Restoration projects in Maryland good news for ducks in the Chesapeake Bay

There's good news for ducks in the Chesapeake Bay, and that news is good for people, too. Restoration projects in Dorchester and St. Mary's Counties in Maryland will help improve water quality in the Bay watershed while also providing critical habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.

Twelve acres of wetlands and associated upland habitats at the respective project sites were altered for various land uses. After extensive surveying and design work from Ducks Unlimited engineering staff, DU was able restore these areas and provide excellent habitat for migratory waterfowl and other wetland dependent species. In addition, the Dorchester County property is protected through a conservation easement, co-held by Maryland Environmental Trust and Ducks Unlimited, which ensures the restored habitats will perpetually remain as wetlands. Wetland restoration is a key component in efforts to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, preserving water quality by filtering surface runoff before it enters the Bay, increasing flood retention during storm events, and replenishing groundwater storage.

The Chesapeake Bay has lost thousands of acres of historic wetland habitat. Maryland alone has lost over 70% of its original wetland base. Recent efforts have stabilized wetland acreage loss through protection, restoration, and enhancement, but urbanization and land development still pose a significant threat to remaining wetland habitat. Ducks Unlimited has been involved in similar wetland restoration projects on private lands in Maryland for over 20 years.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources partnered with DU to support the construction of these two important projects.