Chesapeake Bay states awarded funds for cleanup projects

Thirty-four projects in Maryland and the five other Chesapeake Bay watershed states have been awarded $3.4 million in grants to help reduce pollution in local creeks, streams and rivers, officials announced Thursday.

The projects, proposed by community and environmental groups and state and local government, include stream restoration and installation of rain gardens, storm drain retrofits and green buildings. Funds come from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies, along with some assistance from private businesses and nonprofits.

Nine of the projects in Maryland received $1.1 million, with another $421,000 going to three projects spanning state lines. In the Baltimore area, funds went to a Baltimore County campaign to get homeowners and neighborhood groups to plant trees, to a storm water retrofit in Annapolis, to preservation of undeveloped land along the South River in Anne Arundel County, and to restoration of wetlands and stream banks of Plumtree Run in Bel Air.

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