Southeast New England Program
2018 Watershed Grants Award $4.5 Million to Local Partnerships
Read the combined press release here.
To help restore clean water and healthy ecosystems to Southeast New England, RAE, with financial support from the EPA announced $4.5 million in new funding for local partnerships working to solve high-priority problems such as water pollution and habitat degradation through the SNEP Watershed Grants.
RAE selected 14 grant recipients out of 60 applicants who submitted a total of $20 million in project proposals. The awardees include municipalities, non-profit organizations, state agencies, universities and regional planning organizations, each of which is leading an innovative, high-impact project of regional importance. The $4.5 million in federal funds will be matched by an additional $1.8 million in state and local dollars – providing altogether more than $6.3 million in new funding to protect and restore Southeast New England’s environment.
The 2018 SNEP Watershed Grants are providing more than $2 million for critically important projects in Rhode Island, including:
- Town of Bristol to restore Silver Creek on Bristol Harbor through wetland restoration adjacent to a municipal golf course ($300,000);
- City of Pawtucket to build a “green and complete street” – integrating clean water, transportation improvements, and urban redevelopment – adjacent to a new rail station ($376,000);
- RI Dept. of Environmental Management (RIDEM) to upgrade environmental monitoring equipment in Narragansett Bay ($300,000);
- Save The Bay to restore clean water in Hundred Acre Cove in Upper Narragansett Bay ($132,000);
- University of Rhode Island for a scientific study of groundwater pollution to Narragansett Bay and the South Shore salt ponds ($475,000); and
- RIDEM to work with the State of Connecticut on restoring the Pawcatuck River Estuary and Little Narragansett Bay ($450,000).
In Massachusetts, the grants are funding more than $2.1 million in high-priority projects, including:
- Association to Preserve Cape Cod to restore water quality in the Three Bays estuary in Barnstable through an innovative watershed management program ($350,000);
- Buzzards Bay Coalition to reduce nitrogen pollution to Upper Buzzards Bay and foster economic development by leading a project to expand the capacity of the Wareham wastewater treatment facility ($419,000);
- Cape Cod Commission to develop a Cape-wide water quality database and management system, to support clean water restoration efforts by federal, state and local organizations ($400,000);
- Falmouth Rod & Gun Club to restore native wetland habitat in a former cranberry bog while restoring brook trout habitat in Falmouth and Mashpee ($450,000);
- Martha’s Vineyard Commission to install and test an innovative new technology for reducing groundwater pollution to Lagoon Pond on Martha’s Vineyard ($250,000); and
- Pleasant Bay Alliance to restore water quality in Cape Cod’s largest estuary by leading a coordinated program among the Towns of Brewster, Chatham, Harwich and Orleans ($250,000).
In addition, 2018 SNEP Watershed Grants are funding $350,000 in interstate projects:
- New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission to develop a new method of assessing coastal water quality, providing an important new tool for state and local clean water restoration efforts ($250,000); and
- Southeast Regional Planning & Economic Development District to continue leading the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network, a collaboration among communities working to preserve and restore the Taunton River watershed through stormwater management and other actions ($100,000).
The grants were announced in September at events at Pawtucket City Hall in Pawtucket, RI, and Mass. Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, MA. The Rhode Island event featured Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse; Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline; EPA Regional Administrator Alexandra Dunn; and RIDEM Director Janet Coit. The Massachusetts event featured Congressman Bill Keating; Regional Administrator Dunn; Deputy Commissioner Gary Moran of the Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection; and Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, President of Mass. Maritime Academy.