Columbia Association (CA) will receive $25,000 a year for three years as part of a larger grant awarded to The University of Maryland, CA and the Anacostia River Society. The larger grant, for $691,674, was awarded through EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program for the Sustainable Community Oriented Stormwater Management (S-COSM) project. This project is part of the larger program; Sustainable Chesapeake: A Community-Based Approach to Stormwater Management Using Green Infrastructure.
In a nutshell, the project is designed to increase the adoption of residential stormwater practices like rain gardens. Some of the grant money will go to social marketing and education programs to reach people and inform the public of the importance of water management. The grant will also help fund a decision support system for Watershed Stewards and other practitioners to help prescribe where management systems should be in the Wilde Lake watershed. A community Watershed Advisory Committee has been established to help guide CA in this process.
Written by Melissa Sinclair