Montgomery County receives a $1,000,000 grant for watershed restoration projects

August 20, 2018
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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently awarded the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection a $1,000,000 Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund grant for two restoration projects in the Anacostia watershed. The funding will help DEP complete two important water quality improvement projects in the watershed: the Greencastle Lakes Stormwater Pond Retrofit and Kemp Mill Shallow Marsh Wetland projects.

From the DNR Press Release: The Hogan Administration has awarded funding to 18 recipients through the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund to improve the health of Maryland’s waterways. The “Trust Fund” allows Maryland to accelerate Chesapeake Bay restoration and improve water quality by focusing targeted financial investments and resources on the most efficient and cost-effective non-point source pollution control projects.

Trust Fund grants will provide funding to stream and wetland restoration, innovative stormwater management practices, riparian tree buffer plantings and more in multiple counties across the Chesapeake Bay watershed

“The Trust Fund allows the department to collaborate with our sister agencies and local champions and partners in government and nonprofit organizations to achieve a common goal, cleaner and healthier water,” Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “Through these innovative and pioneering partnerships, Maryland is realizing lower costs for the removal of nutrients and sediments, benefiting both the environment and taxpayers.”

Fifty proposals were submitted to DNR this year. Montgomery County’s proposal was selected as one of only 18 funded applications. Since 2012, Montgomery County DEP has received over $24,000,000 in state Trust Fund dollars funding a total of 33 restoration projects including 4 miles of stream restoration, 10 stormwater pond retrofits, 3 parking lot projects, 14 bioretention rain gardens at 5 separate schools, and 6 roadside rain garden projects.

Kemp Mill Before Restoration

Kemp Mill Shallow Marsh Wetland: Located next to the Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park, this dry detention pond will be converted into a shallow marsh wetland to improve water quality and treat stormwater runoff in the area. This project will provide desirable plants and wetland habitat for amphibians and other wildlife while improving our water quality.


Greencastle Before Restoration

Greencastle Lakes Stormwater Pond: Located on a tributary to Little Paint Branch, this stormwater pond will be redesigned to establish a permanent wet pool, upgrade dam safety measures, and improve wetland habitat, particularly by adding specific plants around the edge of the pond, commonly called the “aquatic bench”.

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