The Maryland Department of Natural Resources awarded grants to four Frederick County groups, including the town of New Market, for work on tree planting and water cleanliness.
New Market, Land and Cultural Preservation, Frederick Soil Conservation District and the Maryland Forestry Foundation all received Resilient Communities and Environments Grants. The grants are funded by the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, the Coastal Resiliency Program, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
New Market's grant will help the town retrofit a stormwater pond. The Land and Cultural Preservation's grant will help with tree planting across sites in the county, and the soil conservation district will use the money for stream restoration.
Grant applications were reviewed by a board. Members chose projects that were cost effective and showed that the use was planned out, said Gabe Cohee, director of the Center for Restoration Finance.
"There's already been a lot of leg work done by these companies," Cohee said.
Trees act as natural buffers, he said, which is why organizations like the Land and Cultural Preservation Fund will plant them as part of the Monocacy River Watershed Agricultural Forest Buffer Project. Maryland Forestry Foundation's project Healthy Forests, Healthy Waters will plant trees in areas like Windsor.
Maryland DNR looks to reconnect streams to historical floodplains, as a way to keep the Chesapeake Watershed clean, Cohee said. The money given to the Frederick Soil Conservation District will help with its Israel Creek, Broad Run Stream and Wetland Restorations project.