Federal and Local Collaboration
Spark Restoration Successes
In October, on a fishing pier west of
Cambridge, Maryland, families, fishermen,
and government officials came out to celebrate the final touches to an artificial oyster
reef. The fishing pier is named for outdoor
writer Bill Burton, and his granddaughter
MacKinsie Boughey was there to help plant
the new reef with baby oysters.
The Bill Burton Fishing Pier Oyster Reef—a
collaboration between CBF, the Maryland
Artificial Reef Initiative, and the Maryland
Department of Natural Resources—is
just one of many projects throughout
the Bay region that have benefited from federal funding. According to CBF Eastern
Shore Director Alan Girard, “When we
work together cooperatively, combining
federal funds with local implementation,
we all benefit.”
Other examples of these cooperative projects can be seen upstream from the Bill
Burton Pier. Through a partnership between
Caroline County, Maryland, and EPA, there
are plans to help protect the Upper
Choptank watershed from polluted runoff.
According to EPA, a federal grant will support water-quality improvements and be
matched by state funding. Greensboro,
Maryland, will reap the rewards of this funding and will install three retrofit urban and
suburban runoff systems. The county also
wants to reduce polluted runoff from
unpaved county roads, and a portion of the
federal money from the grant has been used
to hire an environmental planner to implement this project.
The urban and suburban runoff projects
are part of a larger Upper Choptank watershed restoration effort. The comprehensive
activities, which serve as the groundwork
for Caroline County’s pollution-reduction
plan, were created in collaboration with the
Maryland Department of the Environment.
Other groups also helped with the plan,
including CBF, the Eastern Shore Land
Conservancy, the University of Maryland,
and the Center for Watershed Protection.
By improving overall water quality, projects
such as the polluted runoff retrofits in
Greensboro, Maryland, and the artificial oys-
ter reef project at the Bill Burton Fishing Pier
can have a dramatically positive ripple effect
on other efforts around the Bay watershed.
For example, projects that improve the water
quality in the Upper Choptank help enhance
downstream efforts, exemplifying CBF’s
“headwaters to coastal waters” approach.
CBF’s Federal Affairs office in the District of
Columbia makes sure that members of
Congress know about the federal and state
collaboration happening across the Bay
region—and especially in their own districts.
And with the help of CBF members from
these districts, we also drive home how critical this collaboration is to the Chesapeake
Clean Water Blueprint’s success.
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As part of a cooperative project to implement Caroline County’s pollution-reduction plan, MacKinsie
Boughey, plants baby oysters on the artificial reef named for her grandfather, Bill Burton.