35,250.

Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3)

May 2020

Anacostia Watershed Society: for a community greening project addressing stormwater runoff in the Town Fairmount Heights. $32,878.
Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for a permeable brick paver project at Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase. $13,243.
Baltimore City Department of Planning, Baltimore Office of Sustainability: for engineered designs to improve stormwater management at the Cab Calloway Legends Park in the City Baltimore.  $27,768.
Blue Water Baltimore: for planting 150 native trees in the Curtis Bay community in Baltimore. $49,892.
Borough of Marietta: to implement the design and permit drawings currently being completed for roadway and parking improvements along Furnace Road at Donegal Place. $237,515.
Capon Bridge Revitalization Group, Inc.: to redefine the civic core of Capon Bridge by upgrading the safety, environmental quality, and aesthetic appeal of Capon School Street. $28,880.
City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania: to improve pedestrian safety and slow traffic along Highland Avenue on the southern edge of Lancaster City. $100,000.
City of Portsmouth: to advance the conceptual design for Water Street Green Street and Park to design plans. $30,000.
City of Romney: to develop engineering designs for green infrastructure practices along West Birch Lane. $29,985.
Civic Works, Inc.: for three vacant lot greening projects in the Upton, Panway-Braddish, and Irvington communities in Baltimore City. $45,000.
Fauquier County: to construct wetland on the grounds of Fauquier High School. $30,000.
Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street Inc.: for a vacant lot revitalization project in Baltimore offering farmer’s markets, community activities, and green space. $30,000.
Joe’s Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus: for green street engineered design and art integration project in Mount Rainier. $30,000.
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection: for construction of rain gardens and Filterra tree box filters in the Glenmont Forest community in Silver Spring. $200,748.
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance: for engineering design for green streets in Seaford, DE. $38,735
Parks & People Foundation: for engineered design drawings for the Cecil Elementary School campus revitalization in Baltimore. $30,000.
Prince George’s County, Maryland: for four bioretention projects at the Publick Playhouse in Landover. $100,000.
Ridge to Reefs: for urban agriculture expansion, ecological restoration, and implementing stormwater management practices at Baltimore Living in Sustainable Simplicity Meadows. $50,000.
ShoreRivers.: for a parking lot restoration and green infrastructure project at American Legion Post 91 in Cambridge. $97,084.
ShoreRivers: for the installation of six bioretention projects to treat stormwater at Washington College in Chestertown. $100,000.
The 6th Branch: for a vacant lot greening project in the Broadway East community in Baltimore City. $50,000.
The Commissioners (Town) of Barnesville: to develop a green infrastructure concept addressing one inch of stormwater run-off. $14,960.
The Community Ecology Institute: to develop a green stormwater infrastructure concept plan for Atholton high school that takes a “walkable watershed” approach. $15,000.
Town of Colonial Beach: develop a green street engineered design for 1st street, spanning from Euclid Ave. to Jackson St. $29,935.
Town of Emmitsburg: to create a high-performing green street conceptual plan for North Seton Avenue to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and pollution while incorporating flood hazard mitigation. $17,538.

Chesapeake Bay Program Goal Implementation Team Project Support

May 2020

Chesapeake Conservancy: to leverage experience with stakeholder outreach and engagement, landscape-scale data curation, and evaluation of effective methods and guidelines for implementing Landscape Impact Assessment Methods that are broadly applicable to multiple landscapes and geographies. $54,000.
Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council: for EPA GIT Scope #10: Correctional Conservation Collaborative: Achieving PA Forestry Goals through Workforce Development. $74,089.
Coastal Resources, Inc.: for the development of the “Maryland Stream Crossing Design Guidance: A Fish-Friendly Stream Crossing Design Handbook.” $48,038.
Green Fin Studio: for development of Technical Guidance Manual and Outreach Materials for small-scale submerged aquatic vegetation restoration in Chesapeake Bay and its Tidal Tributaries. $49,907.
Green Fin Studio: for scope 12: for cross-outcome watershed educational materials for local governments. $49,503.
Local Concepts LLC: for scope 9: developing a regional outdoor learning network to support MWEE implementation. $50,000.
SKEO Solutions, Inc.: for scope 7: targeted local outreach for green infrastructure in vulnerable areas. $64,817.
SKEO Solutions, Inc.: for targeted local outreach for green infrastructure in vulnerable areas. $14,973.
Tetra Tech, Inc.: Scope 11: Implementation of Chesapeake Healthy Watersheds Assessment in Maryland’s Tier II Watersheds. $54,974.
The RAND Corporation: Scope 2: Building a Bay-Wide Scorecard to Track Climate Resilience for Watershed Communities. $75,000.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, School of Marine Science, College of William & Mary: for scope 3: Chesapeake Bay striped bass nursery habitat assessment. $84,989.

Community Engagement Mini Grant Program

May 2020

Baltimore Green Space: for 15 educational workshops regarding the many benefits of forest patches including stormwater, human health, and wildlife topics. $5,000.
Knox Presbyterian Church: for the installation of a native, pollinator-friendly plant garden with workshops on the benefits of native plants for watershed health and the impacts of pollution. $4,903.
Maryland Stadium Authority: for 15 community engagement maintenance events and installation of educational signage for the Oriole garden. $5,000.
St. Pius X Church: for a native planting and signage installation at a bioretention facility with information sessions. $3,603.
Town of New Market: for a residential rain barrel program to include education on water quality and the positive impact of utilizing rain barrels to reduce stormwater runoff into local watersheds. $2,400.
Town of Thurmont: for a residential rain barrel program to include education on water quality and the positive impact of utilizing rain barrels to reduce stormwater runoff into local watersheds. $1,250.

