Arundel groups win bay grants

Funds help communities restore, preserve streams

September 10, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Seven Anne Arundel County organizations have been chosen by the Chesapeake Bay Program's Small Watershed Grants Initiative - a program that helps communities restore and preserve streams in the bay - to receive funding from federal agencies.

The recipients announced yesterday by Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski are:

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which will use its $100,000 Community Legacy grant to implement restoration and habitat projects in the South River.

The city of Annapolis, which will use its $30,000 grant to install a rain garden in Back Creek Nature Park to manage storm-water runoff.

The Spa Creek Conservancy, which will use its $35,000 grant to develop a watershed management plan for approximately two miles of the severely degraded non-tidal headwaters of Spa Creek.

The town of Highland Beach, which will use its $35,000 grant to install a roof, a cistern, two rain barrels and a rain garden at the town hall.

The Weems Creek Conservancy, which will use its $6,300 grant to transform 300 feet of Weems Creek shoreline into a "living" shore with native plants and a fringe marsh.

The National Council of Churches, which will use its $12,200 grant to educate the religious community on Chesapeake Bay restoration and protection.

The council will hold a half-day training event for 75 to 150 faith-based activists, develop a water action guide and hold a demonstration on landscaping techniques.

The South River Federation, which will use its $25,000 to develop a preservation plan for the 55-square-mile South River watershed.

With the help of volunteers, the federation will clean up trash, educate the community on pollution prevention and implement stream buffer plantings.

These organizations were among 38 statewide to receive grants from the program.

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