This is an update to our January 7 article.
The Clean Water Commerce Act (CWCA) passed by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2017 Session (SB314/HB417) expanded the uses of the Bay Restoration Fund to include the costs associated with the purchase of cost-effective nitrogen, phosphorus, or sediment load reductions in support of the State’s efforts to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay, not to exceed $6,000,000 in fiscal year 2019, and $10,000,000 in fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment load reductions purchased cannot come from the agriculture sector and must be created by July 1, 2017. MDE may enter into any contract until June 30, 2021. The contract may last as long as the expected life of the best management practice resulting from nutrient load reductions.
The Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) invites you to send proposals for FY 2020 funding by February 22, 2019 for nutrient purchasing. MDE will be awarding contracts after the Maryland Board of Public Works approval, anticipated to begin in April 2019.
These documents can be found on MDE's website:
1. CWCA Proposal
3. CWCA Regulations
4. Attachment A – Eligibility Determination
5. Attachment B - Draft Grant Agreement
6. Attachment C – Draft Conditions of Grant Award
Return the completed hard copy proposal BY FEBRUARY 22, 2019 to:
Linda Cross, Administrative Assistant
Engineering and Capital Projects Program
Office of Budget and Infrastructure Financing
Maryland Department of the Environment
Montgomery Park Business Center
1800 Washington Boulevard, STE 545
Baltimore, MD 21230-1708
MDE requests that if a proposal is emailed, a hard copy should also be sent.
If you have any questions or require assistance in completing this application, please contact Walid Saffouri on (410) 537-3757, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.