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VA - Almost $10 million poured into Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have awarded $9.6 million in grants to support the restoration and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have awarded $9.6 million in grants to support the restoration and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The 11 grants will leverage more than $28 million in matching contributions, to generate a total conservation impact of nearly $38 million.

The grants were awarded through the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grant, a core program under NFWF’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, which is a partnership between NFWF and the EPA to provide grant funding, technical assistance, and networking and information sharing in support of local conservation and restoration efforts to restore the bay and its tributary rivers and streams.

“It is a priority for EPA to support local actions that move us closer to our restoration goals. We appreciate the forward-thinking ideas reflected in these projects,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Acting Regional Administrator Diana Esher.

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