From the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, Maryland’s extraordinary coastal resources contribute to its economy, environment and quality of life. With these remarkable resources comes great responsibility. Coastal resources must be protected and conserved, yet communities must be able to thrive economically. A balance is needed between human demands and conservation of the resources that make Maryland such a unique place to live, work and play. Maryland’s Chesapeake & Coastal Program strives to achieve that balance.
National Issues, Local Solutions
In 1972, Congress responded to the rapid deterioration of coastal areas throughout the nation by passing the Coastal Zone Management Act, or CZMA. The main objectives of CZMA are to “preserve, protect, develop, and where possible, restore or enhance the resources of the nation’s coastal zone.” The key feature of CZMA was the creation of a partnership among federal, state, and local governments. CZMA’s success is a direct result of the ability of states to work with local communities to design coastal management programs that address specific issues and priorities affecting local areas.
How the Maryland Chesapeake & Coastal Program is Organized
The Maryland Chesapeake & Coastal Program, administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is a partnership among local, regional and state agencies. The Program collaborates with many private organizations, such as local land trusts and economic development groups. Through this networked approach, no one agency or department is responsible for Maryland’s entire coast. Rather, all partners help to ensure its proper management.
Building on Success: The Chesapeake & Coastal Program at Work
Over the past three decades, this partnership has helped Maryland work to reduce the environmental impacts of coastal development, resolve significant conflicts between competing coastal uses and provide critical assistance to local governments in coastal planning and resource protection. The Chesapeake & Coastal Program conducts research, provides technical services and distributes federal and state funds – to enable on-the-ground projects that benefit Maryland’s local communities. Whether it’s helping communities prepare for climate change, restore local waterways, protect habitats, foster clean coastal industries or encouraging citizens to become caring stewards – the Chesapeake & Coastal Program constantly seeks ways to improve coastal management.
Learn more about the CoastSmart Communities Initiative and access the online resource center for financial and technical assistance to address vulnerability to the impacts of sea level rise and climate change.
Ocean Planning and Renewable Offshore Energy
Learn more about the State’s ocean mapping and planning, offshore wind, project timelines, anticipated processes and opportunities for public comment.
Watershed Assistance Collaborative
Learn more about the technical and financial assistance provided through the Collaborative to local communities and governments for advancing watershed protection and restoration activities in Maryland.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean
Learn about how we are partnering with our sister states through the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) to address the region’s priority ocean issues and ensure that our ocean is healthy, resilient and productive.
Governor O'Malley's Stream Restoration Challenge
Governor O'Malley's Stream Restoration Challenge is once again accepting applications from local governments, school systems, and non-governmental organizations looking to carry out projects to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality and create service learning and environmental literacy activities for students. Through this program, the State and its partners will award the top proposals grants totaling up to $6 million to establish 1,000 acres of forested stream buffers by 2015.
For more information or to discuss project ideas, please contact Gabe Cohee via email at email@example.com or directly at 410.260.8753. Additional resources and information can be found on the program website.
Chesapeake & Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building E-2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401