Anne Arundel County Watershed Protection

May 2020

Chesapeake Rivers Association, Inc.: for correcting a drainage problem on an existing sod farm. $242,567.
Loch Haven Civic Association: for the installation of a living shoreline, sand replenishment for beaches, and a planted shoreline. $129,034.
Severn River Association, Inc.: for the restoration of an eroding riverbank adjacent to the West Severna Park Community Association beach through the implementation of a living shoreline and the creation of intertidal marsh habitat. $32,277.
Arundel Rivers Federation: for implementation of a 1,300 linear foot stream restoration project at the Girl Scout’s Camp Woodlands in Annapolis.  $43,198.
Arundel Rivers Federation: for implementation of approximately 2,118 linear feet of stream restoration in the Beards Creek sub-watershed of the South River.  $349,312.
Arundel Rivers Federation: for the restoration of approximately 3,760 linear feet of actively eroding stream as well as provide opportunities to enhance forested riparian buffer in Broad Creek Park. $364,225.
Ulmstead Club, Inc.: for implementation of the three rain gardens along a parking area fronting the Magothy River at Ulmstead Point. $18,900.

Environmental Education Mini Grant Program

May 2020

Anacostia Watershed Society: to engage 250 DC students to participate in a shad restoration program. $5,000.
Anacostia Watershed Society: for 125 4th graders from Prince George’s County Public Schools to participate in Anacostia Watershed Society’s Rice Ranger Program. $5,000.
Annapolis Elementary School PTA: for 30 K-3rd graders students to participate in field experiences at Nature Park at Back Creek and to conduct a self-selected action project to take place at their local park. $4,315.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools: for 20 teachers to participate in a summer training program facilitated by Anne Arundel County Public Schools Office of Environmental Literacy and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. $5,000.
Baltimore City College: for 49 11th and 12th graders to participate in a NorthBay field experience investigating biodiversity and stream health at Herring Run park. $1,700.
Baltimore Lab School: for 131 1st-12th graders to participate in field experiences with NorthBay and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in support of their Watershed Stewards of the Chesapeake Bay program. $5,000.
Belvedere Elementary School: for a project for students to explore how food choices impact the Chesapeake Bay watershed. $4,880.
Capital City Public Charter School: for 10th and 11th grade Environmental Science students to participate in oyster farm research projects and conduct water quality testing on the Potomac River. $5,000.
Catonsville Middle School: for 268 6th graders to investigate natural resources and wildlife population at Camp Puh’tok and how to improve biodiversity in the schoolyard. $5,000.
Church Hill Elementary School: for 54 4th graders to identify areas in and around the school yard that could be improved, such as erosion control, bird box replacements, cafeteria waste, and native plant plantings. $750.
County of Blair on behalf of the Fort Roberdeau Association: for students to remove growth of privet from a woodlot adjacent to a Revolutionary War era fort and prepare a series of STEAM based classroom learning experiences. $3,679.
Cross Country Elementary School: for 65 6th graders to participate in a field trip with NorthBay and complete an action project on campus. $5,000.
Dance Exchange: for the delivery of an Arts Integrated Approach professional development training for 30 Prince George’s County Public School teachers. $4,955.
Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation: to engage 4th graders to become active environmental stewards by helping to actively reduce AMD pollution in their waters. $5,000.
Grasonville Elementary School:  for an outdoor field experience for 71 4th graders at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
and raise oyster spat. $2,589.
The Green School of Baltimore: for 132 1st-5th graders to participate in a field experience and complete an action project at their school. $1,350.
Hamilton Elementary Middle School #236: for 110 7th graders to participate in a NorthBay Educational Experience and plant a rain garden on campus. $3,488.
Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District: to provide a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience Field Day for sixth graders at the five public middle schools of Hanover and Caroline Counties. $4,139.
Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District: for a professional development training program to prepare teachers to carry out the Waste and Recycling, Environmental Quality, and Water Investigations. $2,536.
H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program: for a micro-plastic mosaics: using art to advocate for recycled materials $988.
Henrico Education Foundation: for professional development training for elementary science teachers in Henrico County Public Schools. $5,000.
Hillcrest Elementary School (P.T.A.): for 125 3rd graders to participate in stream health and water quality educational experiences at Patapsco Valley State Park. $500.
James River Association: for a boat trip and wildlife data collection by 5th graders. $5,000.
James River Association: for watershed health investigation and a stormwater project by 5th graders. $5,000.
Kent School: for 59 4th graders to participate in several field experiences and complete an action project at their school. $2,500.
Lacawac Sanctuary: for an Advanced Water Ecology program including classroom visits and a field experience providing in-depth water quality investigation. $4,900.
Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School (LAMB): to support curriculum covering environmental stewardship, watershed issues, sustainability, and the role humans play in impacting the environment. $1,570.
Living Classrooms Foundation of the National Capital Region: to provide 3rd-5th graders a deeper opportunity to investigate environmental issues affecting Kingman Island. $1,969
Living Classrooms Foundation of the National Capital Region:  for 5th graders to investigate human impact on D.C. waterways, as well as the larger Chesapeake Bay watershed. $2,847.
Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission: for 60 10th-12th graders from Prince George’s County Public Schools to participate in the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional-Associate training and plant a conservation landscape in their community. $5,000.
Maymont Foundation: for project-based learning professional development for Chesterfield teachers. $4,820.
National Center for Children and Families: for 20 youth from Greentree Shelter to participate in a field experience at Sandy Point State Park and install rain barrels. $1,931.
NatureBridge: to engage 40 students from KIPP DC Honor Academy in an intensive watershed awareness field experience. $5,000.
One Montgomery Green: for 50 8th-12th graders at Northwood and Blair High Schools to participate in the Clean Headwaters program on the impact of plastic waste. $5,000.
Payne Elementary School PTSA: to educate over 300 students from a Title 1 elementary school in Washington DC about the health of the Anacostia River. $4,983.
Prince George’s County Public Schools, Williams S. Schmidt Outdoor Education Center: for 30 high schoolers who receive special education services to attend Teen Adventure Camp with Schmidt Center. $3,125.
Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy: for 30 7th graders to participate in an Oyster Recovery Project with Living Classrooms Foundation. $2,525.
Severna Park Elementary School: for the installation of an outdoor classroom. $5,000.
Southeast Community Development Corporation: for 15 students from Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School to explore the impact of solid waste disposal on the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the greater environment. $4,550.
St. Martin of Tours: for 16 3rd graders to participate in an outdoor experience at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center and participate in a school-wide action project. $614.
Stemmers Run Middle School: for 225 6th graders to participate in an outdoor field experience and complete an action project on campus. $5,000.
Sudlersville Middle School: for 118 6th graders to participate in a field experience with NorthBay and complete an action project on the school campus. $5,000.
Wilderness Leadership & Learning, Inc. (WILL): for 36 9th-11th graders to participate in a field experience at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to learn about sediment, nutrients, and toxins, climate change and erosion, the important filtration and habitat benefits of the marsh. $5,000.
Wind Dance Farm & Earth Education Center: to develop water monitoring skills, explore rivers by canoe, and develop habitats for bird and insect species, install rain barrels, and enhance the riparian zone of Iden Run. $5,000.
Wisdom Projects, Inc.: for 60 K-8th graders to participate in Baltimore City’s White Oak Nature summer camp to attend field trips. $5,000.
YMCA of the Chesapeake: for 20 middle school students to participate in the YMCA Take the Helm after school program and complete a project focused on submerged aquatic vegetation. $4,995.

