University of Maryland Extension

Watershed Protection and Restoration Program

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Rain Gardens

A rain garden is a planted depression in the landscape that collects and allows rainwater runoff from impervious surfaces to be absorbed. Rain gardens and planted with native plants, and include an amended soil media and mulch.

Rain Barrels and Cisterns

Devices that are placed at the end of downspouts to collect rainwater and store it for later uses by the homeowner.

Stormwater Practices

What is stormwater runoff? Stormwater runoff originates during precipitation events when water flows over the ground. Hard surfaces such as streets and rooftops increase runoff by preventing water from soaking into the ground. Water running over these hard surfaces can pick up sediment, chemicals,...

Watershed Stewards Academy

The Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) is a training program to empower residents to improve the water quality of local streams. By sharing resources, forming partnerships, and coordinating efforts, WSA works with a Consortium of Support Professionals, Master Watershed Stewards and their communities...

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification

The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification (CBLP) is a voluntary credential for professionals who design, install, and maintain sustainable landscapes in the Bay watershed. Organizing partners for CBLP are the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council , University of Maryland Sea...

SMART Tool

Stormwater Management and Restoration Tracker (SMART) Stormwater remains one of the most difficult and expensive sources of Chesapeake Bay pollution to control. While a great deal of attention and resources have been committed to wide scale adoption of Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs...

Watershed Protection and Restoration Program

Overview

Improving water quality through stormwater management and watershed restoration techniques, the Sea Grant Watershed Protection and Restoration Program works with local and state governments, watershed organizations, and community groups in Maryland to build partnerships, identify funding sources, and advise/assist in the planning, implementation and monitoring of restoration projects. Watershed Restoration Specialists facilitate measurable reductions in water pollution in the following ways:

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