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Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant Program



Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grants (CBIG) enable states the lie in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to meet the goals outlined in the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, such as improving water quality.

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Ben Coverdale
Nonpoint Source Program
285 Beiser Blvd, Suite 102
Dover, DE 19904
302-739-9922

Watershed Management Plans

Section 117(e)(1)(A) of the Clean Water Act authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to award Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grants (CBIG) to states and signatory jurisdictions in the Watershed. Delaware’s portion of the grant is administered by the DNREC Nonpoint Source Program.

Program Goals

Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant is detailed in a 6-year workplan. It relies on partnerships to help meet local goals. The CBIG is used to help fund water quality-based best management practices (BMP) projects and priorities under the following objectives:

Objective 1: Support coordinated efforts and bring together stakeholders in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Objective 2: Monitor and evaluate progress towards achieving Delaware’s TMDLs and Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.

Objective 3: Accelerate implementation of cost-effective practices and enhance partnerships in the agriculture sector.

Objective 4: Accelerate implementation of cost-effective practices and utilize partnerships in the developed and natural sector.

Objective 5: Investigate and determine toxic contaminant levels within Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay, and address as appropriate.

Funding Process

Eligible proposals are selected for funding by Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant Program through a competitive grant process. The DNREC Nonpoint Source Program administers the grant application process and provides technical and financial guidance during the grant application and project period.

Proposals for funding under the CBIG grant should follow the CBIG Project Proposal Template.

Local entities within Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed can apply for Local Implementation Funding Grants to support best management practice implementation projects that will improve water quality by reduction of nutrient and sediment loads.




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