Five of 29 new grant recipients to help restore streams in the state are based in Anne Arundel County including the West/Rhode Riverkeeper, according to an announcement Friday by Gov. Martin O’Malley about the winners of the Stream Restoration Challenge.
With the new grant program, the state hopes to establish 1,000 acres of forested stream buffers in Maryland by 2015 and improve Chesapeake Bay water quality while creating service learning and environmental literacy activities for students.
The West/Rhode Riverkeeper, led by County Councilman Christ Trumbauer (D-6th District), in August to help restore local shorelines. The money went specifically to helping a local woman restore about 410 feet of shoreline along her private farm in Galesville.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools was named as one of the grant recipients.
“This grant will help us to continue to be pioneers in the State of Maryland in terms of the environmental education we provide to the 78,000 children we educate every day,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools in a press release. “We will be addressing the most critical ecological need in the Chesapeake Bay watershed─healthy riparian stream buffers.”
According to a press release, the state selected 29 of 34 proposals submitted based on how effective, efficient and economical they would be—as well as those that supported student participation.
Local grant recipients include:
- Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
- Anne Arundel County Public Schools
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- Marley Middle School
- West/Rhode Riverkeeper
Click here for a complete list of grant recipients in the state.
More information on the Stream Restoration Challenge is available at dnr.maryland.gov/trustfund/streamchallenge.