Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - August 2009

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Volume 1, Issue 9

August 2009

IN THIS ISSUE
WATERSHED ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM IS REQUESTING PROPOSALS
WATERSHED ASSISTANCE COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOP
PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: WATERSHED STEWARDS ACADEMY
LIVING SHORELINES WORKSHOP IN ST. MARY'S COUNTY
 
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is a service from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Chesapeake & Coastal Program (CCP) that delivers timely information, tools and resources to those living and working in Maryland's coastal zone.
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WATERSHED ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM IS REQUESTING PROPOSALS

brothers at oceanThe Chesapeake Bay Trust and DNR again 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. The maximum request that will be considered is $35,000.  The deadline for proposals is October 2, 2009.  Click here to view the Request for Proposals.

The Watershed Assistance Collaborative includes other watershed restoration financing and planning opportunities for local governments and non-profit organizations, such as training events and programs. Please click here to visit the Chesapeake & Coastal Program's 2010 Trust Fund Support page for the most updated information on the Watershed Assistance Collaborative.

Click here to be directed to the Chesapeake Bay Trust's Forms webpage where you can download the grant application.

WATERSHED ASSISTANCE COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOP OFFERED ON SEPTEMBER 2

rain gardenClick here to register online for a free workshop to learn more about the Watershed Assistance Collaborative, a partnership between DNR, Chesapeake Bay Trust, University of Maryland SeaGrant Extension, Environmental Finance Center, and others that provide funding and technical assistance for watershed restoration planning and design. 

This is an exciting opportunity to talk directly with funders, project leaders, technical service providers and state agency representatives about potential watershed restoration projects in your region. The workshop will also offer more information about the request for proposals now open for the Watershed Assistance Grant Program; provide a chance to meet the Regional Watershed Specialists; and serve to showcase the tools and services offered by Maryland State Agencies.

The workshop will be held on September 2, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge in Laurel, MD.  The event is free but registration is required.

For more information, contact Carrie Decker with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program at 410.260.8723.

CCP PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: WATERSHED STEWARDS ACADEMY IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

wsa logoCCP Program 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.

The Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) is an initiative of Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works and Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center to train community leaders, called "Master Watershed Stewards," to reduce the negative impacts of stormwater runoff in Anne Arundel County. The role of the Master Watershed Stewards is to engage and educate citizens, businesses and organizations within sub-watersheds on relevant environmental issues, undertake projects in their community and assist the County with identifying NPS problems that need addressing. This will be the second year of Master Stewards to be trained in the Program. The first year the Program trained over 33 stewards with over nine class sessions.

Financial and technical assistance for the Watershed Stewards Program is provided by the Chesapeake & Coastal Program.

WSA applications will be accepted from August 19 through September 15, 2009. The course runs from October 28, 2009 through late February 2010 with a final class in April 2010. Informational meetings will be held on August 19, September 2, or September 9, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville, MD for anyone interested in learning about the program or applying to be a Steward. To get an application or if you have questions, contact Suzanne Kilby Etgen, the Coordinator for the Watershed Stewards Academy, at setgen@aacps.org or call 410.222.3822. 

For more information about CCP's work with the Academy, contact Carrie Decker with the Department of Natural Resources at 410.260.8723.

"LIVING SHORELINES IN ST. MARY'S COUNTY" HOMEOWNERS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 29brothers at ocean

On August 29, 2009, CCP and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve's (CB-NERR) Coastal Training Program will partner with St. Mary's County to host its 7th Homeowner's Living Shoreline workshop.  Since 2007, more than 450 local homeowners have attended these free, County-State partnership workshops.  Homeowners as well as local business and property owners come to learn about site designs, local and state regulations and permits, how to ensure project success and information about the technical and financial assistance available to homeowners and communities. 

Usually held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, these workshops have featured presentations, field visits, or both and provide opportunities for attendees to ask questions and learn more about living shorelines.  For each workshop, CCP partners with the counties to develop an agenda and identify a target audience.  From there, CCP organizes the location, the speakers, the materials, the invitations and registration - all at no cost to the County.

For anyone interested in more information about the workshops, the services provided, or for hosting one in another county, please contact Catherine McCall or Gwen Shaughnessy with the Department of Natural Resources.
NOAA CS coverCCP'S WORK ON MARYLAND'S BLUE INFRASTRUCTURE HIGHLIGHTED IN NOAA'S COASTAL SERVICES

In its May/June 2009 issue of "Coastal Services," the NOAA Coastal Services Center featured an article about Green Infrastructure and land conservation in coastal areas.  In the article, CCP was highlighted as one of the state coastal programs that is working to incorporate estuarine and marine aquatic priorities into targeting land for conservation.  The article also highlighted a CCP project that will get underway in August 2009 - a Coastal Fellowship project examining how land targeting efforts might incorporate sea level rise adaptation considerations. 

Here is an excerpt from Coastal Services article: Maryland coastal managers are expanding an existing statewide green infrastructure program to better incorporate what they are calling "blue infrastructure," or aquatic priorities in the nearshore coastal zone, such as finfish habitat and submerged aquatic vegetation. "We are creating a framework to identify coastal habitats and areas where conservation and restoration activities can be targeted to maintain and improve coastal resources," says Catherine McCall, natural resource planner for the Maryland Chesapeake and Coastal Program.

Click here to be directed to the May/June issue of Coastal Services.

PROJECT DESIGN AND EVALUATION COURSE OFFERED BY COASTAL TRAINING PROGRAMCBNERR

Are you a program manager or involved in project development?  Do you want to make sure that your programs and projects are designed correctly for your target audience?  Do you want to learn how to evaluate your program more effectively for success?  If so, plan to attend the Project Design and Evaluation Course facilitated by NOAA Coastal Services Center on September 29 & 30, 2009 at the Phillip Merrill Center, home to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  The course is being hosted by the Coastal Training Program of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The course is free but registration is required. Space is limited to 30 participants.

Please contact Dionne Bell with the Department of Natural Resources at 410.260.8732 for registration help, or Sasha Land for more information about the course and the Coastal Training Program.
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Your Chesapeake & Coastal Program Team

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No.NA08NOS4190469. 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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