An October 12, 2015, Southern Maryland Online article reported that the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) intends to plant more than 12,000 trees in Anne Arundel and Charles Counties to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff and improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. From the article:
The $1.3 million project should be complete by spring 2018, weather permitting, which includes two planting seasons and two years of tree establishment monitoring.
“Being new to the region and experiencing the Chesapeake Bay for the first time, I quickly came to understand how vital the bay is in all aspects of Maryland living,” said SHA Administrator Gregory Johnson, P.E. “Trees are the most cost effective method to reduce nutrients from entering the bay watershed.” …
SHA’s contractor for the tree plantings is F&F Landscaping, Inc. of Brandywine.