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2012 EPA Research Progress Report

STAR Grants to Support Chesapeake Bay

EPA awarded the University of Maryland a grant totaling $691,674 for supporting a research center to identify new, collaborative approaches to reduce urban stormwater from reaching Chesapeake Bay.

The center’s research includes: applying existing stormwater-reduction techniques in new ways; developing new techniques and technologies; identifying why existing Chesapeake Bay restoration or protection strategies have succeeded or failed; developing methods and metrics to document water-quality improvements in Chesapeake Bay tributaries; and developing strategies for specific sectors (i.e., residential, industrial, commercial developments, transportation infrastructure) in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to contribute to a cleaner Bay.

The University of Maryland research will complement similar EPA-supported work conducted by Pennsylvania State University researchers to understand how decisions are made at multiple levels to improve the planning, design, adoption, and successful implementation of innovative, sustainable stormwater management systems to protect and restore Chesapeake Bay. EPA awarded Pennsylvania State University a grant of $2,173,026 in 2011 to support that research.

Summary of Grants to Support Water and Watersheds, Pollution Prevention, and Sustainable Development for Chesapeake Bay

Recipients Research Project Amount Awarded
University of Maryland - College Park Sustainable Community Oriented Stormwater Management: A Sensible Strategy for the Chesapeake Bay $691,674
Pennsylvania State University Center for Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management (awarded in mid 2011)  $2,173,026
    Total: $2,864,700

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