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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Leone Yisrael is a cephalopod-loving scuba diver, cook, and loves to try new activities. She conducts genetic analysis and fieldwork at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center through the Coastal Disease Ecology Lab.
Oyster aquaculture is a rapidly growing industry in Maryland’s Chesapeake waters which stimulates economic activity and may provide a host of ecosystem benefits. A potential concern associated with the intensification of the oyster aquaculture is the local production and accumulation of oyster biodeposits, which can lead to a porewater sulfide accumulation and declining bioturbation, symptoms of declining ecosystem function. Sulfide is naturally removed from the seafloor by the interactions between bioturbating infauna and sulfide oxidizing bacteria.