On October 30, 2013, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program announced recipients of $9.2 million in grants for 40 habitat-restoration, pollution-reduction, or citizen-involvement projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The NFWF administers the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund that provides grants under two programs: the Small Watershed Grants Program and the Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Program. For this funding cycle, $2.6 million was awarded to 20 projects under the Small Watershed Grants program, and $6.6 million was awarded under the Innovated Grants program. According to the NFWF’s news release of this year’s grants, the Small Watersheds Program has provided over $34 million to 704 projects since 1999, and the Innovative Grants Program has provided $40 million to 94 projects since 2006.
According to the [Newport News] Daily Press, this year’s grant awards in Virginia are the following: James River Association, $400,000, community education on stormwater runoff; Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District, $350,300, assessment of farm compliance with the Virginia Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act; Trout Unlimited, $199,070, Brook Trout streams restoration; Chesapeake Bay Foundation, $200,000, oyster restoration in Lafayette Creek (Hampton Roads area); Valley Conservation Council, $170,000, promotion of best management practices (BMPs) on Shenandoah Valley farms; Rivanna Conservation Society, $153,360, six-day restoration effort of Moores Creek (Albemarle County) in April 2014; Chesapeake Bay Foundation, $150,000, restoration, education and conservation activities in a low-income neighborhood in Richmond; Church Hill Activities and Tutoring, $90,418, demonstration of stormwater BMPs; Gloucester County, $58,995, living-shoreline installation at John’s Point Public Boat Landing; and Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission, $49,533, community education on stormwater runoff.
More information on Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund is available at http://www.nfwf.org/chesapeake/Pages/home.aspx, and information generally on the NFWF’s grant programs is available at http://www.nfwf.org/whatwedo/grants/Pages/home.aspx.
Sources: More Than $9 Million Will Support Cleaner Water in the Chesapeake Bay Region, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation news release, 10/30/13; and Chesapeake Bay clean-up projects pull in $9.2 million in grants, Daily Press, 10/31/13.
For item on grants awarded in 2011 and 2012, please see (respectively ) the Water Central News Grouper’s 10/6/11 post, Update on National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 2011 Grants for Chesapeake Bay Projects; and the 8/31/12 post, Over $9 Million Granted in August 2012 by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for Chesapeake Bay Watershed Projects.