For partial funding of the position of a riverkeeper to monitor activity on the Chester River, so as to protect water quality and biodiversity from degradation. As changes in land use impact the watershed, the riverkeeper is expected to maintain a presence at local planning boards and keep the public informed about best conservation practices.
In support of the 2004 Environmental Legislative Summit.
For continued support of the Builders of the Bay program, designed to convene a series of county roundtable task forces. These roundtables investigate existing building codes and ordinances in their respective counties and make recommendations to their planning commissions, to ensure that each county's building codes are environmentally sensitive and economically feasible.
The funding makes it possible for the Audubon Center in Patterson Park to continue serving as a conservation resource, providing a broad range of educational programs for all ages, adult workshops and family events
For the production of a report, "Greening the Budget: 11 Ideas for Protecting the Environment and Easing Maryland's Fiscal Crisis, 2004." The report, part of a national effort aimed at fighting threatened budget cuts in environmental programs in cities and states, suggests strategies to close loopholes in the tax code, eliminate subsidies for pollution and deter other cuts of environmentally damaging projects.
For general support to continue promotion of Smart Growth strategies, designed to stabilize and revitalize existing communities while protecting Maryland's natural resources.
For research to investigate options for amending Maryland State brownfields laws to conform to federal laws.
Toward staffing costs of a rehabilitation specialist and a housing counselor to support the first year of Baltimore City's acquisition, renovation and resale of 200 houses in an effort to revitalize the Reservoir Hill neighborhood.
Two-year funding for staffing to expand programs providing emergency repairs to low-income homeowners through volunteers and donations.
For continued support of the Historic Communities Investment Fund, a matching grant program designed to create additional historic districts in Baltimore City. These new and expanded districts will be eligible for the Maryland State historic rehabilitation tax credit refund.