Maryland Coastal Bays Program

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program exists to protect and conserve the waters and surrounding watershed of Maryland's coastal bays to enhance their ecological values and sustainable use for both present and future generations.

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Executive Director: Frank Piorko
Counties Served: Worcester
Phone Number: 410-213-2297 ext. 105
Mission Category: Environment
Since 1996 the Maryland Coastal Bays Program has worked to weave economic and environmental prosperity into one. Through education and outreach programs, restoration projects and involvement with the business community, builders, residents, visitors and government leaders, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program works to improve water quality, protect habitat and enhance forests and wetlands.

As a National Estuary Program, Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) is a non-profit partnership among the towns of Ocean City and Berlin, the National Park Service (NPS), Worcester County, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Planning.

One of only 28 such programs nationwide, our goal is to protect and enhance the watershed, which includes Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Berlin, and Assateague Island National Seashore. East of Route 113, the 175-square mile watershed is home to the treasured resources of the St. Martin River, Newport Bay, Assawoman Bay, Isle of Wight Bay, Sinepuxent Bay and Chincoteague Bay. The watershed includes more than 189,000 acres of land, 71,000 acres of water, 248 miles of shoreline, and nearly 35,000 acres of wetlands.
Maryland Coastal Bays Program is hoping to raise $10,000 to support the enhancement and expansion of our environmental education programs through which we:
Educate local children and families with knowledge of our bays;
Engage our community in hands-on conservation and restoration projects; and
Empower our youth to be the next generation of environmental stewards.