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Cardin Announces $300,000 Grant From EPA, American Rivers

Cardin Announces $300,000 Grant From EPA, American Rivers
Sen. Benjamin Cardin announces the grant. Behind him from left is FSU Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Joseph Hoffman, FSU President Jonathan Gibralter and Shawn Garvin, EPA regional administrator.
Project to Protect and Restore Rivers, Stimulate Local Food Production in Potomac Highlands Region

FROSTBURG, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today announced a $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and American Rivers to Frostburg State University (FSU), the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council (WMRCD) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to reduce flooding, restore forests, and promote local food production in the Potomac Highlands region. In the past, many of the region’s streams have been damaged by harmful logging, mining, dams, and other development.

The $300,000 grant is part of a comprehensive initiative to help protect and restore rivers in the Potomac Highlands region. WMRCD is partnering with FSU, the DNR and others to convert unused mined land into a five-acre greenhouse complex designed to train community members for high quality jobs while producing local food and tree seedlings to be used in restoration projects throughout the region.

“This grant is a win-win for everyone involved because it represents a true partnership in which Frostburg State, the WMRCD and the DNR have joined with EPA and American Rivers to initiate a comprehensive environmental restoration effort that will create jobs and help restore the Potomac watershed,” said Senator Cardin, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and chair of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee. “Contamination from mining activities and other development can have a devastating effect and this grant will help restore the area’s rivers, streams and forests.”

The environmental, social and economic benefits include reducing runoff that contributes to Potomac basin flooding and acid mine drainage, reestablishing natural forest habitat on strip-mined lands, creating two permanent, sustainable jobs and a training facility that will help create additional job opportunities, and providing local healthy food to the residents of western Maryland.

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