Outdoor Learning Network

May 2020

Cacapon Institute: to support the continuation and sustainability of the Outdoor Learning Network Initiative work in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. $40,000.
Conestoga Valley School District: to provide environmental literacy professional development to south central Pennsylvania. $40,000.

Pooled Monitoring Initiative’s Restoration Research Award Program

May 2020

Tetra Tech, Inc.: to research the vertebrate community response to stream restoration efforts that will inform future management decisions. $189,248.
University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc.: to research the use of two-dimensional hydrodynamic models in assessing and predicting stream restoration outcomes to better design these practices in the future. $299,534.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: for research effort to determine the watershed effects on success of stream restoration for excess nitrogen reduction. $213,857.

Anne Arundel County Community Planting Mini Grant Program

February 2020

Hillsmere Shores Improvement Association: for the implementation of 65+ native trees and shrubs in the community. $2,500.

Community Engagement Mini-Grant Program

February 2020

Chesapeake Education Arts Research Society: for six hands-on, educational workshops regarding vegetable and native tree sapling gardening and seed saving. $4,873.
Cottage City: for a community clean-up and information session on the impacts of trash and litter pollution. $500.
No One Left Unhelped, Inc.: for a series of clean-ups, storm drain stenciling events, and environmentally focused educational workshops. $5,000.
ShoreRivers: for the production and distribution of the State of the Rivers Report Card and for five events related to the state of the rivers. $5,000.

Environmental Education

February 2020

Accokeek Foundation: for the development of a Countywide 1st grade program “Tiny Seed, Global Impact.” $31,717.
Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park: for the expansion of professional development and the Countywide 2nd grade environmental program “Chesapeake Champions.” $25,839.
Camp Puh’Tok for Boys and Girls, Inc.: for the enhancement of a countywide 6th grade “Ecosystem Investigation” program. $40,000.
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s Sassafras Environmental Education Center: for the enhancement of Countywide 4th, 5th, and 9th grade Agro-Ecology programs. $23,977.
Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education: for professional development trainings to Maryland educators incorporating student-led action projects. $39,999.
Montgomery County Public Schools: for 10th grade teacher professional development “Citizen Science: Chemistry of Nitrogen Cycling.” $70,000.
REAL School Gardens (dba Teach Out): to design and pilot a new, Environmental Science-focused Professional Learning Community for teachers from five Prince George’s County elementary schools. $36,000.
ShoreRivers: for the development of an Eastern Shore Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience Academy for teachers. $39,857.
YMCA of the Chesapeake: for countywide expansion of an Environmental Literacy for 6th graders. $39,906.

Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach

February 2020

Anacostia Riverkeeper: to reduce trash in the Anacostia River watershed through the design, fabrication and installation of one Bandalong Litter Trap in the Lockridge Drive Tributary. $250,000.
Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: to implement a Stormwater Pavers project for the Audubon Naturalist Shop parking lot. $68,125.
Bannockburn Community Club: to implement conservation landscaping, dry wells and rain gardens. $48,596.
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church: for the replacement of 4,000 sq. ft. of impervious blacktop with permeable pavers at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church. $119,200.
Friends of Cabin John Creek (and) Watershed: for community‐based public engagement, watershed stewardship, and stormwater management installations including residential rain planters. $64,191.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake: to design and deliver a Green Team Leadership Development Program training, developing successful green teams at 3-5 places of worship. $8,944.
National Wildlife Federation: to expand the understanding and practices of stormwater management through residential lawn replacement with native plants to reduce stormwater and create wildlife habitat. $50,000.
Rock Creek Conservancy: to expand Rock Creek Conservancy’s existing Stream Team Leader program by recruiting and training 20 Leaders to lead litter cleanups for about 450 community members. $21,444.

