(a) To acquire land and other property shown or recommended on the Watershed plan, the appropriate county governing body or its duly designated agency may apply to the Department for a grant from the local projects share of Program Open Space as provided in Title 5 of this article. The application shall conform to the requirements specified in Title 5 of this article.
(b) If funds are not available to any county named in § 8-1303 of this subtitle under Program Open Space, the Department shall include in the Department’s budget a request for funds to acquire land within the county for the purposes stated in this subtitle. The funds, when appropriated, shall be matched by the respective appropriate county governing body or its duly designated agency to acquire land or other property shown or recommended on the Watershed plan for the designated public purposes. The budget request shall itemize the Watershed land acquisition program of each county or its duly designated agency, showing total acreage proposed to be acquired during the coming fiscal year, together with an estimate of funds to be made available by each county for the acquisition.