On September 19, 2017, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program announced 44 Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund grants worth a total of $12.6 million for habitat restoration, pollution reduction, shoreline protection, stormwater management, green infrastructure, and citizen involvement in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The NFWF administers the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, which provides grants under two EPA programs: the Small Watershed Grants Program (SWG) and the Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Program (ISNR). For this funding cycle, $7.3 million was awarded to 13 projects under the Innovated Grants program, with recipients providing more than $13.7 million in matches; and $5.3 million was awarded to 31 projects under the Small Watershed Grants program, with recipients providing nearly $7.5 million in matches.
According to the NFWF’s news release of this year’s grants, “Since 2006, the INSR Program has provided more than $65 million to 153 projects that reduce the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Since 1999, the SWG Program has provided more than $52 million to support 804 projects in the region and has further leveraged $143 million in local matching funds for a total conservation investment in on-the-ground restoration of nearly $200 million.”
Following are the 14 Virginia projects funded in the 2017 funding cycle, with the recipient and the NFWF grant amounts (not including the matching funds):
*Restoring Broad Creek While Advancing the Science of Urban Ditch “Re-Plumbing,” Elizabeth River Project, $500,000.
*Cost-share and Technical Assistance for Installation of Stormwater Best Management Practices, Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, $750,000.
*Reducing Local Impacts on the Chesapeake Bay through Riverside Park’s Stream Restoration, City of Hopewell, $451,000.
*Strengthening the Impact of Riparian Forest Buffers on Water and Habitat Quality (in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia), Maryland Department of Natural Resources, $325,274.
*Shore Protection Planning and Living Shoreline on Pamunkey River, Pamunkey Indian Tribe, $199,544.
*Oyster Restoration in the Lafayette River, Elizabeth River Project, $200,000.
*Eastern Oyster Restoration in the Lafayette River, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, $199,665.
*Linville Creek Stream Restoration: Reducing Sediment Transport, Town of Broadway, $200,000.
*Rappahannock Headwater Stream Buffer Implementation and Conservation Initiative, Friends of the Rappahanncok, $91,966.
*Restoring Eastern Brook Trout Habitat at Bolton Branch, Piedmont Environmental Council, $108,015.
*Town of Glasgow Stormwater Retrofit for Decreased Nutrient, Sediment, and Stormwater Volume, Town of Glasgow, $182,207.
*Rivanna River Renaissance: Abating the Impacts of Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation, Rivanna Conservation Alliance, $199,432.
*Advancing Green Infrastructure in Fauquier County for Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Gains, Center for Watershed Protection, $187,951.
*Women for the Land: Voices for Soil and Water Conservation in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (in Pennsylvania and Virginia), American Farmland Trust, $195,057.
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.
NFWF Announces More Than $12.6 Million in Grants from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation News Release, 9/19/17.
List of all the grants in 2017, online (as a PDF) at http://www.nfwf.org/chesapeake/Documents/2017grantslate.pdf.
For Water Central News Grouper items on grants in previous years, please see these links:
News media item about the 2017 grants:
Grants for oyster reefs will help Norfolk’s Lafayette claim status as a ‘restored’ river, Virginian-Pilot, 9/25/17.