Prince George’s County Stormwater Stewardship

February 2020

Alice Ferguson Foundation: for two stormwater retrofit practices within the barnyard area of the Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center. $140,000.
Anacostia Watershed Society: to support a Watershed Stewards Academy and Maryland Master Naturalist program that trains 60 watershed residents. $11,510.
Anacostia Watershed Society: to improve habitat and water quality along the Anacostia River using mussels, floating wetlands, and trees. $23,453.
Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization Community Development Corporation, Inc.: to plant 300 trees in the Greater Riverdale/Bladensburg neighborhoods. $134,031.
City of Hyattsville: to promote the importance and benefits of trees by implementing a Tree Canopy study and providing resources to residents to plant trees. $60,762.
City of Mount Rainier: to develop 11 green infrastructure practices to reduce stormwater runoff impacts and support making the City of Mount Rainier a model “green city.” $196,000.
EcoLatinos, Inc.: for an outreach campaign to increase awareness of stormwater runoff and its impact on water quality among Spanish-speaking residents. $18,993.
EcoLatinos, Inc.: in support of the “Festival del Rio Anacostia 2020,” where more than 800 attendees can participate in environmental related activities. $23,694.
End Time Harvest Ministries: to engage residents in a clean water initiative educating surrounding neighborhoods on stormwater problems and possible solutions. $31,163.
Global Health and Education Projects, Inc.: to plant 200 trees through the Family Tree Adoption Program in high-priority areas of Prince George’s County that have low tree canopy. $115,969.
GreenTrust Alliance, Inc.: to add 5.5 acres of forested and warm season grass/ pollinator-focused headwater buffer to an existing stream and wetland restoration project at the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. $50,000.
Town of Cheverly: to design and implement a rain garden in the Cheverly Town Park. $54,954.
Town of Edmonston: to implement the fourth industrial “green street” located in the district of Lafayette Place. $68,527.
University of Maryland College Park: to develop a water quality action framework and outreach campaign for homeowner/community association boards, property managers, and residents. $50,000.

Sponsorship

February 2020

City of Annapolis: for an architectural visualization plan to address sea level rise and resiliency at City Dock. $3,000.

Anne Arundel County Community Planting Mini Grant Program

November 2019

Tidewater Colony Open Space Association: for the removal of invasive plants and planting of native trees in the Tidewater Colony community in Annapolis. $2,500.
Whitehurst Residents Club Association, Inc.: for the removal of invasive species in the Whitehurst community in preparation for native planting. $500.

Community Engagement Mini-Grant Program

November 2019

Asbury Foundation: for the installation of conservation landscaping and two educational workshops regarding stormwater issues and solutions. $5,000.
Edgewater Beach Citizens Association, Inc.: for the removal of invasive species using goats and community engagement. $5,000.
Plastic Free QAC, Inc.: for a series of informational events regarding the effects of plastic pollution on waterways and reusable bags as a better alternative to plastic bags. $4,420.

Watershed Assistance Grant Program

November 2019

Arundel Rivers Federation: for design and permitting of the Quiet Waters Park Caffrey’s Run stream restoration project. $102,807.
Baltimore County Soil Conservation District: for design and permit submission of the Western Run and Deadman Run stream restoration project. $161,600.
Cecil County, Maryland: for design of a stream restoration and sand filter project at Cecil County Public Schools Administrative Services Center and design of a tree planting at Bayview Elementary School. $183,890.
Chesapeake Rivers Association: for design of the Anne Arundel SPCA ecological restoration project, including stream restoration, wetland, marsh, and living shoreline components. $120,000.
City Neighbors Foundation: for the design of stormwater management practices at City Neighbors Charter School. $38,850.
The Community Ecology Institute: for the development of an ecological master plan and design of stormwater management practices at the Community Ecology Institute’s farm. $65,000.
Eden Korean United Methodist Church: for design of stormwater management practices on the church’s grounds, including a bioretention, rain gardens, a rainwater harvesting system, and an infiltration berm. $22,203.
Harford Soil Conservation District: for design and permitting of the stream restoration and riparian buffer components of the Broad Creek headwater restoration project. $110,000.
Prince George’s County, Maryland: for design and permitting of the Carey Branch headwater restoration project. $75,000.
ShoreRivers: for the development of the Wye Mills Action Plan to identify prioritized stormwater management and green infrastructure opportunities within the Wye Mills Community. $30,818.
ShoreRivers: for design and permitting of a stream restoration project at Foster Farm in Church Hill, Maryland. $44,927.
ShoreRivers: for design and permitting of a stream restoration project at Hickman Farm in Kent County, Maryland. $95,000.
Southeast Community Development Corporation: for the design of stormwater management practices at Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School. $29,163.

