Nearly $56,000 is awarded for 16 bay projects

June 21, 1994|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer

The Chesapeake Bay Trust has awarded nearly $56,000 for 16 bay projects in Anne Arundel County this spring and summer -- the largest share for projects in a single jurisdiction.

The money is part of the $381,240 the agency awarded last week for 98 bay restoration and education projects in the state.

Projects in Baltimore County and Baltimore City were awarded about $46,660.

In Anne Arundel County, the money will go to projects ranging from outdoor education for schoolchildren to volunteer water quality monitoring by adults, backyard gardening tips and shoreline protection.

"We are excited by the continued growth in the trust grant program made possible by Marylanders' generosity in purchasing the commemorative Chesapeake Bay plate and donating to the tax checkoff" on state income tax forms, said Thomas L. Burden, executive director of the organization.

Students at Broadneck High School and their nationally acclaimed environmental teacher, A. Patricia Neidhardt, submitted one of the winning proposals. Their $3,000 award will go toward a weeklong trip to Wye Island, where 25 students will plant marsh grass to control erosion.

This is the third year that students in the popular hands-on environmental course have arranged a project.

"They plan every aspect of it," said Mrs. Neidhardt, one of six Maryland educators to receive a $25,000 Milken Family National Educator Award last fall.

The program is designed to recognize outstanding teachers.

The county's largest trust grant goes to the Sherwood Forest Naturalist Program, for a program in which children will raise oysters, using shells to re-establish two oyster beds and create a third using concrete from the old Severn River Bridge.

William Moulden, the program's director, said that without the $19,695 from the trust he would have had to scale back the program. He doubted he'd get the same level of interest from the scientific community for a very small project.

The Annapolis Conservancy Board won two grants, its first, said Teresa Dowd, the city's staff liaison to the seven-member public land trust. Ms. Dowd and the board help civic groups write grant proposals.

An $850 grant will pay to print a brochure explaining the importance of preserving environmentally sensitive land. Ms. Dowd said the board hopes the brochure will help the city obtain easements from private property owners for greenways and the like.

"We need to raise people's consciousness," Ms. Dowd said.

A $4,000 grant will be for the Annapolis' annual "greenscape" activities.

Most are held around Earth Day. Typically, more than 300 people help at 40 locations, cleaning up trash and planting trees, Ms. Dowd said.

The other projects are: Sandy Point Volunteer Rangers, $1,175 for three trail signs for a nature trail in the park; Van Bokkelen Elementary School, $566 for a third-grade field trip for Horsehead Wetlands Sanctuary; Magothy River Association, $910 toward the creation of an oyster reef; Annapolis Alliance for Sustainable Communities, $1,938 to educate homeowners on environmentally friendly gardening; Severn River Commission, fTC $4,000 to print a watershed management study outlining priorities for protection of the Severn River; Anne Arundel County Board of Education Office of Science, $3,800 to train teachers to write environmental activities; and Anne Arundel Environmental Coalition, $2,100 for a newsletter.

Also, Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, $4,891 for workshops to equip teachers to help students with environmental service projects; Gibson Island Country School, $2,000 for summer enrichment for inner-city children; Magothy River Association, $2,928 for volunteer water quality monitoring on the Magothy River and its tributaries; National Capital Area Lutheran High School Association, $900 for a stream restoration project in Severn Run to study the effects of weather and pollution on stream ecology; and the Severn River Association, $1,985 to mail the group's newsletter to the 4,557 boat owners using the Severn River and its tributaries.

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