Help improve Howard County’s water quality, Watershed Enhancement Grant applications now available

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – January 21, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Howard County’s Department of Public Works, Bureau of Environmental Services is now accepting applications for their 2016 Watershed Enhancement Grant (WEG). The WEG is geared towards promoting grass roots education projects and outreach activities intended to: increase community awareness and participation in water quality issues and projects; provide educational opportunities for Howard County residents; and implement restoration projects.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Howard County and doing work within the County. An applicant’s project and/or activity must educate county residents or community groups on the effect they have on the water quality in Howard County’s lakes, rivers and streams, and how they can help improve the overall quality. An applicant’s grant proposal must include measurable objectives and evaluation criteria stating how resident and community behavior will be changed through their project. The amount of grant money awarded to each organization will be based on the extent of their project/activity and the availability of funds.

Applications are available online at www.howardcountymd.gov/swm.htm and must be submitted both via email to amorales (at) howardcountymd (dot) gov and mailed to: Angela Morales, Howard County Watershed Enhancement Grant Program, Bureau of Environmental Services, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 514, Columbia, MD 21046. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 26.

Examples of eligible WEG program activities include: environmental cleanups; removal of invasive plant species; riparian tree plantings; stream restorations; rain garden installations; and educational seminars. Projects must be completed within one year of acceptance into the grant program.

For questions or more information about WEG, contact the Bureau of Environmental Services at 410-313-6444 or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/swm.htm.

Media Contacts: Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Angela Morales, Bureau of Environmental Services, 410-313-6444

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