Goal Implementation Team Initiative Projects

The Chesapeake Bay Trust has been designated to receive federal funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Chesapeake Bay Program Goal Implementation Team Project Initiative. The work funded by this initiative advances outcomes identified in the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Each year, certain outcomes are chosen by the Chesapeake Bay Program as top priorities to address, and these stretch across all Goal Implementation Teams (GIT) and workgroups. For more information about the program visit the GIT main page.

Awarded projects funded from Fiscal Year 2014 to today and access to final reports are below. Projects without links to final report are still in progress.

Award NumberScope NumberScope TitleOrganization NameAward AmountProject Start DateProject StatusProject DescriptionGIT Lead
129056Striped Bass Health Indicator DevelopmentEcoAnalytics LLC$39,2001/15/2015Completed 9/30/2015

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Climate models predict frequency and intensity of rain events in MD will change. Future climate is likely to increase the intensity of rain events. We hypothesize that current rules on design of BMPs and stream restoration may be inadequate to ensure success. We will implement a comprehensive analysis across the state of MD on the range of event intensity and duration under mid- and late-century climate and implications for BMP and restoration designHoward Townsend
129001Forage Fish Indicator/Metric DevelopmentUniversity of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)$49,0002/1/2015Completed 1/29/2016

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Forage species play an integral role in the Chesapeake Bay food web by supporting higher trophic level production. Except for menhaden, many forage species are not directly managed by the ASMFC or Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions, but these species are critical to sustaining economically valuable commercial and recreational fish species in the Bay. Better understanding of the forage base, habitat areas critical for forage production, and predator-prey interactions involving these valuable species would be an important step toward ecosystem-based fisheries management in the Chesapeake Bay. The overarching purpose of this work is to directly address short-term research needs identified in the STAC Forage Workshop. Research needs must relate to one or both of two groups of priority forage species as identified in the workshop: forage species of known concern: (Bay anchovy, mysids, weakfish, spot, mantis shrimp, polychaetes, amphipods and isopods, sand shrimp, Atlantic croaker, razor clams, and macoma spp.) or forage species of probable historical concern, or of likely importance in undersampled environments (menhaden, shad and herring, blue crab, Menidia spp., Fundulus spp.).Tom Ihde
128974Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee (CBSAC) Research Needs University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)$81,282.412/11/2015Completed
4/3/2019

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Each year, the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee (CBSAC) identifies critical research and data needs in their Blue Crab Advisory Report. This project will support multiple CBSAC research needs and improve our understanding of blue crab population dynamics. Research priorities of CBSAC include improved estimates of overwintering mortality, application of other surveys to complement the Winter Dredge Survey and evaluation of gear efficiency estimates. The project should also contribute to Blue Crab Outcomes under the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and the associate management strategy being developed by the Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team. Andrew Turner
136631Drivers of Forage Population Trends and Consumption PatternsUniversity of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)$60,0003/1/2016Completed 6/27/2018

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Evaluating impacts of road salts on stormwater BMPs and mobilization of associated salts, nutrients, and metals remains a challenge. We propose new experiments in the Baltimore-Washington, DC metro area to quantify the effects of different road salts on water quality across stormwater BMPs. We hypothesize that potential for contaminant retention and mobilization is based on the different types of road salts, threshold concentration levels, and stormwater BMP characteristics. We will evaluate effects of different road salts on mobilizing contaminants across stormwater BMPs and monitor salts, nutrients, and metals in nearby stream outfalls in response to deicing events.Tom Ihde
145771Shell/Habitat Dynamics in Oyster Restoration and Fishery ManagementVirginia Institute of Marine Science, School of Marine Science, College of William & Mary$59,9992/1/2017Completed 7/30/2019

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Oyster Mortality Playbook
Elevated chloride concentrations in surface and groundwater from road salt is a national concern due to chloride’s numerous negative effects. Existing studies indicate that strategies to prevent chloride loading by reducing salt application are most effective to address this problem; yet, the extent to which these techniques are applied in Maryland is unknown. The team will conduct a literature review and surveys to test the following hypothesis: “Significant potential exists to reduce chloride inputs to surface and groundwater through adoption of salt reduction strategies in Maryland.” and evaluate which salt reduction techniques are the most effective.Stephanie Westby
145832Evaluation of Environmental Factors Influencing Blue Crab PopulationsUniversity of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)$49,589.412/1/2017Completed 7/24/2019

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The primary objective of the project is to assess the spatially-aggregated effectiveness of ESD BMP’s in addressing four stormwater management goals at the watershed scale through a comparative experimental study to be conducted within the Upper Little Patuxent River watershed over a three-year period. Effectiveness of ESD implementation in a currently developing watershed will be assessed relative to a “control” watershed that was mostly developed prior to inclusion of ESD BMP’s into development plans. A secondary project objective is to determine how aggregated ESD effectiveness scales as a function of rainstorm magnitude for storms that occur during the project.Bruce Vogt and Emilie Franke
157652Establishing a Shoreline Condition Metric or ThresholdVirginia Institute of Marine Science, School of Marine Science, College of William & Mary$80,0006/7/2018Completed 11/20/2019

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Iron occurrence is likely a result of dissolved iron in groundwater infiltration, disturbed soils at lower depths and the combination of the RSC conditions. Using a mesocosm will allow for a controlled experimental environment to directly address the question: Are there direct or indirect effects of iron to the stream macro-invertebrate community? A field study and experiment will complement the mesocosm study by identifying temporal shifts in stream chemistry/hydrology and iron presence at RSC locations (TBD) while monitoring and conducting caged field experiments on representative benthic macroinvertebrate species.Bruce Vogt
157941Development of a Long-Term Oyster Monitoring PlanOyster Recovery Partnership, Inc.$75,0003/1/2018Completed
5/15/2020

