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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.

Maryland Wetland Project Benefits Chesapeake Bay

The 13,000-acre Deal Island Wildlife Management Area in Somerset County, Maryland, encompasses tidal marshes, forested wetlands, and a nearly 2,800-acre brackish impoundment. Historically, this impoundment was composed mostly of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) and emergent marsh. Recently, however, large areas of the marsh have been replaced by open water, degrading habitat quality for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife.

DU Participates in Chesapeake Bay Partnership Meeting

Ducks Unlimited recently participated in a Chesapeake Bay partnership meeting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to discuss funding opportunities through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

Wetlands Enhanced on Deal Island Wildlife Management Area

Ducks Unlimited and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Maryland Waterfowlers Association, Agri-Drain Corporation, and other partners are working to enhance wetland habitat on Deal Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Maryland's Middle Chester River Partnership Moving Forward

Last year, Ducks Unlimited partnered with several governmental, educational, and private organizations to form the Middle Chester River Partnership (MCRP). The goal of the MCRP is to restore the Middle Chester River Watershed in Kent County, Maryland, by implementing a long-term plan to address various factors contributing to the degradation of the watershed.

DU, Partners to Restore Chester River Watershed

DU has partnered with the Kent County government, Chester River Association, Natural Resources Conservation Service Kent County Soil and Water Conservation District, University of Maryland, Maryland Department of Agriculture and Washington College to form the Middle Chester River Partnership.

Maryland: Hail Cove

DU and its partners have impacted more than 200 acres of wetlands and other critical habitat inside Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge as part of the Hail Cove project and other related conservation work.

Constellation Energy Names Ducks Unlimited Signature Partner, Supports Local Conservation

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Jan. 13, 2011 – Constellation Energy recently recognized Ducks Unlimited as a Signature Partner. The relationship includes a $30,000 grant for conservation efforts at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Md.

Hail Cove Living Shoreline Project

In 2009 Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Waterfowl Festival and numerous other partners joined together to restore this shoreline in order to protect the SAV beds.

Upper Choptank Project

The eastern shore of Maryland is a vitally important migration corridor for the wintering and migrating waterfowl of North America. Ducks travel from as far as western Alaska to utilize the resources available on the Delmarva and Chesapeake Bay. The loss of freshwater wetland habitat along coastal areas of the Bay has mirrored the 70-80 percent historic decline in wintering and migrating waterfowl to the Mid-Atlantic.

Restoring wetlands in western Maryland

On a small farm just outside New Windsor, in Carroll County, a local farmer had a wet, marginal field that his livestock would travel through to get to an adjacent pasture. During rain events, the area, which naturally drained toward Little Pipe Creek, would become saturated and muddy, making it difficult for livestock to travel to adjacent pasture.

Using science and mapping

While Maryland is not one of the largest states in the United States, it offers a diversity of habitats from the mountainous, forested regions in western Maryland to the flat coastal salt marsh of the lower eastern shore. Within each region, there are multiple opposing challenges and issues that must be addressed in order to improve habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife species.

Fishing Bay WMA

The coastal salt marsh is the predominant estuarine wetland type in the Chesapeake Bay and serves as one of the most biologically significant and productive ecosystems of the Mid-Atlantic region. Fishing Bay is the largest parcel of publicly owned tidal wetlands in Maryland, as well as the state’s largest wildlife management area.

Potomac Priority Area

The Potomac River watershed includes Washington, D.C., and counties in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. It drains more than 15,000 square miles, contributes 20% of the freshwater to the Chesapeake Bay, and is the second largest contributor of nutrients from agricultural runoff.

Maryland Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Maryland. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

Catoctin Creek Project- Potomac Watershed, MD

A series or moist-soil impoundments and potholes totaling 8 acres were completed during the summer of 2005. Prior to wetland construction, the area was composed of poorly drained agricultural fields and marginal pasture. The new wetland complex now captures that run-off thus providing many water quality benefits to the Potomac and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.

Trent Hall Farm - Pautuxent River Watershed

Trent Hall Farm is located on a unique peninsula along the Pautuxent River in St. Mary's County, Maryland.Trent Hall Farm is permanently protected through a conservation easement.

Coastal Wetland Restoration Project - Delmarva Pen

Ducks Unlimited in Partnership with Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Department of the Environment, and the United State Fish and Wildlife Service was recently awarded $100,000 to restore 400 acres of coastal salt marsh habitat in Dorchester County Maryland. There are numerous challenges currently facing coastal wetlands habitats in the Bay.
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