Bay Restoration Initiatives

What are Bay Restoration Initiatives?

Bay Restoration Initiatives are high priority areas of interest that influence, guide, and promote Chesapeake Bay cleanup. Maryland works to identify Bay Restoration Initiatives and develop comprehensive solutions to manage them.


Maryland's Bay Restoration Initiatives

Aligning for Growth

Maryland is working to develop methods to manage additional pollution from population growth in order to stay within the pollution limits set by the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan.

Clean Water Commerce Act

The Clean Water Commerce Act provides an opportunity for private sector investments to efficiently reduce sediment and nutrient pollution entering Chesapeake Bay. The State is able to purchase these pollution reductions using the Bay Restoration Fund.

Conowingo Dam

Conowingo Hydroelectric Generating Station is in the process of applying for a new license. Maryland is currently assessing the issues resulting from the infill of the reservoir that has caused the dam to stop trapping nutrient and sediment pollution.

Water Quality Trading​​

Maryland's Water Quality Trading Program provides cost-effective solutions to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution by allowing the generating and selling of nutrient credits in the State marketplace .


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MDE provides outreach, guidance, and technical assistance for developing and implementing Watershed Implementation Plans.

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