Environment and Natural Resources

Maryland’s diverse environment ranges from the mountains of the west to the shorelines along the east, and from large urban landscapes to rural forests and lakes. UME’s Environment, Natural Resources, and Sea Grant programs provide educational and technical support to residents who live, work, and play here. 

Water and the Chesapeake Bay

Maryland Sea Grant Extension Watershed Restoration Specialists offer technical advice and support to individuals and communities working to preserve and restore the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s coastal waters. They assist by:

  • teaching homeowners how to improve water quality in their own backyard with practices like rain barrels, rain gardens, and tree planting,
  • offering Technical Assistance Programs to help communities address Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) regulations and requirements,
  • connecting watershed science to the policymakers and community leaders making water quality decisions.

Kelsey Brooks is the Regional Watershed Restoration Specialist serving Baltimore City and Baltimore, Carroll, and Harford Counties.

Contact Kelsey at 410-887-8090 or email kebrooks@umd.edu.

Want to learn more about watershed events going on in your community? Visit @CleanWaterMD on Twitter!