Your Contributions

at Work

When you give to the Maryland Outdoor Recreation and Clean Water Fund you are supporting fish and wildlife habitat, clean water, wetlands, and K-12 environmental education projects throughout the state. The following are examples of the types of Chesapeake Bay Trust and Maryland Department of Natural Resources projects that are supported by your contribution.

Fish and Wildlife Restoration

Annapolis Maritime Museum

The Annapolis Maritime Museum received a $1,244 grant to support the “Right Catch” program which promotes local and sustainable seafood restaurants.

Fish and Wildlife Restoration

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science received a $49,589 grant to determine environmental factors affecting juvenile blue crab abundance.

Clean Water

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy received a $73,964 grant to illustrate demonstration clean water stormwater practices within the angling and hunting communities.

Clean Water

Irvine Nature Center Stream and Wetland Restoration

This Maryland Department of Natural Resources project restored 1,550 linear feet of degraded stream, diverted stormflow to adjacent field areas where it would infiltrate and create localized wet habitat areas, restored riparian wetland hydrology, reduced sediment and nutrient loading, and reestablished a mosaic of native emergent, forested, and scrub shrub wetlands.

Clean Water

Greensboro Stream and Wetland Enhancement

The Choptank River, one of the largest and most productive rivers on the eastern shore, winds through the middle of the Town of Greensboro on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where citizens often use the resource for recreation and fishing.  This Maryland Department of Natural Resources project restored stream banks and wetlands in an area that was experiencing active erosion and increasing the sediment load in the river, along with nutrients.  The land behind the river is used as a passive park, and the Town has plans to expand the park area and open space to provide water quality benefits as well as an aesthetic value to its citizens.

Clean Water

The Natural Lands Project

This Maryland Department of Natural Resources project included the installation of 345 acres of native, warm season grass buffers and the restoration of 27 acres of wetlands to reduce non-point source nutrient and sediment runoff from agricultural land in the Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund’s identified high priority zones of the upper Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Clean Water

St. Luke’s Restoration of Nature

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church completed construction on a comprehensive watershed restoration initiative in Annapolis on Back Creek, subwatershed of the Severn River, tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Best management practices include regenerative stormwater conveyance with curb cuts and bio swales, a series of step pools and weirs that naturally conveys stormwater while slowing it down and spreading it out, and at the tidal interface, re-establishing native tidal marsh habitat and living shoreline.

Clean Water

Chesapeake College Regenerative Stream Conveyance Project

ShoreRivers Inc. constructed six water quality projects on the Chesapeake College campus that will enhance the removal of non-point source suspended sediment and associated nutrients and pollutants.  The projects includes a 675 linear ft. stream restoration project using step pool regenerative conveyance techniques, an approximate 0.45 acre wetland restoration, and four bioretention projects totaling approximately 6,000 square feet.

Wetlands

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum received several grants totaling over $100,000 to install a living shoreline in front of their bulkhead, which increased fish populations by several-fold.

Wetlands

Finzel Swamp Restoration

A Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member received a $1250 grant to work with the Nature Conservancy to restore Finzel Swamp in Garrett County with practices that are friendly to resident beaver populations.

Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited received two grants of $25,000 each to support restoration of 27 acres and enhancement of 33 acres of wetland in Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, home to 250 species of birds and 50,000 migrating ducks and geese annually.

Wetlands

Philips Wharf Environmental Center

Philips Wharf Environmental Center received funds to build a living shoreline and small boat launch on Tilghman Island.

K-12 Environmental Education

Kennard Elementary School

A teacher at Kennard Elementary School received $3,025 for 168 students to study American eel and participate in a field trip aboard the Schooner Sultana.

K-12 Environmental Education

Easton Elementary School

Easton Elementary School received a grant to study diamondback terrapin.

K-12 Environmental Education

Prince George's County William S. Schmidt Outdoor Center

At the Therapeutic Program at Prince George’s County Schmidt Center, students who receive Special Education services study stream, wetland, and woodland ecology and create eco-art.

K-12 Environmental Education

Westbrook Elementary School

Westbrook Elementary School received a $2205 grant for 22 5th graders to raise and release trout and shad.