Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - May 2010

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Volume 2, Issue 5

May 2010

IN THIS ISSUE
CCP SPOTLIGHT: OCEAN PLANNING OPEN HOUSES
WATERSHED ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM AWARDS $136,000
LATEST PROJECT FUNDED THROUGH THE INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY FUND
 
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CCP SPOTLIGHT: OCEAN PLANNING AND OFFSHORE RENEWABLE ENERGY OPEN HOUSES HELD IN ANNAPOLIS AND OCEAN CITY  
 
CCP Spotlight is a feature of the In the Zone e-mail service that highlights programs that have been developed by the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or through partnership and support from federal, state and local partners helping to advance coastal management in Maryland.

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On April 5th and 12th, Maryland DNR and the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) conducted open houses for the public in Annapolis and in the Ocean City/Berlin area. The purpose of the open houses was to begin engaging the public in a discussion about the future of our ocean and to provide citizens an opportunity to learn about the State's ocean mapping and planning efforts, with a focus on offshore renewable energy.
 
The open houses were designed to allow citizens to ask questions and provide feedback at their own pace. Experts from the two agencies and their project partners were on hand to answer questions and provide information about ocean mapping and planning, offshore wind, project timelines, anticipated processes and opportunities for community response.
 
To provide those citizens and stakeholders who were not able to attend the April open houses the opportunity to access the information and to participate in the discussion, the Chesapeake & Coastal Program has created a Virtual Open House website. The site provides access to all of the information displayed at the open houses and access to the public comment database.
 
After viewing the posters and maps, please let us know if you have any comments or questions.  You can contact us in one of two ways:
Watershed Assistance Grant Program Awards $136,000
 
rain gardenThe Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with Maryland DNR and as part of the Watershed Assistance Collaborative, is proud to announce that five awards have been made for the Watershed Assistance Grant Program (WAGP).  These five grant awards total $136,000 of funding.  This round of WAGP was unusually competitive, as the program saw an unprecedented amount of interest.  A total of 17 applications were submitted, requesting over $478,000.  The recipients and awards are as follows:
  • Herring Run Watershed Association will be awarded $23,110 for the development of designs for seven rain gardens to be installed at Baltimore City public schools in the Herring Run and Jones Falls watersheds.
  • Severn Riverkeeper Program will be awarded $35,000.00 for the design of a Regenative Stormwater Conveyance in the Cabin Branch of the Severn River.
  • Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management will be awarded $32,252.00 for the development of the Small Watershed Action Plan for the Loch Raven Reservoir watershed.
  • West/Rhode Riverkeeper will be awarded $26,000.00 for the design of a treatment wetland and forebay at YMCA Camp Letts on the Rhode River.
  • Caroline County Department of Planning and Codes will be awarded $20,000.00 for the development of multiple 12-digit watershed plans in Caroline County, MD.
The Watershed Assistance Grant Program, through the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Maryland DNR, welcome requests for technical planning and design assistance associated with protection and restoration programs and projects that lead to improved water quality in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the Maryland Coastal Bays. The funding partners invite local governments and non-profit organizations to submit requests for this assistance. The purpose of this assistance is to help grantees accomplish the earliest phases of restoration projects. Recipients of this technical assistance and design funding may use the resulting plans and designs to:
  • Accomplish deliverables listed in the applicant's proposal to the Maryland Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund through the Local Implementation Grant Program; or
  • Craft proposals for implementation funding through programs at the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
Local communities interested in learning how the Collaborative can connect them to the financial and technical resources they need to undertake comprehensive watershed restoration projects in Maryland should contact Carrie Decker with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410.260.8723.

CCP AND COASTAL TRAINING PROGRAM HOST NOAA COASTAL INUNDATION MAPPING COURSE

 

Inundation course imageOn May 4th and 5th, CCP partnered with the Chesapeake Bay National Estuary Research Reserve Coastal Training Program and NOAA's Coastal Services Center to host a two-day, hands-on course providing an introduction of coastal inundation and coastal inundation mapping. There was an overwhelming response to the course offering, and space was booked to capacity within a day of the announcement being released.  Participants included representatives from the National Parks Service, The Nature Conservancy, Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning, Baltimore City, Harford, St. Mary's, Queen Anne, Anne Arundel, Talbot and Caroline Counties.

