On August 25, 2016, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program announced recipients of $10.9 million in grants for 39 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 EPA programs: the Small Watershed Grants Program and the Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Program. The Bay Stewardship Fund also receives support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and private companies. For this funding cycle, $4.8 million was awarded to 28 projects under the Small Watershed Grants program, and $6.1 million was awarded to 11 projects under the Innovated Grants program. According to Bay Journal, this year’s grant awards in Virginia include $3.5 million for 11 projects.
According to the NFWF’s news release of this year’s grants, “Since 2006, the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grant Program has provided $58 million to 140 projects that reduce the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Since 1999, the Small Watershed Grants Program has provided $47 million to support 773 projects in the region and has further leveraged $136 million in local matching funds for a total conservation investment in on-the-ground restoration of over $183 million.”
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.
Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Announces Nearly $11 Million in Funding to Support Cleaner Water, Improve Habitat in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation News Release, 8/25/16.
Bay cleanup effort gets nearly $11 million infusion, Bay Journal, 8/25/16.
Grants will improve shorelines, trout habitat, Culpeper Star Exponent, 9/18/16.