When it comes to sustainability in the Chesapeake Bay, good intentions don’t always lead to effective outcomes. Now a team of University of Maryland Extension (UME) experts are helping to ensure certain practices meant to protect the Bay will actually deliver results like pollution reduction by creating a certification program for landscape professionals in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
UME’s Watershed Protection and Restoration Program (WPRP) team was approached by the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council approximately six years ago proposing a certification program now known as the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals (CBLP) Certification Program. The program has since received a $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as well was $30,000 from the Prince Charitable Trust, Keith Campbell Foundation, and UMD Extension.
“The goal of CBLP is to create a trained workforce that designs, builds, and installs sustainable small-scale landscape practices that measurably decrease the amount of nutrient and sediment pollution going to local rivers and streams,” said Jennifer Dindinger, Watershed Restoration Specialist for MarylandSea Grant Extension.