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$600 Thousand Granted to ‘Green’ State Waterways

December 13, 2011

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - More than $600,000 is headed to organizations and schools around Maryland to "green" local waterways. The grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust will create wetland habitats and improve water quality, all designed to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

One grant is going to the Magothy Beach Improvement Association to create a living shoreline on community property. Allen Hance, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, says that, as trees, shrubs and grasses are planted, it's hoped other neighborhoods become interested and get involved.

"The community next to this one can see what they're doing, they see that the end product is really something that makes their community more beautiful, as well as creating more natural habitat."

Some of the 48 projects funded involve students or provide community education. In Hagerstown, a watershed assistance grant will go toward restoring a lake and stream in Pangborn Park. Hance says crumbling stone walls there will be replaced with a natural shoreline.

"Trees and native plants will be put in place. So, it's an exciting project that will have a lot of visibility and can be an opportunity for learning about the environment."

Part of the grant money comes from Marylanders who own a "Treasure the Chesapeake" license plate.

A listing of all the grants is online at www.cbtrust.org

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD