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Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative 2011 (Archive)

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI) (Archive Information) (Archive Information)

Under CBWI, eligible landowners can use available technical and financial assistance to address soil erosion, sedimentation, and excess nutrients in streams and waterways, as well as other related natural resource concerns such as air quality, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and forestry.

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Applications for CBWI will be accepted continuously throughout the year to be evaluated, ranked, and prioritized based on their potential to control erosion and reduce sediment and nutrient levels in local waters and the Chesapeake Bay. Applications will be collected and evaluated on a monthly basis until funds are exhausted.

To apply, you will need to fill out an application form and contact your local NRCS office at a USDA Service Center.

EQIP Application Form

Limited Resource Farmer/Rancher Self Determination Tool


Maryland agricultural producers located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed may apply. Some watersheds in Maryland will be designated as high priority watersheds in this initiative because they have high yields of nitrogen and phosphorus, intense agricultural operations, and local water quality impairments due to excess nutrients or dissolved oxygen.

Forms and Ranking Tools

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Excel.

Cost List (XLSX; 45 KB)
2012 Core and Supporting Conservation Practices (PDF; 108 KB)
Priority - Beginning Farmer (PDF; 49 KB)
Priority - Cover Crop (PDF: 26 KB)
Priority - Cropland (PDF; 49 KB)
Priority - Forestry (PDF; 47 KB)
Priority - Grazing (PDF; 49 KB)
Priority - Livestock (PDF; 49 KB)
Priority - Patuxent (PDF; 49 KB)
Priority - Showcase (4PDF; 9 KB)
Priority - Socially Disadvantaged (PDF; 49 KB)

NOTE: Only the approved listed core and supporting practices are eligible for funding under CBWI.


Mikel Williams
Farm Bill Program Specialist
Phone: 443.482.2923

Eric Hines
Assistant State Conservationist - Programs (acting)
Phone: 443.482.2913