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here.
Analyze high-frequency nitrate and streamflow data from nested watersheds in suburban Baltimore to test how well the treatment train works, how much connectivity between the stream and riparian area will reduce nitrogen, and how impervious area and infiltration practices impact the results.Stephanie Westby
167983An Ecosystem Approach to Living Shorelines Project DesignVirginia Institute of Marine Science, School of Marine Science, College of William & Mary$49,9943/1/2019In ProgressTo evaluate the impacts of traditional and stormwater management practices on channel stability, using two extreme development watersheds with high quality data that will be modeled using a watershed model (SWMM) and a channel evolution model (CONCEPTS). Study results will compare the impact of traditional and practices on channel stability to provide insight into the causes of and potential solutions to channel degradation.Andrew Larkin
168044Support for Inventory & Evaluation of Environmental and Biological Response Data for Fish Habitat AssessmentTetra Tech, Inc.$89,9573/1/2019In ProgressThis research will identify realistic ecological outcomes in urban stream restorations by developing a benthic macroinvertebrate tool to that can be used for planning to determine better successful factors and ultimately better success at the sites selected. A.K. Leight
177403Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Nursery Habitat AssessmentVirginia Institute of Marine Science, School of Marine Science, College of William & Mary$84,9893/1/2020In ProgressThe South River Federation and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center will evaluate the cumulative performance of multiple Best Management Practices (BMPs) at a subwatershed scale. The research team will compare watershed-level discharges of sediment and nutrient pollutants from seven interconnected, restored subwatersheds of Church Creek. Bruce Vogt
Grant NumberScope NumberScope TitleOrganization NameAward AmountProject Start DateProject StatusProject DescriptionGIT Lead
130137Accelerate Wetland Restoration in Support of WIPs / GIT IntegrationOpinionWorks LLC$48,982.53/20/2015Completed
5/7/2015

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Wetland restoration is an outcome in the Chesapeake Bay Agreement, as measured by an indicator tracked by the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP), and is a practice called for in the Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) prepared by the states of the Chesapeake watershed. The current 2025 WIP goal for wetland restoration in agricultural landscapes within the watershed is 106,121 acres. The rate of project funding and implementation needs to be accelerated in order to meet both the WIP targets as well as the goals set in the new Chesapeake Bay Agreement as measured by the CBP indicator. One of the factors most often cited to be a barrier to accomplishing wetland implementation is landowner willingness. The main purpose of the project is to create a plan to better market wetland restoration to landowners. The first task is to identify, among agricultural landowners of > 40 acres who have agreed to allow or pursue wetland restoration on their properties, key interests and benefits driving their decision (perceived barriers and benefits) to allow/pursue these projects; and among landowners who have not agreed to wetland restoration, perceived barriers and benefits to refusing or not pursuing such projects on their lands. The second component of this project will be to create a social marketing plan based on identification of perceived benefits and barriers and pilot-tested messaging methodology within any identified audience segments.Denise Clearwater
136712Culvert Assessments for Fish Passage in Priority WatershedsVirginia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office$44,997.283/1/2016Completed
4/3/2017

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The fish passage work group (FPWG) was successful in prioritizing nearly 5000 dams in the Chesapeake watershed for their potential to benefit anadromous fish. However, the FPWG has little to no information on potential fish blockages due to road crossings. Using the Chesapeake Fish Passage Prioritization Tool, the FPWG has identified priority areas for dam removal projects. Hence, culvert assessments would be focused in these priority areas as a cost savings measure and to conduct targeted restoration. Assessments will be conducted using regional assessment protocol developed by the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC). Once assessments are complete, the FPWG will pursue funding for design and implementation of retrofits for each of the priority blockages. Mary Andrews and Serena McClain
136723Development of a Decision Support Tool to Inform Black Duck Wintering Habitat Delivery Goals Taking Current and Future Landscape Conditions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed into ConsiderationU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service$49,9903/9/2016Completed
12/21/2016

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Development of a decision support tool to inform black duck wintering habitat. Development of a decision support tool that will allow conservation managers to estimate habitat needs and prioritize conservation actions on the ground, to ensure habitat (i.e., food resources) of sufficient quality and quantity to support the wintering black duck population goal. Information is to be provided at multiple spatial scales within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, allowing acreage goals that all partners in the watershed can use to measure and report progress on the watershed-wide black duck goal, in 2-5 year increments.Gary Costanzo
145714Watershed Group and Citizen Monitoring of Fish Habitat/SAVWaterkeepers Chesapeake$51,217.72/1/2017Completed
4/19/2018

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Waterkeepers Chesapeake will serve as the umbrella or coordinator organization on this project for (1) Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, (2) Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, (3) Severn River Association, (4) James River Association, and (5) Chesapeake Commons. This project will foster the development of four SAV monitoring programs that will collect SAV diversity, abundance, and distribution data, as well as data on forage associated with this and other tributary habitats, while also helping the four watershed organizations meet their own water quality goals.Brooke Landry and Tom Idhe
145873Updates to the Chesapeake Fish Passage ToolThe Nature Conservancy$69,2692/1/2017Completed
10/15/2019

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This project will update the Chesapeake Fish Passage Prioritization website from its current implementation in Flash to JavaScript, leveraging the modular mapping platform deployed for the new Northeast Aquatic Connectivity web map. Existing data layers including dams and brook trout habitat will be updated and relevant new layers such as stream temperature data will be incorporated. Mary Andrews
150675Increasing Landowner Participation in Wetland Restoration Programs – Website Content and Marketing Strategy DevelopmentChesapeake Environmental Communications$46,0056/1/2017Completed
12/5/2018

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Wetlands provide a large range of ecosystem services and are vital components of the overall Chesapeake restoration and protection effort. The Chesapeake Bay Program's (CBP) goal of creating or reestablishing 85,000 acres of wetlands by 2025, with 83,000 of those acres targeted for agricultural lands, cannot be met without significant and timely action by private landowners. Landowners often are unaware of, or intimidated by, the large number of state/federal/nonprofit programs available to support wetland restoration. Chesapeake Environmental Communications proposes a targeted plan to strategically connect landowners with funding and technical support to further CBP goal attainment.Amy Jacobs
153676Assessing Multifunctional Riparian Forest Buffer Benefits Penns Valley Conservation Association$63,00010/1/2017
In Progress

