Harris Announces Half-million Dollar Grant for Chesapeake Watershed Restoration
WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $500,000 federal grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to the Chesapeake Alliance, which has offices throughout the Chesapeake Watershed and works to bring partners together for the preservation of the land and waters of the Bay. Funding will be utilized to “pilot a conservation incentive program that accelerates implementation of agricultural best management practices to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution runoff, restore riparian forest habitat, and improve the in-stream habitat and passage specifically for the threatened Chesapeake logperch.” Work will be done in Harford and Cecil County Maryland and York County Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River basin. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is responsible for awarding Chesapeake Bay Program grants, which is funded through annual Congressional appropriations.
Congressman Harris issued the following statement:
“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I applaud the award of this small watershed grant to the Chesapeake Alliance. Funds originated from the Chesapeake Bay Program, which I am proud to support even in light of attempted funding cuts. These dollars will support voluntary participation in best management practices along streambeds, thereby reducing nutrient and sediment runoff and improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay, while also working to improve habitat for a threatened Chesapeake Watershed species.”