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Article - Natural Resources




§8–2A–02.    IN EFFECT

    (a)    There is a Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund.

    (b)    The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial assistance necessary to advance Maryland’s progress in meeting the goals established in the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, including the Patuxent River, and to restore the health of the Atlantic Coastal Bays and their tributaries, by focusing limited financial resources on nonpoint source pollution control projects in all regions of the State.

    (c)    The Secretary shall administer the Fund.

    (d)    (1)    The Fund is a special, nonlapsing fund that is not subject to § 7–302 of the State Finance and Procurement Article.

        (2)    The Treasurer shall hold the Fund separately, and the Comptroller shall account for the Fund.

    (e)    The Fund consists of:

        (1)    Money appropriated in the State budget for the Fund;

        (2)    Money distributed to the Fund under §§ 2–1104 and 2–1302.1 of the Tax – General Article; and

        (3)    Any other money from any other source accepted for the benefit of the Fund.

    (f)    (1)    The Fund may be used only for the implementation of nonpoint source pollution control projects to:

            (i)    Support State and local watershed implementation plans by targeting limited financial resources on the most effective nonpoint source pollution control projects; and

            (ii)    Improve the health of the Atlantic Coastal Bays and their tributaries.

        (2)    It is the intent of the General Assembly that, when possible, moneys in the Fund shall be granted to local governments and other political subdivisions for agricultural, forestry, stream and wetland restoration, and urban and suburban stormwater nonpoint source pollution control projects, including up to 25% in matching funds to local governments and other political subdivisions that have enacted a stormwater remediation fee under § 4–202.1 of the Environment Article.

        (3)    (i)    In each fiscal year from 2023 through 2031, inclusive, $1,250,000 from the Fund shall be used to fund:

                1.    The 5 Million Tree Program Coordinator position in the Department of the Environment; and

                2.    Subject to subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph, 13 contractor positions in the Forest Service of the Department to provide technical assistance, planning, and coordination related to tree plantings, tree buffer management, and forest management, including invasive vine removal, on public, private, and agricultural lands and in “underserved areas” as defined in § 8–1911 of this article.

            (ii)    The Department shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that contractors hired under subparagraph (i)2 of this paragraph reflect the geographic and demographic diversity of the State.

        (4)    (i)    In each fiscal year from 2024 through 2031, inclusive, the Governor shall include in the annual State budget an appropriation of $2,500,000 to the Fund, to be used, subject to the requirements of subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph, for tree plantings on public and private land.

            (ii)    The money appropriated under this paragraph:

                1.    May be distributed in accordance with § 8–2A–04(c)(2) of this subtitle;

                2.    May be used to cover the costs of:

                A.    Site preparation, labor, and materials for tree–planting projects;

                B.    Maintaining trees following a tree–planting project; and

                C.    Landowner incentive payments or signing bonuses of up to $1,000 per acre of trees planted;

                3.    May not be used to plant trees intended for timber harvest; and

                4.    May be used only for tree plantings on private land if the landowner enters into a binding legal agreement to maintain the planted area in tree cover for at least 15 years.

            (iii)    Money appropriated under this paragraph is supplemental to and may not take the place of funding that otherwise would be appropriated for tree plantings on public and private land.

    (g)    (1)    The Treasurer shall invest the money of the Fund in the same manner as other State money may be invested.

        (2)    Any investment earnings of the Fund shall be retained to the credit of the Fund.

    (h)    Money expended from the Fund for the restoration of the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays and their tributaries, including the Patuxent River, is supplemental to and is not intended to take the place of funding that otherwise would be appropriated for bay restoration.

§8–2A–02.    // EFFECTIVE JUNE 30, 2031 PER CHAPTER 645 OF 2021 //

    (a)    There is a Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund.

    (b)    The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial assistance necessary to advance Maryland’s progress in meeting the goals established in the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, including the Patuxent River, and to restore the health of the Atlantic Coastal Bays and their tributaries, by focusing limited financial resources on nonpoint source pollution control projects in all regions of the State.

    (c)    The Secretary shall administer the Fund.

    (d)    (1)    The Fund is a special, nonlapsing fund that is not subject to § 7–302 of the State Finance and Procurement Article.

        (2)    The Treasurer shall hold the Fund separately, and the Comptroller shall account for the Fund.

    (e)    The Fund consists of:

        (1)    Money appropriated in the State budget for the Fund;

        (2)    Money distributed to the Fund under §§ 2–1104 and 2–1302.1 of the Tax – General Article; and

        (3)    Any other money from any other source accepted for the benefit of the Fund.

    (f)    (1)    The Fund may be used only for the implementation of nonpoint source pollution control projects to:

            (i)    Support State and local watershed implementation plans by targeting limited financial resources on the most effective nonpoint source pollution control projects; and

            (ii)    Improve the health of the Atlantic Coastal Bays and their tributaries.

        (2)    It is the intent of the General Assembly that, when possible, moneys in the Fund shall be granted to local governments and other political subdivisions for agricultural, forestry, stream and wetland restoration, and urban and suburban stormwater nonpoint source pollution control projects, including up to 25% in matching funds to local governments and other political subdivisions that have enacted a stormwater remediation fee under § 4–202.1 of the Environment Article.

    (g)    (1)    The Treasurer shall invest the money of the Fund in the same manner as other State money may be invested.

        (2)    Any investment earnings of the Fund shall be retained to the credit of the Fund.

    (h)    Money expended from the Fund for the restoration of the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays and their tributaries, including the Patuxent River, is supplemental to and is not intended to take the place of funding that otherwise would be appropriated for bay restoration.



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