The Penns Valley Multifunctional Riparian Forest Buffer Initiative assesses the benefits of two unique multifunctional riparian forest buffers (MFRFB) in one subbasin in Eastern Centre County, Pennsylvania, the Upper Penns Creek Watershed. The assessment for MFRFB will focus on low-cost propagation techniques, maximizing profits, improving water quality, and enhancing habitat. Strategic partnerships and alliance building will help leverage ecological and socio-economic opportunities for MFRFBs. Site designs and a detailed species matrix will accompany a revolving fund framework in assessing the goods and services in the forest product economy landscape, including on-going replication, and maintenance opportunities demonstrated on a subbasin scale.Matt Keefer
157693Targeted Outreach for Wetland Protection and RestorationThe Nature Conservancy$74,9773/1/2018In ProgressThe Nature Conservancy will perform outreach to private landowners to increase the acreage of wetlands being restored and protected in targeted locations. They will test multiple outreach strategies to determine tools and techniques that increase landowner engagement and participation in restoration programs. The proposed project will: develop and test multiple outreach strategies in priority locations on Delmarva, collaborate with an advisory group of wetland restoration stakeholders, and evaluate outcomes and make recommendations for future outreach efforts.Mitch Hartley
157704 BReview of Statutes and Regulations that Protect Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in the Chesapeake Bay Chesapeake Legal Alliance$24,7503/1/2018Completed
8/15/19

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SAV Database
This project will evaluate and enhance current statutes and regulations that protect existing SAV in the Chesapeake Bay. Chesapeake Legal Alliance (CLA) will provide a thorough review and analysis of existing federal and Chesapeake Bay jurisdiction statutes, regulations, and regulatory programs and policies that protect submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in the Chesapeake Bay. CLA will offer determinations as to the effectiveness and adequacy of the existing statutory framework in meeting Bay-wide SAV restoration goals, and suggestions for improvement. CLA will provide a final report and searchable database of existing statutes and regulations, and a presentation of findings.Becky Golden
157914 ADevelopment of Citizen Scientist Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Monitoring Protocol/Manual and Training/Certification Program University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)$24,9543/1/2018Completed
12/31/2018

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Video Training
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) will develop scientific protocols reflecting the needs and capabilities of citizen science monitoring efforts in Chesapeake Bay. The protocols will be tested during a sampling session at Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. Using science communication principles, an SAV Monitoring Methods Manual targeted towards citizen scientists will be created, building off various previously-developed methods manuals. A series of short, informative videos will also be produced by the team and made publicly available online for educational and training purposes. A certificate program for this training will also be established to document training completion and competencies.Brooke Landry
167716Culvert Assessments for Fish Passage and Sediment in the Opequon Watershed, WVCacapon Institute$45,1943/1/2019In ProgressCacapon Institute (CI) will conduct culvert assessment in Tuscarora and Mill Creek watersheds of Opequon Creek, WV, using the protocol developed by the NAACC. CI will write, and receive approval for, a QAPP. CI will work with Technical Project Lead during the data collection phase to review preliminary results and expectations for the analysis phase. CI will identification of future fish passage projects with recommendations for Best Management Practice (BMP) implementation involving culverts that reduce sediment and benefit aquatic habitat and develop a lessons-learned for culvert design document.Alana Hartman
177227Targeted Local Outreach for Green Infrastructure in Vulnerable AreasSkeo Solutions, Inc.$64,8171/1/2020In ProgressTo help equip local decision makers in underserved and underrepresented communities in Delmarva, Virginia and Pennsylvania with green infrastructure options tailored to provide co-benefits through a series of custom Roundtables and Workshops. Develop and deliver a Final Report and accompanying presentation that is a culmination of information gathered throughout the project across all three target locations.Jennifer Greiner
177355Development of the "Maryland Stream Crossing Design Guidance: A Fish-Friendly Stream Crossing Design Handbook"Coastal Resources, Inc.$48,0383/1/2020In ProgressCoastal Resources, Inc. (CRI) will develop the “Maryland Stream Crossing Design Guidance: A Fish-Friendly Stream Crossing Design Handbook”. The goal of this guidance document is to influence and improve road-stream crossing efficiency and design in order to improve fish passage and flooding resiliency. The guidance document will aid in re-connecting hundreds of historic stream miles of habitat for many target fish species (river herring, shad, and brook trout). This scope of work includes five deliverables that will be completed by CRI.Mary Andrews
177386Development of Technical Guidance Manual and Outreach Materials for Small-scale Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration in Chesapeake Bay and its Tidal TributariesGreen Fin Studio$49,9073/1/2020In ProgressThis project will involve developing a technical guidance manual for small-scale SAV restoration in Chesapeake Bay. We will also develop educational and outreach materials in support of this document. As part of this effort, we will conduct a literature review of documents about SAV restoration and monitoring. We will also conduct interviews with multiple SAV restoration and monitoring experts from the Chesapeake region.Brooke Landry
Grant NumberScope NumberScope TitleOrganization NameAward AmountProject Start DateProject StatusProject DescriptionGIT Lead
136544Quantify BMP Impact on each Management StrategyTetra Tech, Inc.$89,9493/1/2016Completed
6/16/2017

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Appendix D

Appendix E
The project will evaluate the BMPs currently approved for use in the watershed model as well as those in expert panels and on the most recent priority list to evaluate the impact each practice has on each of the 29 Management Strategies. Each BMP will be assigned an impact score ranging from -10 to +10 for each Management Strategy or outcome. Potential references include BMP Panel reports, scientific literature, the previously funded toxic contaminants study and best professional judgment. The awardee will be expected to engage the Management Strategy development teams to brief them and provide the opportunity for their input. The project will produce both a table showing the resulting impact scores as well as a project report that documents the scientific basis for assigning the scores.James Davis-Martin
136615Targeted Outreach Tools for Fish Consumption Advisories in Diverse Chesapeake Bay CommunitiesTetra Tech, Inc.$49,9993/1/2016Completed
12/31/2017

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The diversity management strategy, which acknowledges the importance of engaging more diverse populations in restoration of the Bay also requires policies and practices that address the socioeconomic, historic, cultural, recreational and human health values of these underrepresented populations. The diversity management strategy and both toxic contaminants strategies focus on the need to address toxic contaminants related to fish consumption and subsistence fishing in particular. The policy and prevention strategy, which focuses mostly on PCBs, includes this as a strategic element because it will be effective in building public awareness on the severity and extent of PCBs in the environment. This work is necessary in order to inventory outreach tools and efforts to date, evaluate their effectiveness, develop tools to enhance awareness of contaminants in fish and determine the most effective means of disseminating information. Greg Allen and Reggie Parrish
145648Assessing Benefits of Wastewater Treatment Plant Nutrient Control Upgrades on Toxic ContaminantsTetra Tech, Inc.$39,8332/1/2017Completed
9/12/2019

