Grant funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup on the way

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 16, 2015 9:34 AM

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Calvert Cliffs State Park, Maryland

(Undated) -- The first grants for Chesapeake Bay cleanup projects funded through the 2014 farm bill are being handed out. 

It comes two days after the federal Agriculture Department announced that Chesapeake Bay restoration projects will receive more than $18 million in funding.  

Some of the projects are aimed at improving nutrient management practices, restoring wetlands and increasing streamside plant growth. 

The six-state Chesapeake Bay watershed, which includes Pennsylvana, is among eight "critical conservation areas" the USDA has designated for special attention under the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

The watershed also includes parts of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia and West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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