EPA hands out grants to aid bay

May 03, 2006|By TOM PELTON | TOM PELTON,SUN REPORTER

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and two other agencies announced $7.7 million in grants yesterday to 10 organizations dedicated to fighting pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

The EPA worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Chesapeake Bay Trust, a private nonprofit organization that receives funding in part through the sale of "Treasure the Chesapeake" motor vehicle license plates.

Some of the grant money will go to the Maryland Department of Agriculture and other organizations to help farmers in the Choptank River watershed reduce nutrient pollution runoff. Among other groups receiving funds, the University of Maryland will help reduce nutrient runoff from dairy farms in the Monocacy watershed.

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