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This project evaluates potential toxic reduction benefits that could be achieved through upgrades at wastewater treatment plants in addition to the implementation of traditional nutrient and sediment nonpoint source BMPs examined in 2015. Greg Allen
145887Development of Chesapeake Bay Technology Assessment Protocol for Manufactured Stormwater Treatment DevicesUniversity of Delaware$43,7802/1/2017In Progress

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Comparison between Draft CBTAP and TAPE
The expert panel approach will be used to select evaluation protocols for manufactured stormwater treatment devices (MTDs) and non-proprietary best management practices using the previously developed, but never implemented, Virginia Technology Assessment Protocol. Since MTD units vary widely in size and testing and evaluating every variation of them is infeasible, sizing criteria for generalizing the results of evaluations for specific MTDs will be explored and recommendations made.Normand Goulet
157587Feasibility Study for Voluntary Phase-Out of PCBs in Current UseEastern Research Group, Inc.$39,9153/1/2018Completed
7/26/19

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Eastern Research Group (ERG) will apply its extensive expertise in polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) phase-out activities, voluntary program design, and cost-benefit analysis to help the Chesapeake Bay Program lay the groundwork for a program to promote the voluntary removal of PCB-containing materials. As a primary contractor for EPA’s nationwide PCB phase-out efforts, ERG will bring unique insights and efficiencies as we work collaboratively with the Toxic Contaminants Workgroup to estimate PCB prevalence in Watershed states, assess costs and benefits of phase-out options, and identify promising models for the design of a cost-effective voluntary program.Fred Pinkney
157625Integrating Monitoring, Modeling and Trends Analyses to Inform Management DecisionsTetra Tech, Inc.$74,9183/1/2018In ProgressTetra Tech will work with the steering committee to define a geographic area of interest, generate a case study that showcases how to retrieve information, and generate basic visualization outputs such as charts, graphs, and maps. Tetra Tech will demonstrate the case study via a webinar to the steering committee and Water Quality Goal Implementation Team.James Davis-Martin
157816Crafting Guidance for Enhanced Treatment by Roadside Ditch Management PracticesCenter for Watershed Protection, Inc.$59,9233/1/2018Completed
2/6/2019

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The Center for Watershed Protection (CWP) and Hirschman Water & Environment (HW&E) are uniquely qualified to develop Guidance for Enhanced Treatment by Roadside Ditch Management (RDM) Practice. CWP will utilize experience developing stormwater guidebooks and experience designing and implementing roadside ditch practices in Maryland to develop draft detailed design guidance for four RDM practices including: ditch elimination, ditch stabilization, ditch treatment, and ditch retrofit. HW&E as lead author of the “Performance Enhancing Devices for Stormwater Best Management Practices” document will coordinate the development of design guidelines for the use of performance enhancing devices in RDM practices.Tom Schueler
167771Quantification of the Value of Green Infrastructure Hazard Mitigation Related to Inland and Coastal FloodingResearch Triangle Institute$74,9953/1/2019In ProgressThis proposal offers a 4-step framework for identifying and quantifying the relationship between implementation of green infrastructure BMPs and avoided losses due to flood damage. This relationship will provide the basis for estimating average (per acre) values of ecosystem service co-benefits for specific BMPs, which can then be included in the CAST model. We will demonstrate the framework at selected pilot sites and for selected BMPs and provide a roadmap for replicating the approach across the watershed and for other BMPs.Kristin Saunders
167707Pavement Sealant Protocol Development: Identifying New High Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) Pollution SourcesSitelab Corporation$85,0005/1/2019In ProgressGoal is to develop a standard operating procedure for testing PAH content in parking lot sealcoats and create a certification program for sealcoats used in the Chesapeake watershed and throughout the United States. Materials used to manufacture sealcoats vary. Most sealcoats in commercial use are made with coal tars, ethylene cracker residues or are asphalt-based. Testing sealcoats with a National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) certified laboratory will ensure that an accurate, robust, and legally defensible test method is used in the process. An ongoing list of certified sealcoat products will inform the public of the general concentration of PAHs in each manufacturer's product. Manufacturers who participate will know if their product meets a 1,000 ppm or 10,000 ppm regulatory limit (labeled as 'Gold' or 'Silver' standard). This information will be important for communities who want to ban sealcoats made with high concentrations of PAHs.Lillian Power
167829Turf to Buffers Stewardship Campaign for Bay CountiesJ&J Okay Consulting, Inc.$73,5173/1/2019In ProgressLand use changes from forest to development increases sediment loads and polluted surface flow to Bay feeder streams. A new focus on restoring forest buffers along streams adjacent to non-ag land uses will help to improve water quality in tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay.
This project involves partnering with the Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Naturalist Program. It is an opportunity to develop a strong effort to support riparian forest buffer restoration with an infusion of energy from volunteers with the desire to make a difference for the tributaries in Virginia.
Sally Claggett
177264Piloting the Development of Probabilistic Intensity Duration Frequency (IDF) Curves for the Chesapeake Bay WatershedThe RAND Corporation$149,9003/1/2020In ProgressTo protect individuals in urban and coastal zones from flooding due to projected increases in heavy rainfall events in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (CBW), and to design and build infrastructure assets to withstand anticipated future precipitation conditions, design standards should reflect future precipitation projections and not solely be based on historical precipitation records. This project proposes to develop projected intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) curves for the entire CBW, as well as analyze relevant climate data, downscaling methods, and future uncertainties. Once derived, we will make these curves available and accessible in an online tool. To carry out this work, the study team – the RAND Corporation, the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) at Cornell University, and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) – will leverage their expertise, past projects, familiarity with the CBW, and stakeholder connections in the region.Normand Goulet
1772910Correctional Conservation CollaborativeChesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council$74,0893/1/2020In ProgressDrawing on our experience and relationships in the landscaping trade, conservation, and related communities, CCLC and our partners will work closely with the Pennsylvania DCNR team to analyze and assess the recent Correctional Conservation Collaborative program, as well as other corrections-based workforce development efforts in the Bay region. A large portion of this effort will involve research, discussions, and gathering and coalescing information to generate a series of reports, contact lists, checklists, assessments, and a training manual and curriculum to support the expansion of the CCC urban forestry and riparian forest buffer programs across Pennsylvania and to other states in the region. This work overlaps with CCLC's primary efforts to expand and consistently train the workforce of landscape professionals to help local and state governments in the Bay watershed meet their water quality and habitat goals.Teddi Stark
Grant NumberScope NumberScope TitleOrganization NameAward AmountProject Start DateProject StatusProject DescriptionGIT Lead
129112Identification of Additional Healthy Watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Portion of West VirginiaThe Nature Conservancy$47,526.653/24/2015Completed
2/9/2016

