University of Maryland Extension

Water & the Chesapeake Bay

Improving water quality through stormwater management and watershed restoration techniques

Contact your Watershed Restoration Specialist for more information:

Jennifer Dindinger

Watershed Restoration Specialist

UMD Sea Grant Extension Program

Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester Counties

(ph) 240.393.7915

 From My Backyard to Our Bay - A Wicomico County Homeowner's Guide: Actions to Improve the Water Quality of the Chesapeake Bay

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.

From the Maryland Department of the Environment

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