SNEP Watershed Grants
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For 2019, RAE selected 13 grant recipients in Rhode Island and Massachusetts through a rigorous competitive process. The awardees include municipalities, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions, each of which is leading an innovative, high-impact project of regional importance. The $2.3 million in federal funding for the region will be matched by an additional $800,000 in state and local dollars – providing, in total, more than $3.1 million in funds to protect and restore Southeast New England’s environment.
Rhode Island Projects
1. Audubon Society of RI | Providence Stormwater Innovation Center | $177,534
A partnership between ASRI, City of Providence, and the RI Green Infrastructure Coalition to create a regional center for stormwater innovation at Roger Williams Park in Providence. The Center will develop technology, undertake research, and provide training to municipalities and others to foster better stormwater management throughout the SNEP region.
2. City of Cranston | Green Infrastructure at Spectacle Pond | $187,500
Planning, implementation and outreach to help restore clean water to Spectacle Pond, Roger Williams Park, and the Pawtuxet River system. Partner: Save The Bay.
3. Groundwork RI | Green Infrastructure Training & Employment | $198,891
Install stormwater improvements in Providence while providing job training for urban youth. Partners: City of Providence and other non-profit organizations.
4. City of Newport | Non-Structural Stormwater Approaches | $108,750
An innovative approach to reducing urban stormwater by providing incentives to private property owners. Partner: Aquidneck Island Planning Commission.
5. Northern Rhode Island Conservation District | Healthy Farm, Healthy Watershed | $113,976
Establish a manure management program for small farmers in the Scituate Reservoir watershed, reducing pollution to Providence’s principal source of drinking water. Partners include the Providence Water Supply Board and University of Rhode Island.
6. Town of Warren | Right-of-Way Restoration | $25,000
Install innovative stormwater practices on waterfront streets to reduce pollution to Narragansett Bay. Partner: Save The Bay.
7. Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council | Greening the Greenway | $245,000
Install stormwater practices along the Woonasquatucket River Greenway, reducing pollution to the Providence River and Narragansett Bay while providing job training through WRWC’s River Rangers program. Partners: RI Dept. of Transportation and Farm Fresh Rhode Island.
8. Association to Preserve Cape Cod | Three Bays Stormwater | $245,000
This grant continues funding provided by SNEP Watershed Grants in 2018, and will support the design and installation of stormwater management practices to restore clean water to three estuaries in Barnstable. Partners: Town of Barnstable, Barnstable Clean Water Coalition, Cotuit Public Library and others.
9. Buzzards Bay Coalition | Promoting Salt Marsh Resilience | $223,533
Undertake research to better understand causes and trends of marsh loss on Buzzards Bay; pilot and test management measures to save salt marshes. Partners: Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, Woods Hole Research Center, Save The Bay, US Geological Survey, Bristol County Mosquito Control.
10. Falmouth Rod & Gun Club | Upper Childs River & Bog Restoration | $245,000
This grant continues funding provided by SNEP Watershed Grants in 2018 for an innovative project to restore natural wetlands and trout habitat in three abandoned cranberry bogs in Falmouth. Partners: Association to Preserve Cape Cod, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Commonwealth of MA, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Woods Hole Research Center.
11. Mass. Maritime Academy | Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative | $176,581
This grant supports a new and important partnership between MMA and eight Buzzards Bay municipalities. Students will support communities in stormwater compliance, integrated with a new MMA curriculum. Partners: Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, Commonwealth of MA, and the municipalities of Bourne, Wareham, Marion, Mattapoisett, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Dartmouth and Westport.
12. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | Permeable Reactive Barriers | $298,598
Research and testing of an innovative technology to reduce nitrogen pollution by intercepting groundwater as it flows into coastal waters. Partners: Town of Falmouth, Cape Cod Commission.
13. Buzzards Bay Coalition | Prevent Nutrient Pollution from Composting | $27,695
Assist communities in reducing nutrient pollution to coastal waters from new composting facilities recently required by Massachusetts law. Partner: Town of Dartmouth.