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The condition and function of five pilot watersheds in West Virginia was conducted at two different spatial scales—HUC12 watersheds and NHDPlus catchments—using a hierarchical approach that individually modeled three landscapes that characterize a watershed: streams, wetlands, and uplands. The purpose of this work is to expand this tool beyond its use to identify protection and restoration opportunities and needs to identification of areas of high conservation value for protection ( healthy watersheds). The deliverables of this work will be identification of healthy watersheds in West Virginia at the HUC 12 and/or NHDPlus Catchment scale for potential* inclusion into the State-Identified Healthy Watersheds dataset maintained by the Chesapeake Bay Program and identification of healthy watersheds in West Virginia at the HUC12 or NHDPlus Catchment scale using the existing State-identified healthy waters.Renee Thompson and John Wolf
136647Healthy Watersheds Forest/TMDL Project Phase IIVirginia Department of Forestry$50,0003/1/2016Completed
8/8/2017

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Although forest cover is recognized as one of the best land uses for achieving Chesapeake Bay water quality and healthy watershed goals and outcomes, localities in the watershed have long maintained that unless TMDL credit is given for retaining forestland, there is little local incentive for preserving forestland. The objective is to build the technical and modeling evidence needed to stimulate negotiation at the federal, state and local levels necessary to drive land use planning and decisions in directions that sustain and maintain forestland. This effort will focus on local officials to get land use policies and decisions that retain forestland in healthy watersheds implemented. This project should identify lessons learned and develop a tool box of local authorities that can then be rolled up into the planned online Chesapeake Bay wide tool box repository and made available throughout the Watershed.
Renee Thompson
136706Evaluation of Land Use Policy Options, Incentives and Planning Tools to Reduce the Rate of Conversion of Agricultural Lands, Forest and WetlandsUniversity of Maryland College Park$66,0773/1/2016Completed
7/18/2017

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This project will build off of initial work where a scope of work was developed to determine various options and costs for implementing the three Management Strategy (MS) tasks. The Offerer will conduct a comprehensive review/study to implement one of the MS tasks: “determine the spectrum of existing policy options, incentives and planning tools current being implemented at the local and state level." This has been identified by Healthy Watershed Goal Team staff and leadership as a key first step in the implementation of the three tasks outlined in the Land Use Options and Evaluation MS. The results will be used to inform the implementation (at a later date) of the additional two MS tasks related to survey and tool development.Renee Thompson
1459110Methodology for Developing High-Resolution Stream and Waterbody Datasets for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Chesapeake Conservancy$74,9972/22/2017Completed
6/30/2018

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This proposal will investigate and evaluate existing and novel methods for deriving stream lines and areas, with the goal of developing a rigorous mapping methodology that can be applied at the landscape scale. The Chesapeake Conservancy and University of Maryland Baltimore County will partner, bringing together decades of scientific and geospatial experience to devise scientifically rigorous and scalable methodologies that work across various scales and landscapes. By June 2018, this partnership proposes to conduct fieldwork in three geographies, develop a thorough literature review, and deliver a mapping protocol and report in cooperation with the Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team.Peter Claggett
153659Preliminary State-Identified Healthy Watersheds Vulnerability Assessments for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Tetra Tech, Inc.$45,00010/1/2017Completed 5/20/20

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Tetra Tech will assist the Chesapeake Bay Trust in supporting the Chesapeake Bay Program's Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team in tracking progress towards the Healthy Watershed Outcome. Tetra Tech will apply EPA's Preliminary Healthy Watersheds Assessment framework to assess the condition of state-identified healthy watersheds, identify additional geospatial data for the Chesapeake region to refine assessments, develop an approach to use the framework to track watershed health, and apply the framework to identify vulnerabilities in these valued watersheds. Tetra Tech will prepare a report documenting the condition and vulnerability assessments and the proposed tracking approach for healthy watersheds.Renee Thompson
157738Healthy Watersheds Forest/TMDL Project Phase IIIVirginia Department of Forestry$70,0003/1/2018Completed
10/1/2019

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Building on Phases I and II, Task 1 of Phase III involves working with one locality in the Rappahannock River basin to modify their existing comprehensive plan, growth management policies, and development ordinances to favor forest and agricultural land retention so conservation models can be duplicated throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In Task 2 the Department of Forestry will work with the private financial sector to design approaches to attract private capital into the financing of forest and agricultural lands conservation on a sustainable, landscape scale. Task 3 focuses on coordination with other Chesapeake Bay Program workgroup efforts to institutionalize needed changes.Renee Thompson
1713810Chesapeake Watershed Conservation Finance Intensive WorkshopThe Conservation Fund$20,5004/1/2019Completed 5/22/2020

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CFN will deliver an intensive conservation finance workshop and spur ongoing network communication and engagement among 40 Chesapeake watershed practitioners in service to the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership Management Strategy for Protected Lands goals in the Bay Agreement. CFN operates the longest-running and most effective conservation finance training at the national level and has built a cross-sector, networked community of practice. These courses and connections have increased the capabilities of over 450 land and resource conservation finance professionals to make use of innovative—and effective—funding and financing strategies. By tailoring CFN’s proven model to the most relevant strategies for the Chesapeake watershed, we will achieve the stated goal: increase the knowledge, skills, and ability of land conservation practitioners to tap existing, new and more complex sources of public funding and private capital to accelerate strategic land conservation efforts and undertake more ambitious projects that provide even greater public benefit.Renee Thompson
177271Improving Technical Service Delivery to Private LandownerChesapeake Conservancy$54,0003/1/2020In ProgressThe Chesapeake Conservancy (CC) is writing in response to the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s request for proposal to coordinate Improved Technical Service Delivery to Private Landowners (SOW 1). CC will 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. This application describes background information, proposed approaches, deliverables and qualifications to meet the RFP requirements within one year of the contract execution date for the amount of $54,000.Christine Conn
1771511Implementation of Chesapeake Healthy Watersheds Assessment in Maryland’s Tier II watershedsTetra Tech, Inc.$54,9744/1/2020In ProgressTetra Tech will build upon the Chesapeake Bay Healthy Watersheds Assessment (CHWA) framework to develop a state-specific approach for refining the characterization of watershed health and vulnerability in Maryland. This work will create a Maryland Healthy Watershed Assessment (MDHWA) that establishes watershed health and vulnerability indicators for Maryland’s Tier II waters. The MDHWA will serve as a model that can be replicated in other jurisdictions and updated in future assessments. This project will support the Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (HWGIT) in tracking progress towards the Healthy Watersheds Outcome in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, that 100% of state-identified healthy waters and watersheds remain healthy.Renee Thompson
Award NumberScope NumberScope TitleOrganization NameAward AmountProject Start DateProject StatusProject DescriptionGIT Lead
129039Leveraging Local Lessons/Development of a Crowd Sourced Database as Part of the Chesapeake Network to Promote Shared Outreach and Marketing Case Studies, Results, and MaterialsSkyline Technology Solutions$30,0002/1/2015Completed
7/11/2018

