Welcome to the Maryland Watershed Restoration Assistance Directory. This tool offers one-stop shopping for anyone interested in finding funds or technical assistance to implement projects that restore Maryland's streams, rivers, bays, and watersheds.
Included are programs offered by a wide range of entities, including federal, state, and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and private foundations. Entries are in alphabetical order by topic. Each one is marked with symbols that indicate whether the assistance is funding ($), technical (T), or both. Each listing includes a description, due date, program web page link, and phone and email contacts.
This directory was created and launched by Maryland Sea Grant’s watershed restoration specialists in 2012, with help from intern Virginia Vassolotti and in cooperation with many of the organizations displayed in the directory. If you have an idea for a project but are not sure where to start, contact a specialist. Find the agent in your region here: https://www.mdsg.umd.edu/extension-directory
If you see any information that is not correct, or have a suggestion for how we can improve this tool, please contact Elizabeth McGarry at email@example.com.
Smithville is a community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, on the edge of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. A century ago, Smithville had more than 100 residents. Today, it has four, in two homes: an elderly couple, and one elderly woman and her son, who cares for her.
Shivish Bhandari is a graduate student in the Bioenvironmental Science Ph.D. program at Morgan State University studying environment-genome interaction in Eastern oysters. Outside of his studies, Shivish enjoys traveling, bird watching, and photography.
In the Chesapeake Bay, resource managers are currently struggling with how to develop policy to inform aquaculture (AQ) industry expansion while supporting environmental Bay goals. Specifically, the recent expansion of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) into and near oyster AQ leases is creating tension between definitions of Bay resilience. To inform policy decisions that consider ecosystem service values, I propose applying a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) of in-water and nearshore ecosystem services in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.