The National Fish and Wildlife Association awarded $2.5 million in grants to help reduce nutrient pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The grants will be used for three projects which are expected to reduce annual nutrient pollution to the Bay by over 6.4 million pounds of nitrogen and 6.8 million pounds of phosphorous.

The grants support three diverse Virginia-based partnerships:

  • The Virginia Waste Solutions Forum will work with dairy and poultry farmers to test innovative manure and litter management tools, including manure-to-energy technology, nutrient concentration technology, and by creating new markets for manure as fertilizer here in the North River watershed.
  • The Opequon Creek Partnership will implement proven and innovative nutrient management practices, such as wetland creation and restoration and stream fencing, and demonstrate their potential to generate nutrient credits to offset the expansion of a waste water treatment plan.
  • The Virginia Tech-Virginia Commonwealth University Oyster Partnership will strategically install oyster floats in three small watersheds and demonstrate the potential for commercial native oyster cultivation to be used as a water filtration practice that generates credits in a water quality trading and offsets scenario.

For more information on these grants, go to:

For a listing and map of the 2006 Chesapeake Bay Targeted Watersheds, visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation homepage at or the Chesapeake Bay Program at

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