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Efforts to directly engage citizens in taking actions to improve watershed quality are locally developed and implemented. Many of these programs lack understanding of what has worked and why and how that can inform the design of their program. Because of this there is great demand for a community-based social marketing (CBSM) case study database, as many organizations are working to promote adoption similar actions and behaviors to similar target audiences. The entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed community will benefit from sharing knowledge, tools, and lessons learned with each other. The intent of this initiative would be to develop an on-line database that would provide a much needed space for organizations to share and access outreach program information and resources.Amy Handen
129093Development of Baseline Indicator of Citizen StewardshipOpinionWorks LLC$69,903.572/1/2015Completed
3/16/2018

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This project will develop an index that would provide a much needed baseline metric(s) for the citizen stewardship outcome with particular attention paid to better understanding of the diversity of citizens engaged in stewardship activities. This work builds upon existing efforts to measure the penetration rate of homeowner best management practices and assess local NGO capacity and volunteer activity and local leadership by identifying key data gaps and filling them as needed. All relevant data will contribute to an analysis that would generate an initial index of behavior and social capital to advance local restoration goals and serve as a much needed baseline from which to measure future progress. Jamie Baxter
136669Public Access Data Quality Assurance and Application IntegrationChesapeake Conservancy$35,0003/1/2016Completed
6/27/2018

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As a result of partner efforts over the last several years, existing public access sites have been comprehensively inventoried. This has created a geographic dataset of more than 1,200 existing public access sites. The intent of this effort has been to enhance the public’s ability to interact with the waterways and resources of the Bay watershed, develop a strong appreciation for them, and a stronger stewardship ethic. Yet, the public lacks easy, comprehensive information for locating and using these sites. Providing access to the data through the use of APIs and the integration of the data into existing public-focused digital products would address this problem. It would help showcase efforts of Bay partners in enhancing public access opportunities and highlight the need for additional access.Amy Handen
136768Development of Baseline Indicator of Citizen StewardshipOpinionWorks LLC$75,0003/1/2016Completed
7/11/2017
This project will continue and expand the work completed in the previous project of the metric development process in two ways. First, it will scale up implementation of the randomly sampled general population survey piloted previously in order have sufficient data to compute a statistically significant stewardship index, e.g. baseline measure of citizen stewardship, at a state, regional, or if possible a county scale. The costs associated with collecting data increase as you drill down in scale and will be greater than the funds requested for this project. The Bay Program intends to use these funds as seed funds which will incentivize investments from Bay Program partners to leverage implementation of the tool for higher resolution data. The selected contractor will work with Bay Program staff to secure these matching funds. Second, it will assess the extent to which the survey results provide an adequate measure of volunteerism by state and in the region and facilitate development of a methodology to address gaps in the data among stakeholders. Amy Handen and Kacey Wetzel
1457013Environmental Justice ScreenInnovate! Inc$29,7222/1/2017Completed
8/15/2019

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This project will create a web-based Environmental Justice Screening and mapping tool which supports implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and other Bay restoration goals. This project will develop a screening tool which initially integrates important information from three Watershed Agreement outcomes: public access, climate resiliency, and toxic contaminants. John Wolf
1457212Phase III: Development of Baseline Indicator of Citizen StewardshipOpinionWorks LLC$112,0002/1/2017Completed
6/19/2018

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OpinionWorks proposes to field the scaled-up Baseline Indicator of Citizen Stewardship at the level of 5,200 interviews Bay-wide, with all associated analysis and sharing of the data. This effort will build on prior work dating back to the creation of the BaySurvey.org tool and continuing through the development, conduct, and evaluation of the Pilot Stewardship Indicator in 2015/2016.Amy Handen and Kacey Wetzel
1457311Promoting Meaningful Stormwater Mitigation on Urban/Suburban School GroundsNational Wildlife Federation$70,0002/1/2017Completed
12/19/18

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The National Wildlife Federation in partnership with the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education will collaborate to develop online resources and accompanying video content for implementing stormwater BMP projects on urban/suburban school grounds in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that improve water quality, meet local community needs, and allow for meaningful student engagement before, during, and after construction.Shannon Sprague
1575911MWEE Guide 2.0Walkabout Productions$37,8413/1/2018Completed
9/10/2018

