ShoreRivers was honored this summer with a $2.2 million grant from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to support our regional agricultural restoration work. The grant will fund projects in the watersheds of the Bohemia, Sassafras, Wye, and Choptank Rivers. Together these projects will reduce over 14,200 lbs of nitrogen, 740 lbs of phosphorus, and almost 270 tons of sediments from our Eastern Shore waterways. We are honored that the Department of Natural Resources supports the pollution reducing projects that ShoreRivers is implementing in our communities across the Eastern Shore region.
In other grant news, this year marks the beginning of two grants provided to ShoreRivers by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, $451,959 to develop our conservation drainage program, and a grant for $48,972 for a Williston Lake Assessment and Management Plan, to identify sources of nutrient and sediment loads impacting this lake and ultimately the Choptank River, and to prioritize actions that stakeholders can take to improve the lake’s water quality.
This year ShoreRivers has received six grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust: two grants totaling $142,973 to develop engineered designs for agricultural pollution reduction projects; a $15,000 capacity building grant to assist us in developing a new ShoreRivers long term strategic plan; a “River Friendly Yards” program grant of $12,000 to support our education and outreach efforts to homeowners about steps they can take on their property to reduce polluting runoff; a $39,864 grant to support our 3rdgrade “Sturgeon Discovery” environmental education program in Talbot County public schools; and a grant for $52,928 for construction and materials for a greening project on two vacant lots in Cambridge, Maryland.
Numerous private and family foundations and individuals are also supporting the programs of ShoreRivers this year with generous grants. We are grateful to be able to bring these resources to our communities in a collaborative effort to protect and restore our precious waterways.