DU Receives Grant to Restore Chesapeake Bay Area Wetlands

Last November, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) awarded Ducks Unlimited a $610,000 grant to restore 75 acres of wetlands in Maryland's Choptank River watershed. This grant was awarded to DU through the Maryland DNR's Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, which is dedicated to reducing nonpoint-source pollution in Chesapeake Bay. 

"This really is a perfect partnership," said DU regional biologist Jake McPherson. "Restoring these wetlands, which serve as natural water filters, will help achieve the trust fund's goal of reducing pollution and DU's goal of on-the-ground habitat conservation at the same time."

This wetland restoration program will span a period of three years and encompass several individual restoration projects on privately owned lands that had been drained for agricultural purposes. A number of these projects are scheduled to get under way this spring. Choptank watershed landowners who are interested in participating in this program can contact McPherson by phone at 410-643-7635 or via email at jmcpherson@ducks.org.