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This scope of work is to produce a series of nine videos to promote and teach how to conduct a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE). Filming will occur in several schools and field trips throughout the watershed to show geographic and topical diversity. The videos will show MWEEs in action and allow the audience to follow teachers as they work through the new MWEE guide to teach environmental literacy.Shannon Sprague
157719Implementation Support for Chesapeake Bay Program Cultural Competency, Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Capacity Building, Training and Tools DevelopmentSkeo Solutions, Inc.$74,9273/1/2018In ProgressSkeo Solutions proposes a unique project approach incorporating a team of highly qualified staff with extensive experience to implement a tailored Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy for the Chesapeake Bay Partnership (CBP) internal staff. Their proven expertise will greatly assist CBP and its partners in achieving their shared goals of (1) growing from 13% to 35% in racial and ethnic staff diversity, (2) helping partners to develop as leaders who truly understand, respect and embrace cultural diversity and (3) training leaders to continually assess the progress.Tuana Phillips
1577710Interactive Online Tool for Citizen Stewardship Data Use and AnalysisGreen Fin Studio$49,8284/1/2018In ProgressGreen Fin Studio (GFS) (formerly Chesapeake Environmental Communications) will work with the Citizen Stewardship Workgroup and the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) Web Team to develop a web database to support an online, question driven/scenario-based interactive web-based tool.Amy Handen
167652Behavior Change Training & Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Pilot ImplementationAction Research$69,9863/1/2019In ProgressOur project proposal is based on our deep knowledge of social science and behavior change along with our experience implementing CBSM campaigns across a wide range of audiences. We will develop a training that is grounded in the latest research while still being accessible and practical for program managers, and provide a sustainable transferability package. We will work with CBF to identify groups that are well-situated to act and conduct a one-time consultation for up to four selected projects. Finally, we will develop a plan based on the principles of CBSM for motivating behaviors that protect SAV and collaborate with the workgroups to complete the tasks, from behavior identification to barrier/benefit research to strategy development.Amy Handen
1677212Technical Assitance to Support Chesapeake Bay Program Goals and Outcomes - Fisheries, Habitat, Stewardship, Leadership, and ClimateT.J. Boyle Associates, LLC$75,0003/1/2019In ProgressThe RFP states that “this project will pilot development and application of a standard methodology for assessing and quantifying visual impacts to scenic landscapes.” T. J. Boyle Associates (TJBA) understands this to mean that Scope of Work 12 is intended as an experimental trial or feasibility study to demonstrate a procedure for quantifying visual impacts to scenic landscapes (i.e., methodology) “that ultimately can be broadly applied by Chesapeake jurisdictions and conservation organizations.” In addition to the procedure and associated documentation, TJBA is responsible for preparing a case study application and for preparing a project report and journal publication.Jonathan Doherty
167955Development of improved methodology for data collection of a Chesapeake Bay Protected Lands indicatorChesapeake Conservancy$49,5333/1/2019In ProgressChesapeake Conservancy, through the Conservation Innovation Center, Chesapeake Conservation Partnership (CCP), and NatureServe through LandScope, are partnering to design an accurate and comprehensive aggregate dataflow map and web interface for protected lands data for the Chesapeake Bay watershed, combining information from federal, state and local agencies and land trusts to be provided to the Chesapeake Bay Program as part of their protected lands database. Our team will design a system that will incorporate data from current tracking tools to meet the need of the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) database and an online platform on LandScope to facilitate reporting of additional protected lands information that is lacking. These dataflow maps will be integrated into CBP and FieldDoc databases to facilitate the adoption of land conservation as a credited Best Management Practices (BMPs) accounting to meet Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) reductions established by the EPA.Renee Thompson
1680111Quantify and support Best Management Practice (BMP) installation and restoration at schools to contribute directly to Bay restoration goalsStroud Water Research Center$69,9003/1/2019In ProgressStroud Water Research Center is proposing to complete Scope of Work 11: Quantify and support Best Management Practice (BMP) installation and restoration at schools to contribute directly to Bay restoration goals. The proposal narrative describes how an experienced team of education researchers, GIS specialists, and watershed restoration specialists will accomplish the project steps and deliverables outlined in the scope of work. Education researchers will lead the processes to interview and analyze responses of CBP Workgroup, school district, and sustainable schools recognition programs representatives. Experienced GIS and watershed restoration specialists will then lead the team’s efforts in GIS and creation of recommendations and guidance for BMPs on school properties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.Shannon Sprague
177169Developing a Regional Outdoor Learning Network to Support MWEE ImplementationLocal Concepts LLC$50,0001/1/2020In ProgressLocal Concepts LLC is submitting an application to support the development of Regional Outdoor Learning Network to 1) increase communication across partners/local implementation networks to support more and better designed MWEEs, and 2) increase the number of teacher-supported systemic environmental literacy programs occurring in priority school districts. This will support Goal Implementation Team 5: Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship. The project will take place online.Shannon Sprague
177198Increasing Diversity in the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership through Cultural Competency TrainingSkeo Solutions, Inc.$14,9733/1/2020In ProgressDesign and implement a tailored Cultural Competency Training for the Chesapeake Bay Partnership members staff that will help to enhanced capacity and an inclusive environment to meet the CBP Diversity Indicator target of increasing racial and ethnic diversity representation in the partnership to 25%, with 15% in leadership positions, by 2025. For the purposes of this proposal, Skeo assumes that the trainings will take place in Annapolis, MD at CBT home offices. Having led CBP through the first phases of this work, Skeo brings intimate knowledge of this process, the recommendations and the players.Tuana Phillips
Award NumberScope NumberScope TitleOrganization NameAward AmountProject Start DateProject StatusProject DescriptionGIT Lead
129065Assessment of Local Leadership Development ProgramsEnvironmental Leadership Strategies$19,6002/1/2015Completed
4/3/2019

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This project will identify and research existing local leadership development programs within or near the Chesapeake Bay watershed that have a focus on leadership and secondarily, local watershed and environmental restoration efforts. A description of these programs will be provided that can be used to inform a decision on the need for a Chesapeake Bay Program local leadership development program.
This synthesis will focus on making meaningful connections between programs that are intended to build the leadership capacity for local leadership with regard to Chesapeake Bay conservation and restoration; however, it is possible that valuable insight may come from leadership development programs just outside the Bay watershed boundary. This work will provide insight into the current efforts for building local leadership in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, identify gaps in the current efforts, as well as discover successful strategies that are being used in other places outside of the watershed. Research will be used to assess whether a leadership development program is appropriate, necessary and will lead to enhanced local stewardship and increased Bay restoration efforts.
Mike Foreman
1365510Designing a Watershed Education Program for Local Elected Officials EcoLogix Group, Inc.$73,8423/1/2016Completed
12/15/2017

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The project will focus on information gathering and gap analysis related to audience needs, detailed design of programs, products, etc., and development of cost estimates, funding sources, recommended approaches to sustained implementation, and metrics to evaluate success.Reggie Parrish
1458514Implementation Support for Local Official Watershed Education and Capacity BuildingAlliance for the Chesapeake Bay$49,0852/1/2017In ProgressThe Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay in partnership with the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology at the University of Maryland will launch a watershed outreach education program for elected officials across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The main objective of this project is to supply educational content to elected officials that is tailored to municipalities in each of the seven jurisdictions and delivered via trusted sources' existing programming.Dave Goshorn
1576012 ASRS Finance Forum – Meeting Planning & SupportAlliance for the Chesapeake Bay$24,9253/1/2018Completed 5/15/2020

