Counties Gather Pollution Reduction Grants

Maryland county governments are among the recipients of grants from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, announced today by Governor Hogan.

Among the 14 recipients for FY 2016 were four county governments and departments:

Talbot County Government
Harford County
Howard County Department of Public Works
Carroll County Government

Other recipients include municipal governments, nonprofits, and higher education institutions.

From the Department of Natural Resources website:

“The trust fund is a unique program that channels resources to projects in each region that will result in a cleaner Chesapeake Bay for the citizens of Maryland,” said Gov. Hogan. “These projects will not only improve water quality, but also create and maintain jobs while responsibly using public funds.”

The trust fund identifies each region’s most serious pollution sources that threaten the bay, and directs funds to projects that will result in the greatest reduction for the investment. Rather than dictating practices to be implemented, the trust fund encourages applicants to find fresh approaches to problems.

Projects in Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Talbot counties and Baltimore City, will all receive funding. Work includes innovative stormwater management and agricultural best management practices; enhancing the urban tree canopy; stream and wetland restoration; among others. The next call for proposals is tentatively scheduled for fall 2015.

Read the full coverage from the DNR website.

See the full grant recipient list online.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties