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Land Trust Work Group

Enhancing Water Quality Through Permanent Land Protection

The Chesapeake Bay Funders Network established a land trust working group early in 2014 to identify and support opportunities to greatly expand capacity to secure water quality improvements through conservation easements and other permanent land protection programs. We also hope to increase the credit given to permanent land conservation in the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load benchmarks established by the Environmental Protection Agency.

As a first step, the land trust working group commissioned a research and assessment study of land protection programs in the Chesapeake Bay watershed states – Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and Washington, DC. 

The study sought to:
  • Document where and how land trusts in the watershed currently work to protect water quality;
  • Assess the impact of this work to date;
  • Identify the resources needed to secure more strategic and effective permanent land protection to meet Chesapeake Bay Program goals in the next three years and beyond; and
  • Recommend funding opportunities for the land trust working group and other CBFN members.
For more information, please contact one of the working group co-chairs:
 
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Megan Milliken,
Jul 9, 2016, 10:03 AM