WATERSHED RESTORATION & PROTECTION PROGRAM
Improving water quality through stormwater management and watershed restoration techniques.
Calvert County is one of the southernmost counties in the state of Maryland and is bordered on three sides by the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. All land in the county lies within a mile of these waters and every use impacts directly on the Watershed.
Watershed Restoration Specialists work 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. Specialists facilitate measurable reductions in water pollution in the following ways:
- Classes and workshops teach homeowners how to improve water quality in their own backyard with practices like rain barrels, rain gardens, and tree planting.
- Technical Assistance Programs help communities address Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) regulations and requirements.
- Watershed Restoration Projects emerge from collaborative partnerships and effective funding techniques to reduce nutrient and sediment loads.
- Watershed Restoration Specialists also connect watershed science to policy makers and community leaders to make the most effective water quality decisions.
Learn more about the Maryland Extension Watershed Protection and Restoration Program.