For the “Baltimore TMDL Advocacy and Engagement” project. Blue Water Baltimore will support work to strengthen regulatory compliance processes that directly impact the Watershed Implementation Plan (e.g., Baltimore City’s stormwater permit, agreement to stop raw sewage from entering waterways, and a trash clean up plan for the Baltimore Harbor).
$80,000 towards general support and $25,000 for the “Expanding Constituencies for Maryland Environmental Work” survey and focus group project. The Maryland League of Conservation Voters will continue to improve environmental policy and expand environmental protections in Maryland. They will also conduct research to better understand the environmental concerns and attitudes of Maryland’s African American and Latino communities.
For the “Salt Marshes & Community Engagement” project. Audubon Maryland/DC will conduct an outreach and communications initiative to educate and engage Dorchester County citizens – Audubon members, Eastern Shore community groups, and faith organizations – about climate impact threats to Blackwater salt marsh, and to enroll these citizens as supporters of the adaptation strategy.
For the “Maryland Climate Coaltion” project. The Maryland Climate Coalition will work to strengthen and advance public policies that will facilitate achievement of Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction goals.
For general support. The National Wildlife Federation will work to strengthen and expand environmental protections in the Mid-Atlantic Region. They will promote coordinated efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay, reduce Maryland’s greenhouse gas emissions, and engage new constituencies in conservation activity.
College Park, MD
Challenge grant of up to $45,000 to organize a Spring 2014 conference on Environmental Justice: Outreach and Education in the Chesapeake Bay. The conference will bring together Chesapeake Bay restoration advocates and decision makers with advocates for and representatives from communities and populations that are or may be disproportionately impacted both by pollution and also by strategies to address that pollution.
For general support. The Montgomery County Food Council will work to advance policies and implement programs to transform the local food system in Montgomery County.
for the “Climate Change Resilience Index for the Chesapeake Bay Report Card” project. The Integration and Application Network at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences will work to enhance the communication of the effects of climate change impacts on natural resources important to the Chesapeake Bay. The Network will also create a Climate Change Resilience Index to be included in the Chesapeake Bay Report Card.
For general support. Wicomico Environmental Trust will galvanize public support and hold local government accountable to implementing Wicomico County’s Watershed Implementation Plan.
For general support. The Chester River Association will continue advocacy and engagement activities around the Watershed Implementation Plan at the state and local level in Kent and Queen Anne’s County.