Outreach and Restoration Grant Program

November 2019

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy: for the removal of asphalt, the installation of two micro-bioretention practices, the installation of an outdoor teaching area, and educational workshops. $75,000.
ShoreRivers: for a two-year program to engage and activate faith organizations of any denomination in environmental education to their congregations, and ultimately environmental stewardship action. $74,958.
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: to educate local Harford County residents, community groups and faith-based groups about the importance of trees and forested landscapes for water quality and quality of life. $74,901.
City Neighbors Foundation: for the implementation of four stormwater Best Management Practices, the removal of impervious surface, and the development of associated environmental education curricula. $74,741.
The Church of the Redeemer: for the removal of an asphalt parking lot to be replaced with bioretention, pervious paving, and native plants, trees, and shrubs. $74,043.
Lower Shore Land Trust
: to develop an invasive species management model program within Wicomico County that will be transferrable to other counties building a framework for mapping invasive species on County property and extending outreach to landowners and community groups. $72,069.
Urban Ecosystem Restoration, Inc.: to convert approximately 3,838 square feet of turf to conservation landscaping in the Lakelands HOA and provide multiple modes of educational outreach to 465 members of the Gaithersburg community. $66,629.
Baltimore Tree Trust: for the Fells Point Gateway Tree Project to plant a “gateway” of trees along Eastern Avenue and Fleet Street in Baltimore to create a green corridor running parallel to Patterson Park and the waterfront. $66,331.
Howard EcoWorks: for planting trees and shrubs and associated educational events to encourage homeowners to convert turf grass to more functional systems. $50,856.
Port Tobacco River Conservancy: for the construction of an outdoor classroom shelter and the enhancement of stormwater control best management practices. $51,000.
Gunpowder Valley Conservancy: to conduct formative social marketing research for motivating businesses to install rain gardens and microbioretention practices on their properties. $50,000.
The Ocean Foundation: expand our successfully pilot tested social marketing campaign in Chesapeake Bay tributaries throughout Maryland to improve recreational boating practices in the presence of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). $49,979.
Canton Canopy: for creating tree pits, planting trees, and maintaining trees in the sidewalks along Fait and Linwood Avenues, as well as community volunteer events in Baltimore City’s Canton neighborhood. $38,900.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance: for support of the Baltimore Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Composter Training Program. $30,000.
Civic Works, Inc.: for support of a certification-based stormwater management training for 10 Baltimore City residents from historically marginalized communities. $30,000.
Patterson Park Audubon Center: for support of the Audubon’s Avian Ambassadors for Baltimore, Birds, and the Bay program. $30,000.
University System of Maryland Foundation- The Environmental Finance Center: for support of the Stormwater Management Residential Action Framework and Outreach project. $30,000.
Gunpowder Riverkeeper: for a countywide outreach campaign to curb stormwater pollution using online/print communications, social media, and events. $30,000.
Friends of Patapsco Valley Heritage Greenway, Inc.: to conduct at least 10 stream cleanups, 4 invasive plant removals, 2 native shrub and tree plantings, and storm drain labeling to reduce the amount of pollution and increase the native tree canopy in Elkridge. $29,998.
Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.: for support of the revival of the Harris Creek Connected group to utilize their collective actions to inspire a cultural shift of environmentalism as it relates to cleaner water and neighborhoods in Baltimore City. $29,995.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake: to assist in restoring BMP projects as well as educate 6 to 8 congregations to maintain these BMPs. $29,943.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake: to facilitate restoration projects at congregations in Salisbury through a multi-session workshop.  The course will foster greater understanding of local water-quality challenges. IPC will work with Lower Shore Land Trust on restoration projects. $28,347.
Anacostia Riverkeeper: for a microplastic monitoring and outreach program in the Anacostia watershed. $27,819.
Howard County Conservancy: The Howard County Conservancy will work with county partners to reduce pesticide use, encourage planting of native plants and become a certified Bee City. $27,816.
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance: for an outreach campaign with poultry farmers about alternatives to mowed grass for improved stormwater management. $26,695.
Alice Ferguson Foundation: to provide training for Charles County residents and organizations to monitor and provide detailed data on the waste entering the Charles County waterways. $22,784.
Lower Shore Land Trust: for support of the project “Engaging Faith-Based Communities in Stewardship and Restoration” for rain barrels, cisterns, native garden, and educational workshop supplies at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church of Salisbury. $20,207.
United Workers Association (United Workers): The core of this program will be developing and disseminating a citywide Zero Waste Plan in collaboration with Baltimore Office of Sustainability and Zero Waste Associates. $20,000.
Clean Water Fund: for support for the Testing Methods for Communicating Best Practices for Living on Septic project. $19,927.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake: to train congregations within the City of Gaithersburg to educate 60-100 people about watershed restoration. $15,038.
Wicomico Environmental Trust: for a water quality testing program that engages the citizens, is led by trained scientists, and supports the City of Salisbury and Wicomico County watershed restoration goals. $15,000.
Columbia Association: for invasive species removal, native perennial plantings, 300 tree planting, and to install 500 live stakes along eroded stream banks. $15,000.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake: for a leadership development program to increase the impact of the faith community on Chesapeake Bay Watershed improvements. $14,466.
Nanjemoy-Potomac Environmental Coalition, Inc.: school students will design a reusable bag to distribute throughout the community at grocery stores and community events and present their reusable bag program to government and non-governmental representatives. $13,510.
Department of Natural Resources: for native trees and shrubs planting, workshops, and signage at a publicly accessible location at Bloomfield Farm. $9,499.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake: for support of the Green Team Leadership Development Program, educating 100 people about watershed restoration in Baltimore City. $9,298.
Wicomico Public Library: to create a StoryWalk along the Riverwalk in Salisbury to increase childhood physical and ecological literacy. $7,853.
Baltimore Community ToolBank: for the education of business owners and property managers in Baltimore City on sustainable stormwater practices. $4,500.
Stone Gate Town House Community Association: for workshops covering stormwater management and bay-wise Gardening in the Association. $4,255.

Anne Arundel County Community Planting Mini Grant Program

September 2019

Annapolis Landing Homeowners Association: for native tree planting, invasive species removal, and increased tree canopy. $2,500.
Arundel Rivers Federation: for planting in West Shoreham community to aide runoff and water filtration. $1,465.
Magothy Meadows Homeowners Association: for removal of invasive species diseased trees and native tree planting. $2,500.
Olde Severna Park Improvement Association, Inc.: for spraying of invasive phragmites on community property. $800.

Community Engagement Mini-Grant Program

September 2019

Chestertown Garden Club: for a native pollinator garden and tree planting with community volunteers. $2,793.
Cross Keys Condominium #1: for Baltimore City waterways workshops and the value of native pollinator plants and engagement of volunteers in a conservation landscaping project. $4,908.
Riva Trace Council: for the installation of a native plant pollinator garden and education regarding the value and function of native plants and treating stormwater runoff. $4,910.
Town of Emmitsburg: for the distribution of 117 rain barrels and two educational workshops regarding the challenges and solutions associated with stormwater runoff. $5,000.
Town of New Market: for a rain barrel education workshop and distribution of 40 rain barrels to workshop participants. $2,400.
Volunteering Untapped Incorporated: for a community clean-up in Druid Hill Park and the Druid Heights neighborhood. $4,700.

