The Small Watershed Grants program has awarded more than $3.4 million to 34 projects across the watershed to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

The grants, recently announced by EPA Region III Administrator Shawn Garvin, include funding for projects in all six states and the District of Columbia. Funds went to local governments, watershed organizations and community groups.

The grants fund work to improve water quality and habitat, conserve land, prevent new pollution from entering the Bay and plan for the future. Since the program began 10 years ago, it has distributed more than $27 million to 626 projects in the watershed. It is largely funded by the EPA and the funds are distributed by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In some cases, additional funds are provided by local governments and other agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Here are this year's awards:

MD Projects

  • The Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection & Resource Management: forestry work, $50,000
  • Center for Watershed Protection: reducing stormwater, $150,000;
  • Center for Watershed Protection: stormwater project in St. Mary's County, $134,149
  • Corsica River Conservancy: stormwater project, $50,000
  • MD Association of Conservation Districts: headwater restoration, $156,965
  • Scenic Rivers Land Trust: Annapolis land protection, $65,858
  • Spa Creek Conservancy: stormwater retrofit, $141,648
  • Town of Forest Heights: stormwater runoff reduction, $150,000
  • Wings Over America: restoring buildings, $50,000

VA Projects

  • Culpeper Soil & Water Con-servation District: wetlands project, $33,150
  • Elizabeth River Project: restoring buffers, $150,000
  • Friends of the Rappahannock: nutrient trading, $30,000
  • James River Association: stream restoration, $50,000.
  • Longfellow Middle School PTA: rain conservation garden, $20,000
  • Loudoun County: watershed restoration, $80,000
  • Mary Baldwin College & City of Staunton: stormwater retrofits, $75,000
  • Northern Neck Land Conservancy: watershed protection, $78,284
  • Three Rivers Soil & Water Conservation District: switching farmers to nitrogen injection, $100,000

PA Projects

  • Adams County Conservation District: helping streamside landowners, $39,420
  • Alliance for the Chesapeake

Bay, stream restoration, $150,000

  • American Rivers: dam removal, $75,000
  • Center for Watershed Protection, stormwater retrofits, $100,000
  • Lancaster Farmland Trust: stream-bank fencing, $100,000
  • Western PA Conservancy: nutrient reduction, $50,000
  • Western PA Conservancy: brook trout restoration, $40,000

WV Projects

  • Mountain Institute: stewardship in the Potomac, $75,000
  • The Pinchot Institute: brook trout trading credits, $120,000

NY Projects

  • Sidney Center Improvement

Group: watershed plan, $92,996

  • Tioga County Conservation District: reducing nutrient loads through feeding, $200,000

DE Project

  • DE Department of Natural Resources: stormwater retrofits, $100,000

DC Project

  • Community Resources: stormwater retrofits, $225,000

Multi-state Projects

  • Anacostia Watershed Society: training, $146,060
  • Defenders of Wildlife: land conservation, $75,000
  • Sassafras River Association: reducing nutrients, $200,000