$22.7 Million Federal Grant for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

Aug 24, 2012

BALTIMORE (AP) - Federal officials plan to announce $22.7 million in funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration projects.

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin says the 41 projects will reduce runoff of sediment as well as sewage, fertilizer and other pollution that feeds harmful algae blooms in the bay. The projects are located across the bay's six-state watershed, which runs from Virginia to New York and also includes West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are scheduled to appear at Tuesday's announcement in Baltimore. Federal officials say $9.2 million in grants from the 2012 Chesapeake Stewardship Fund will be matched by $13.5 million provided by grant recipients.