Capacity Building Initiatives

September 2019

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: for the enhancement of communications systems in place and increasing management capacity. $15,778.
Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park: for technical capacity building to support upgrades at the Eastport and Back Creek campuses. $11,307.
Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy: for consultant support to devise a strategic plan. $17,490.
EcoLatinos, Inc.: for the enhancement of adaptive and technical capacities to support diversity, equity and inclusion work. $12,000.
Gunpowder Valley Conservancy: to increase leadership capacity and develop a financial plan to diversity revenue sources. $15,293.
Harford Land Trust, Inc.: for developing communications and database upgrades to support the technical capacity. $17,180.
Havre de Grace Maritime Museum: for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Alliance to create an adaptive development plan. $13,000.
Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association, Inc.: for work with a development consultant to create a sustainable and robust plan. $16,500.
National Wildlife Federation: for technical and leadership support for the Young Professionals of Color program through the Choose Clean Water Coalition. $29,960.
Northern Virginia Conservation Trust: for technical capacity support to upgrade multiple systems for donor relations and employee use. $14,541.
Potomac Conservancy: for diversity, equity, and inclusion capacity building through a local consultant. $25,000.
Rock Creek Conservancy: for technical capacity enhancements relating to volunteer outreach and engagement of a broader audience. $7,750.
West Virginia Rivers Coalition: for capacity building support to increase revenue and leadership capacities. $15,000.

Environmental Education Mini Grant Program

September 2019

Anacostia Watershed Society: to remove invasive plants and plant native wildflowers to restore 1 acre of meadow habitat along the river. $5,000.
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute: “Canoe and scoop” water quality field experience. $2,500.
Baltimore Urban Debate League: for native plant and tree installment and pollution outreach for 8th graders in 2 schools. $5,000.
Bethesda Green: for student participation in the Bethesda Green Environmental Leaders Program. $5,000.
Broadway High School: for investigation of water quality and user issues by doing a bottom grab invertebrate investigation and a qualitative measurement study. $290.
Catonsville Elementary School: for field trips on the Patapsco River. $2,375.
Cecil County Public Schools: for a Cecil Manor Elementary School outdoor experience at North Bay. $5,000.
Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries: for field trips including the Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, Wildwood Park Nature Center, the Susquehanna River and the PA State Legislature. $3,260.
Dunloggin Middle School: to establish a better riparian buffer with tree plantings. $4,020.
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s Sassafras Environmental Education Center: for elementary grades to participate in stream cleanups and create artwork. $4,537
Easton High School: for AP Environmental Science students to research and implement capstone projects with industry mentors. $3,700.
Edward M. Felegy Elementary School: for a comprehensive program engaging students about meadow restoration along the Anacostia Watershed. $2,653.
Elk Neck Elementary School: for an outdoor experience at North Bay. $4,154.
Friends of Deckers Creek: to hold a four-part education event for the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club and kayaking field trip. $4,921.
Green Muslims: for the “Our Deen (Faith) is Green” youth outdoor education program, taking place at Hard Bargain Farm in Accokink, MD, and Whitehall Farm in Clifton, VA. $5,000.
The GreenMount School: for garden and wildlife habitat study with trash clean-up in area stream buffers and streets. $5,000.
Henrico Education Foundation: to provide field trips with the James River Association for 150 students. $5,000.
Immaculate Conception School: for watershed research and field experience with Prigel Family Creamery and Conowingo Dam. $5,000.
James River Association: for participants of the Tuckahoe YMCA and Quioccasin Middle School’s STAR program to explore and understand their local watershed through field trips. $5,000.
James River Association: Elizabeth Redd Elementary School’s 5th grade will participate in an in-class lesson, field trip to Presquile National Wildlife Refuge, and a Paint Out Pollution stewardship project. $5,000.
Kent Island High School: for implementation of an outdoor classroom. $5,000.
Key School: for the creation of an environmental sculpture on plastic pollution. $5,000.
Lacey Spring Elementary School: for professional development training for up to 25 teachers about the Chesapeake Bay and restoration. $3,750.
Live It Learn It: for Audubon Naturalist Society field trips by right 5th grade classes with a garbology-focused action project. $5,000.
Loch Raven Technical Academy: 6th grade biosystems field investigation at Camp Puh Tok. $5,000.
MacArthur Middle School: for 330 8th graders to visit Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and install a rain garden. $2,250.
Mary Moss @ J. Albert Adams: for construction of a green house, grow native plants, and expand a rain garden on campus. $4,750.
Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education: to develop teacher training program for Project Learning Tree. $5,000.
Montpelier Elementary School: for student participation in a field experience at Patuxent Research Refuge and install a rain garden on their school grounds. $3,975.
Mountainside Education and Enrichment, Inc.:  for stormwater mitigation education activities for Friends Meeting School. $3,530.
One Montgomery Green: for student participation in the Clean Headwaters Program. $5,000.
Park School of Baltimore: for students to study poultry farming and soil ecology. $4,996.
Park School of Baltimore: for student study of plankton, false-dark mussel filtration rate and efficiency and comparison to oysters in varying Inner Harbor conditions. $4,968.
Rivanna Conservation Alliance: for 200 students to investigate local water pollution issues, monitor water quality, and implement an action project. $4,985.
Skyline High School: for water quality field trips and monitoring by 150 9th-12th graders. $5,000.
Spring Grove Area School District: for a wetland and watershed field trip by 8th grade science students. $2,864.
The Summit School: for sixth through eighth grade students to participate in a Roedown Farm field experience. $4,240.
University of Mary Washington: for professional development training of 20 4th-6th grade teachers on watershed curriculum development and integrating science and literacy. $5,000.
Viers Mills Elementary School: 4th grade field experience and action project on school grounds. $5,000.
Village School: to take student pollinator gardens from concept to fruition, by designing, and installing pollinator gardens for the dual purpose of improving water quality and providing a diverse habitat. $1,178.
Wicomico County Board of Education / Public Schools: for 130 middle schools to engage in outdoor experiences leading to on-campus projects. $2,085.

Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Program

September 2019

Lancaster Farmland Trust: to catalyze the adoption of farm conservation practices, document the current state of conservation plans on farms, and assess any barriers to the implementation of those plans. $100,000.

EPA Conowingo

September 2019

University of Maryland College Park: for the establishment of a Watershed Implementation Plan innovative financing system. $309,814.

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Profile: Emma O’Donnell & Carrie Murray Nature Center

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Participating in the Chesapeake Conservation Corps (Corps) is a unique experience. We are showcasing the individual Conservation Corps members in the 2019-2020 cohort along with information on their host site and descriptions of the incredible work they are doing. This month’s featured Corps member: Emma O’Donnell.

Emma holding the Green Center Certificate

Emma O’Donnell considers herself a lifelong advocate for the environment, which is why she attended Washington College, known in the region for its immersive environmental programming. Emma graduated last spring majoring in Environmental Studies and double minoring in Anthropology and Chesapeake Regional Studies. Interning with the National Aquarium in Baltimore, The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, and The Delaware Center for Inland Bays, Emma became even more interested in the field as she worked her way through college. Emma was drawn to the Corps program because it provides invaluable experience to young adults and would allow her to work on leadership skills throughout the year.

Carrie Murray Nature Center (Nature Center), an entity of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, is located inside of Gwynn’s Falls Leakin Park and is part of Baltimore City’s Division of Recreation and Parks. The park is the largest urban wilderness park east of the Mississippi and the third-largest in the United States serving over 30,000 visitors annually. The Nature Center was created through the generous donation of former Oriole’s hall-of-fame player Eddie Murray, dedicated to his mother, Carrie. The mission of the Nature Center is to ensure that all children can connect to nature through environmental education and leadership. While the programs at the park have changed this summer, the park is open as an escape from the big city for those looking to connect to nature. Thanks to Emma’s hard work, the Nature Center itself is now the first public entity in Baltimore City registered as a Maryland Green Center by the Maryland Association of Environmental & Outdoor Education (M.A.E.O.E).

Emma takes pride in her work with the center, serving as an environmental educator (naturalist). Prior to Covid-19, she facilitated programs like “Every Kid Outdoors” (EKO) which is a National Park initiative and “Aqua Partners” a field trip program in partnership with the National Aquarium and Maryland Public Television (MPT). These and many other programs are provided to assure children from Baltimore City have an opportunity to discover nature every day. Assisting in the daily maintenance of the animals housed at the facility is another part of her job. The Nature Center is home to 19 rescued and rehabilitated animals that broaden the environmental education experiences visiting students receive and are often a highlight for those who are passionate about animals.

Emma Teaching Students about Macroinvertebrates

As her capstone project, Emma took the lead on completing the M.A.E.O.E. Green Center Application for the year 2020. Emma will continue work removing invasive species solo as part of her capstone, which had to be modified due to public safety restrictions. The certification recognizes facilities that demonstrate overall sustainability efforts, exhibit best management practices in daily operation, offer effective environmental education and professional development to all appropriate age groups, and uphold overall sustainable ideals for themselves and their staff. Currently there only 42 Certified Green Centers in the region. Nature Center staff are committed to sustaining such practices for the betterment of our environment, future generations, and Baltimore City.

Emma said she is thankful to be included in so many fantastic initiatives and embraced by the staff of the Nature Center who are constantly helping her evolve to become a better employee, environmentalist, and citizen. She also stated that serving as a Corps member has heightened her passion for the Chesapeake Region and she feels fortunate to work alongside other corps members. Emma looks forward to nurturing all the relationships that she has built in the program as she knows they will aid in her personal growth and professional opportunities. The current Corps class is set to graduate in August, although the ceremony may not be in person as usual.

 

Meet Our Treasure the Chesapeake Sponsors!

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The Treasure the Chesapeake Celebration has been a highly anticipated event for over 21 years. While we are all currently navigating uncharted waters, The Trust is reviewing every option in hopes of continuing the festivity for 2020. While we know for sure that our celebration will not look the same as in the past, we are committed to designing an exciting, enjoyable, and meaningful program to continue the tradition in 2020.

We could not do this alone. Our sponsors have remained stalwart in their support of our work and are a pivotal part of our ability to successfully continue our mission during unforeseen and challenging times. We invite you to read on and learn more about these exemplary industry enterprises.

Oyster Sponsors

Known for their remarkable environmental and health benefits, oysters are considered a keystone organism contributing to the habitat, water quality, and economy of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Great Chesapeake Bay Swim (GCBS) has been a supporter of the Trust and our event for over 20 years. Held the second Sunday of June, the GCBS is one of America’s premier open water swim challenges traversing 4.4 miles across the Chesapeake Bay. While this year’s event was cancelled due to COVID-19, it is confirmed for June 13, 2021 and spectators are encouraged to watch from Sandy Point State Park or the beach adjacent to Hemingway’s Restaurant on the Eastern Shore.

The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment is a family foundation believing in strategic infusions of funding and dedicating nearly 100% of grant dollars to the environment. “As citizens of the planet, we are compelled to participate in the protection of natural resources in the communities where we live.”

Osprey Sponsors

Top of the food chain, the Osprey is considered a good indicator of the health, abundance, and changes in the quality of the environment.

Founded in 2017, Elm Street Development has grown into one of the Baltimore-Washington region’s largest privately owned residential and mixed-use developers. Elm Street’s mission is to create communities where residents can thrive, play, connect, and grow. “We consider ourselves fortunate to operate in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We recognize the enormous stewardship responsibility that goes along with the spectacular location. It is an honor to be a sponsor of the Chesapeake Bay Trust since 2017.”

