Governor Hogan Pledges $21.5 Million to Improve Bay Water Quality
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will fund 18 different Chesapeake Bay programs to improve the health of Maryland's waterways.
The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund grants will provide funding to watershed projects from Frederick to Talbot County, including stream and wetland restoration, innovative stormwater management, tree buffer plantings and more.
To see the full list of project locations, click here.
Since its creation in 2007, the Trust Fund has supported more than 2,000 projects across the state, creating and supporting approximately 2,300 jobs.
“The Trust Fund allows us to engage local communities in discovering cost-effective and innovative approaches aimed at protecting our waterways,” says Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton. “Through pioneering partnerships, Maryland is realizing lower costs for the removal of nutrients and sediments, a benefit for the environment and taxpayers.”
“We have invested the most ever—nearly $145 million dollars—in the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. Last year was the first time it has ever been fully funded in our state’s history, and we fully funded Bay restoration efforts again this year,” says Governor Hogan.
The announcement came on the same day that Governor Hogan and Governor Terry McAuliffe, of Virginia, pledged to fight for the federal government to fully fund the Chesapeake Bay Program. President Donald Trump's proposed budget would cut all $73 Million currently used for Bay restoration efforts. Read more here.