 

The course was a combination of lectures and exercises that allowed attendees to gain a better understanding of different types of coastal inundation, coastal inundation products, elevation data and how to integrate it, and the creation of inundation maps. Additionally, there are continuing education credits available for Certified Floodplain Managers that attended this course.

 

"The NOAA Inundation GIS training course was very helpful to me - strengthening my understanding of public sector agency data and analysis needs and private sector partnership opportunities," said participant Mark Gradecak of Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc.  Gradecak added, "It clarified how Federal efforts can be applied to enhance local understanding of hazard response and mitigation planning by building a common language and methodology. Hands-on exercises demonstrated how current Federal models and resources can be effectively used and incorporated into projects at the local level.  As usual, the "devil is in the details," and this course shines a useful light on those details...what works, how it's done, and why."  

 

Margaret Kaii-Ziegler, a participant from the Anne Arundel County Department of Planning and Zoning, shared her experience: "We are in the initial stages of developing a Sea Level Rise study and the workshop has provided us with a thorough understanding of our available data and has helped us to formulate how to proceed. The fact that this training was made available to us under the current austere economic conditions, is absolutely awesome and worth every penny. The training will not only help the County with planning for long term issues like sea level rise, but also for emergency storm preparedness."

 

Anyone interested in more information about this course and future climate change related trainings and workshops, please contact Gwen Shaughnessy with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program at 410.260.8743. 

flyerRECAP OF PILOT COURSE OFFERING, "PLANNING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE USING A GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE APPROACH"
 

The pilot course offered by The Conservation Fund, the National Geographic Society, NOAA, Maryland DNR, and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission was held on May 26th through 28th at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  Interests were high with a full course of 33 participants from local and state government and NGOs from Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. Participants focused on creating and comparing conservation plans for climate change scenarios in Hampton Roads, Virginia and Dorchester County, Maryland; two distinctly different areas both facing similar future impacts from climate change, including sea-level rise, increased storm surge events, changes in precipitation and increased temperatures.

 

Highlights of the workshop included presentations on a new storm surge and sea-level rise map for the Chesapeake Bay by National Geographic and a presentation by Michael Culp from the Federal Highway Administration who outlined policies and strategies for responding to the impacts of climate change for the built environment.   

 

Using the knowledge participants gained from the course presentations, as well as the group discussions,  the participants utilized many unique approaches to create green infrastructure network designs that incorporated climate change, sea level rise and storm surge scenarios. The green infrastructure network designs and proposed implementation plans developed by the course participants will be shared with both Dorchester County and Hampton Roads planners.


If you are interested in learning more about this course or future course offerings, click here to visit The Conservation Fund's website and listing of upcoming courses.

POULTRY HOUSE FLOORING THAT REDUCES AMMONIA EMISSIONS IS LATEST PROJECT OF MARYLAND'S INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY FUND  
 
Photo provided by AviHome, LLC.
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The Innovative Technology Fund, a partnership between Maryland DNR, the University of Maryland and the Environmental Protection Agency, is continuing to accelerate Bay restoration through the development of new technologies.

 

A research and development grant has been awarded to AviHome, LLC, a company developing poultry house flooring to reduce ammonia emissions.  AviHome developed new ventilated plenum flooring, currently being tested at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), for poultry houses that will result in drier manure thus reducing the volume and weight of waste by using less bedding material, as well as lowering ammonia emissions.  Field trials to test the effectiveness of the flooring, conducted by UMES, found that the ammonia-producing bacteria need a basic pH to thrive, and AviHome's flooring prevented the pH from going above seven (the neutral line between an acid or base), which greatly reduced the production of ammonia. 

 

Ammonia, when in excess, provides fuel to algae resulting in algal blooms in water bodies, thus deteriorating the water quality of Chesapeake Bay.  

 

If you are a business or researcher interested in applying for assistance, want to learn more about the AviHome project, or if you have questions about the Innovative Technology Fund, please e-mail Sarah Lane with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410.260.8788.

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A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No.NA09NOA4191070. This publication is funded (in part) by a grant/cooperative agreement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or any of its sub-agencies.

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