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Efforts that will plant forest buffers along streams, remove barriers to fish migration, engage underserved communities and accelerate nutrient reduction efforts in the Chesapeake Bay region were among 49 projects that received more than $10 million in grants on Tuesday.

The projects were part of this year’s Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Program, an initiative funded largely by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help nonprofits, local governments and others working at the local level to implement projects that improve habitat and reduce pollution.

An angler tries to catch a native brook trout from a small stream in Pennsylvania. Climate change could severely reduce native brookies in Chesapeake Bay states. (Michael Garrigan)

This year’s awards will be matched with $12 million from grant recipients, bringing the total value of the work to more than $22 million. Altogether, the efforts will help place conservation practices on more than 45,000 acres and restore more than 45 miles of streamside forest habitat.

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