Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative 2011 (Archive)
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI) (Archive Information) (Archive
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.
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
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
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
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.
Farm Bill Program Specialist
Assistant State Conservationist - Programs (acting)