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ADVISORY: Cardin to Join Chesapeake Bay Trust, NOAA, and Maryland officials to Announce Program to Restore Chesapeake Bay Shorelines in Maryland and Virginia



ADVISORY: Cardin to Join Chesapeake Bay Trust, NOAA, and Maryland officials to Announce Program to Restore Chesapeake Bay Shorelines in Maryland and Virginia


* MEDIA ADVISORY *


Contacts: Molly Alton Mullins, Chesapeake Bay Trust, 410.271.3469, mmullins@cbtrust.org or
Susan Sullam (Cardin) 410-960-2440 (cell)


Cardin to Join Chesapeake Bay Trust, NOAA, and Maryland officials to Announce Program to Restore Chesapeake Bay Shorelines in Maryland and Virginia


More than $800,000 unveiled for the creation of “living shorelines,” an innovative technique designed to protect shorelines from erosion while also improving Bay habitat and water quality


WHAT: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin will join the Chesapeake Bay Trust, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Department of the Environment to announce the recipients of their Living Shorelines Grant Program, a collaborative multi-state effort designed to encourage the installation and understanding of “living shorelines” throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This program, now in its seventh year, has awarded more than $4 million and leveraged $7 million in matching funds from landowners to promote living shorelines, which protect coastlines from erosion while also providing critical Bay habitat for fish, crabs, and other wildlife. The announcement of more than $800,000 to 12 recipients in Maryland and four in Virginia marks the largest amount ever awarded to support this ground-breaking restoration technique, and celebrates the newest partner in the funding collaborative, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.


During the event, grant recipients will discuss the exceptional ecological benefits of living shorelines, as well as what they plan to do with the funding. Additionally, area residents can learn more about efforts to create their own living shorelines and what living shorelines mean for private residential property: The event will be held at the site of three neighboring homeowners who learned about this technique in part through demonstration projects funded through the Living Shoreline funding collaborative and who worked together to remove bulkheads and build a contiguous living shoreline on their properties.

WHEN: Thursday, August 30 at 10:00 am

WHERE: 517 Horn Point Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403


WHO:
- Senator Ben Cardin, U.S. Senate
- Secretary Robert M. Summers, Ph.D., Maryland Department of the Environment
- Secretary John R. Griffin, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
- Eric Schwaab, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Conservation and      Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Jana Davis, Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Trust
- Living Shoreline grant program recipients
- Lt. Governor Anthony Brown (invited)
- Congressman John Sarbanes, 3rd Congressional District of Maryland (invited)