EPA awards $1.1 mil­lion to Ch­e­sa­peake Con­ser­vancy

The Kent Island Bay Times - - School - By JACK RODGERS [email protected]­pub.com

AN­NAPO­LIS — The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency an­nounced Dec. 19 it has awarded $1,080,000 to the Ch­e­sa­peake Con­ser­vancy so that it can up­date and im­prove land use data crit­i­cal to Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Restora­tion, a news re­lease states.

“This project will give states, coun­ties and lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tions crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion on how the land­scape is chang­ing over time and how these changes im­pact progress to­wards achiev­ing restora­tion of lo­cal waters and the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay,” EPA Re­gional Ad­min­is­tra­tor Cosmo Ser­vidio said. “It will also pro­vide more ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion about how wa­ter moves through the land­scape which will help the part­ners plan restora­tion ef­forts.”

“The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Pro­gram Part­ner­ship is at the na­tional fore­front of data-driven conser va­tion and restora­tion,” Ch­e­sa­peake Con­ser­vancy Pres­i­dent and CEO Joel Dunn said. “Our work to­gether is cre­at­ing con­sis­tent and com­pre­hen­sive in­for­ma­tion that lever­ages the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and ad­vances strong pub­lic and pri­vate part­ner­ships. Ch­e­sa­peake Con­ser­vancy is proud to help em­power stew­ard­ship, from the small­est non-prof­its to state and fed­eral agen­cies, and bring our com­mon goal of a health­ier and sus­tain­able Ch­e­sa­peake that much closer.”

The Ch­e­sa­peake Con­ser­vancy, work­ing with project part­ners and the CBP will pro­vide state and lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tions up­dated, high­res­o­lu­tion, high-qual­ity data about changes to land­scapes and the lo­ca­tions of head­wa­ters streams and other wa­ter fea­tures to sup­port con­tin­ued progress in the restora­tion of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and lo­cal waters within its wa­ter­shed.

The con­ser­vancy also will pro­vide:

• De­tailed in­for­ma­tion on streams that is crit­i­cal to un­der­stand­ing how wa­ter moves through the land­scape and where restora­tion ef­forts could be lo­cated.

• Op­ti­mal sit­ing for best man­age­ment prac­tices for max­i­miz­ing wa­ter qual­ity ben­e­fits

• Track­ing and re­port­ing tools for part­ners to stream­line project im­ple­men­ta­tion

• Map­ping sup­port to help part­ners in­te­grate geospa­tial data into restora­tion ef­forts.

Part­ners in­volved in this ef­fort in­clude: Univer­sity of Ver­mont Spa­tial Anal­y­sis Lab­o­ra­tory, Univer­sity of Mary­land, Bal­ti­more County, Drexel Univer­sity Acad­emy of Nat­u­ral Sciences and Ch­e­sa­peake Com­mons.

The projects un­der­taken as part of this agree­ment sup­port the goals of the 2014 Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Wa­ter­shed agree­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion about this agree­ment, visit https://www.ch­e­sa­peake bay.net/what/what_guides_ us/wa­ter­shed_a­gree­ment.

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