By Tom Ardito, Director, SNEP Watershed Grants
Southeast New England’s coastal environment has never been more important. In a time of quarantine and social distancing, careful outdoor recreation is one of the few safe sources of enjoyment and exercise for families and individuals of all ages, while the business activity generated by a clean coastal environment – from fishing to boat building to, when it returns, coastal tourism – will be key to rebuilding our pandemic-battered economy.
Thanks to the support of Congress, Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are awarding $1.8 million in new funding to local organizations working for clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems in Southeast New England in 2020.
Join us for a live grant announcement Zoom at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26th. We are requesting all attendees register prior to the event using the link below:
The event will begin with a speaking program featuring Senator Jack Reed, EPA Region 1 Administrator Dennis Deziel and other congressional and environmental leaders, and will honor eleven grantees in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Grantees for 2020 include the City of Providence and other municipalities, Mt. Holyoke College and other academic institutions, Rhode Island’s Division of Marine Fisheries, and several non-profit organizations, including the Buzzards Bay Coalition.
Funding is provided by EPA under the 2020 Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Watershed Grants, a collaboration between RAE and EPA Region 1. The grant program builds and supports partnerships that tackle the region’s most pressing environmental issues, such as nutrient pollution and coastal habitat loss.
Map of projects funded by SNEP since 2014
By funding locally based partnerships that are working to reduce pollution and restore coastal habitats, the SNEP Watershed Grants program is helping to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for Southeast New England communities. For more about EPA’s Southeast New England Program and SNEP Watershed Grants visit www.epa.gov/snecwrp. For a list of past grantees visit www.snepgrants.org. The announcements will also be streamed live on Restore America’s Estuaries Facebook page.