The United States Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Maryland Department of Environment $2,044,659 to help reduce nutrient and sediment pollution across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the office of Maryland Democratic Congressman John Sarbanes announced Monday.
The money comes from the Chesapeake Bay Program, a partnership between the federal government, Washington D.C., and the collection of states that comprise the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The program aims to protect the health of the bay for future generations.
“This federal grantmaking commitment will enhance Maryland’s efforts to curb nutrient runoff and sediment pollution in our state’s rivers, streams and tributaries that comprise the Chesapeake Bay Watershed,” said Chesapeake Bay Task Force Co-Chair Rep. Sarbanes. “The funding also underscores the longstanding success of the Bay Program and its positive impact on restoring Bay health and protecting water quality for our region’s most important economic driver and environmental treasure.”