Rockfish Sponsors

Also known as Striped Bass, the Rockfish is prized by Chesapeake sport fisherman for their size and are Maryland’s most important commercial and recreational species.

Meadville Land Service, Inc. is considered one of the front running contractors in ecological restoration. For over 20 years, their sole focus has been to return balance to the natural environment. Core services include construction, restoration and mitigation of streams and wetlands, erosion control applications including bioengineering installation, reforestation through the installation of native trees and shrubs, and seeding with specialty mixes.

Canvasback Sponsors

One of the most striking of the waterfowl species, Canvasbacks are important members of healthy, aquatic ecosystems

Bayland shares the Trust’s mission to preserve and restore natural resources throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. A proud sponsor of our event since 2009, Bayland appreciates restoration’s positive effect on the environment, local community values and individual citizen stewardship. Providing a complete array of engineering and environmental services focused on ecological restoration and development of essential infrastructure projects located at the land-water interface, they are dedicated to smart and sustainable development.

EcoTone is an ecological restoration firm that designs and builds sustainable ecological solutions. ​Providing full-delivery ecosystem restoration, mitigation, design, construction, and consulting solutions, their areas of expertise include stream design and construction, wetland restoration, stormwater management, reforestation, wildlife habitat management, and mitigation credit banking. ​​As the industry’s preferred one-stop solution for ecological restoration projects they help navigate the regulatory process, minimize project costs, and deliver sustainable restoration solutions.

The Hatcher Group is a women-owned, full-service communications and marketing firm dedicated to inspiring social change for good. For nearly 20 years, we have developed and executed effective communications strategies for major national foundations, nonprofits, government agencies, and other mission-driven organizations. We proudly work with them to restore the environment; build healthy, sustainable communities; advance social justice; support working families; and improve education. We have been pleased to support the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s TTC event for eight years—their dedication to improving the natural resources of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region through environmental education, community engagement and local watershed restoration is critical now more than ever.

Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates is a full-service CPA and consulting firm serving the complete financial needs of Mid-Atlantic area nonprofit organizations, businesses, and families. We are happy to support the Trust’s efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay and local watersheds by supporting the Treasure the Chesapeake event.

Textron Systems Corporation is part of the Textron Inc.’s family of powerful brands including Cessna, Beechcraft, Bell and E-Z-GO, we’re best known for innovative defense, government and aerospace technologies and services. Having been in the industry for more than 50 years, their business is all about people – the customers who rely on them and the exceptional team that brings their mission to life. Textron Systems is committed to the communities where they live and work and is proud to be a part of The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Treasure the Chesapeake event.

Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc., a Davey Tree Company, focuses on providing a full range of natural and cultural resource services to support client’s needs.  With an excellent reputation in the industry and representing a variety of disciplines, they are located in five office locations in Millersville, Maryland and Gainesville (headquarters), Richmond, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Their experience is extensive: since 1991 WSSI has worked on ±8,250 projects across ±310,200 acres creating and restoring over 1,000 acres of wetlands and designing ±282,000 linear feet (±53 miles) of stream restoration.

Wild Rice & The Changing Landscape of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

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Did you know that wild rice is more than just a side dish found at dinner time? Native to the Chesapeake Bay region, wild rice is an annual grass found in freshwater marshes and has been declining in reproduction due to the increase of non-migratory waterfowl, invasive plants, and water pollution.

In 2015, Prince George’s County Public Schools Department of Curriculum and Instruction began collaborating with the William S. Schmidt Outdoor Education Center to engage seventh-graders from 15 different schools in restoring the wild rice growing along the Patuxent River. Educators saw an opportunity to develop a meaningful watershed educational experience (MWEE) for understanding watershed water quality issues and the decline of native species.

The MWEE model of education focuses on investigations into local environmental issues that lead to action and civic engagement. One major goal of the MWEE model is to increase student’s academic achievement, engagement, 21st Century skills (learning, digital literacy, and life skills), and stewardship. Teachers play an important role in presenting unbiased information and assisting students with their research and exploration and all lessons meet Environmental Literacy standards (ELS), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). MWEE essential elements include an issue definition, outdoor field experiences, action projects, and sharing student-developed synthesis and conclusions in coordination with the school and the local community.

With funding provided through the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Environmental Education Grant Program, students used their schoolyard to gather data related to habitat use and degradation within their watershed. Data was collected in the form of a habitat report card developed by curriculum writers and Schmidt Center staff. The report card was used by students to develop a plan for restoring habitat on school grounds and in the community as it relates to migratory birds.

Students propagated wild rice in the classroom using grow stands and/or wet beds outside on their schoolyard throughout the winter. They maintained an optimum growing environment for the plants and collected data, such as germination rates, blade length, and plant density. Students took part in investigating the environmental impact and relationship between humans and the earth’s resources while researching the characteristics of wild rice and the role it plays in benefiting wetlands and reducing pollution. During early spring, students planted their wild rice at Patuxent River Park and Accokeek Foundation and worked to develop habitat restoration awareness signage used off-site or on their school grounds.

Through this program, students were a part of an on-going restoration project of wild rice in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. They also learned about other related issues, including invasive and non-invasive species, water quality, and the Bay ecosystem. A one-day professional development session on wild rice was provided by the Schmidt Center staff to the participating schools/teachers.

These partnerships increased opportunities for students to engage in environmental action projects, moved PGCPS towards a distinguished level in establishing state partners, supported grade level thematic approaches that enhanced the implementation of Environmental Literacy standards, and integrated social studies and science content areas. As the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Education Workgroup states, “The well-being of the Chesapeake Bay watershed will one day rest in the hands of its youngest citizens.”