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USDA B.A.R.C. Facility Wetland & Stream Mitigation

Beltsville, Prince George’s County, MD / Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan Watershed

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Project Summary: GreenTrust Alliance, Inc. (GTA) teamed with GreenVest, LLC (GV), Environmental Quality Resources, LLC (EQR) and Princeton Hydro (PH) to secure funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust through the Maryland Department of Environment (CBT-MDE) Nontidal ILF Wetland Grant Program. GV is acting as overall program manager and general contractor to design and implement this important urban restoration project.

Prior to pursuing grant funding, GV developed a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, allowing the team access to Federal land at the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Beltsville, MD. The team selected the Spray Irrigation Field (SIF), located on the North Farm of BARC, as the stream and wetland restoration site. The 25+ acre SIF was used to dispose of treated sanitary, wastewater and was in agricultural production prior to that use. The SIF drains directly to the Spray Irrigation Tributary, a tributary to the Little Paint Branch and which flows to the Anacostia River south of the site.

The CBT-MDE grant provided funding to restore 13+ acres of the total 25+ acre site. However, by leveraging additional wetland and stream mitigation needs required by Prince George’s County (PG County) and State Highway Administration (SHA), GV sourced the supplementary funding needed to restore the remainder of the 25+ acre SIF. The 25-acre SIF is comprised of modified agricultural wetlands, disturbed upland meadow and a comprehensive ditch network. Prior to being converted to active agricultural production, the SIF was a forested headwater wetland/stream complex. These three projects will restore historic functions/values on 18 acres of headwater wetland habitat, 4.6 acres of upland habitat, and over 4,600 linear feet of stream habitat. This project will result in measurable water quality and habitat improvements in the Anacostia Watershed.

The coordination of multiple projects on a single site with USDA, multiple project sponsors, and multiple regulatory authorities underscores GV’s unique capability to source project funding, forge mutually beneficial partnerships and successfully manage the objectives of multiple stakeholders during the design and implementation of complex restoration projects.

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