Maryland is accepting additional applications for its Stream Restoration Challenge until May 30, 2013. The program provides funding to local governments, school systems, and non-governmental organizations looking to carry out projects to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality and create service learning and environmental literacy activities for students.
Maryland and its partners are expected to award Stream Restoration Challenge grants totaling up to $6 million to establish 1,000 acres of forested stream buffers by 2015.
During the initial call for proposals in August 2012, the State selected 29 submissions. The chosen projects will establish or extend 360 acres of critical streamside forests, and engage and educate more than 13,300 students in every phase of the restoration process.
The Request for Proposal is available at dnr.maryland.gov/trustfund/streamchallenge. The submission deadline is May 30, 2013. Funding for these grants is made available through the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund.
The Arbor Day Foundation has partnered with the program to help provide tree seedlings for the restoration projects. The Foundation and its partners work nationwide to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.
source: MD DNR