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The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will provide meeting planning and support for the Strategy Review System (SRS) Finance Forum. The purpose of the Finance Forum is to convene a one-day work session, which will result in identification of finance options and enabling conditions for participating outcomes and the related biennial action plans.Laurel Abowd
1578212 BSRS Finance Forum – Expert ConsultantsEastern Research Group, Inc.$29,9353/1/2018In ProgressEastern Research Group (ERG) will apply its experience procuring expert support to provide Goal Implementation Teams/Workgroups (GITs/WGs) with the advisory services of 10 to 30 private sector environmental finance experts. All experts will attend a one-day Finance Forum and provide post-Forum advice to selected GITs/WGs. ERG will work with the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) to obtain, based on CPB’s priorities, the maximum value of the estimated 400–600 hours of expert support. Laurel Abowd
1771712Cross-outcome Watershed Educational Materials for Local GovernmentsGreen Fin Studio$49,5033/1/2020In ProgressWe will will develop 4-8 educational models geared towards local governments and local elected officials. The goal will be to educate them on how outcomes from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed agreement can have benefits to local government priorities of of economic development, public health and safety, infrastructure maintenance and finance, and education.Laura Cattell Noll
Award NumberScope NumberScope TitleOrganization NameAward AmountProject Start DateProject StatusProject DescriptionGIT Lead
128998Summarizing Potential Benefits of Nutrient and Sediment Practices to Reduce Toxic ContaminantsChesapeake Stormwater Network, Inc$49,0002/1/2015Completed
1/12/2016

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Toxic contaminants originate from many of the same sources as nutrients and sediments in the watershed. Some of the major sources, and associated toxic contaminants, include wastewater treatment plants (pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and industrial contaminants), chemicals related to crop production (pesticides and insecticides), manure (chemicals to promote animal growth and health), and urban areas (a variety of chemicals in stormwater runoff and sediment). The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partnership has a toxic contaminant goal. The deliverables from this activity will provide valuable information about current practices being used for nutrient and sediment reduction that might also benefit toxic contaminant reductions. The findings will provide a significant cost savings to the CBP partnership by taking advantage of efforts to meet the Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) to also reduce many toxic contaminants.James Davis-Martin
1366811Cross-Goal Climate Resiliency Analysis and Decision-Making Matrix and Implementation Methodology Tetra Tech, Inc.$77,663.123/1/2016Completed
7/12/2018

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This project would result in the development of a Climate Resiliency Analysis and Decision-Making matrix and implementation methodology to analyze climate-related factors for 24-independent Management Strategies. Using the Climate Smart Conservation Framework as a guide, the matrix would be used to conduct a structured decision-making process with work one-on-one with select Chesapeake Bay Program Goal Implementation Teams and/or Work Groups to : 1) review management goals and outcomes and establish baselines; 2) identify data, research, monitoring and assessment needs; 3) evaluate the effectiveness of existing BMP’s; and 4) consider appropriate adjustments, revisions or modifications to proposed management actions or best management practices. Peter Tango
1457815Development of Climate Change Indicators and Metrics for the Chesapeake Bay ProgramEastern Research Group, Inc.$74,4452/1/2017Completed
1/31/2019

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Eastern Research Group will apply its expertise in climate change indicators, climate resiliency, watershed health, and stakeholder engagement to help the Chesapeake Bay Program develop a comprehensive and balanced suite of climate change indicators. Peter Tango
1576813Chesapeake Bay Watershed Climate Data and Mapping RepositoryEastern Research Group, Inc.$29,7203/1/2018Completed
7/26/2019

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Climate Data and Mapping Repository
Eastern Research Group (ERG) will apply its expertise in climate change indicators, data analysis, and GIS system development to build an inventory and repository of climate change data layers for the Chesapeake Bay Program. Through a collaborative process, they will establish bounds, identify available datasets, document and categorize data attributes, assess suitability of the data for inclusion, compile links, catalogue data, create metadata, and create new geospatial layers for priority indicators.John Wolf
1678813Social Marketing to Improve Shoreline ManagementAction Research$74,9933/1/2019Completed
9/14/20

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Shoreline Implementation Plan
Our team will work with the steering committee to create a campaign to motivate behaviors for improved shoreline management.). We will inventory the knowledge base linked to each of the preliminary sectors and behaviors, and identify gaps where no social marketing research exists. We will then assess and prioritize these behaviors based on a quantitative analysis using literature and expert interviews. For the top ranked behaviors, we will conduct audience research, then use the results to craft an internal positioning statement, strategy tables, and a final report including the 4 "Ps," a budget, and an evaluation and implementation plan. Finally, Action Research will review all existing materials on shoreline protection and create recommendation.Rebecca Chillrud
167938Pilot a cost effective, real-time dissolved oxygen vertical monitoring system for characterizing mainstem Chesapeake Bay hypoxiaCaribbean Wind LLC$80,0003/1/2019In ProgressThe objective of this project is to demonstrate a reliable, cost effective, real-time dissolved oxygen vertical monitoring system for characterizing mainstem Chesapeake Bay hypoxia. In collaboration with CBP GIT Teams and regional hypoxia modelers, we will: Select an appropriate demonstration location; design and build a vertical array of inductive CTO2 sensors and a data controller and real-time transmission buoy; deploy, maintain, and monitor the array throughout the summer hypoxia season; and collect, quality control, and make data available in real-time. Follow-up reports will evaluate system performance, reliability, cost and sustainability, and data quality, handling, and availability. We will also share results with hypoxia modelers to determine the best vertical sensor and array locations to support their nowcast-forecast systems. The project team has extensive experience in coastal and estuarine (including the Chesapeake Bay) data collection platforms, as well as CTO2 sensors, data analysis, and quality assurance and control.Peter Tango
177242Building a Bay-Wide Scorecard to Track Climate Resilience for Watershed CommunitiesThe RAND Corporation$75,0003/2/2020In ProgressThis proposal describes a project that will develop a bay-wide scorecard that will provide watershed communities with a unified and consistent data-rich method of tracking the implementation and outcomes of policies and actions to improve their climate resilience. Because a climate resilience scorecard may be new to many communities and stakeholders within the region, this project will deliver an attainable scorecard as well as a roadmap for its implementation that are responsive and flexible to the needs and goals of various stakeholders within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The scope of work to develop these products will be led by an interdisciplinary team of climate resilience and policy researchers at the non-profit RAND Corporation and scientists from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS).Julie Reichert-Nguyen