EPA NEWS: Nearly $600,000 In EPA Funding For Four Pilot Watershed Projects Will Demonstrate Holistic Solutions To Common Coastal Challenges

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October 14, 2021

BOSTON (Oct. 14, 2021) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide $599,993 through EPA’s Southeast New England Program (SNEP) to support four projects that will provide benefits to portions of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Charlestown R.I., and the Buzzards Bay watershed.

The funding, part of a new SNEP Pilot Watershed Initiative, is the first installment of an expected $3,000,000 across the four projects over the next five years. The project partners are also expected to leverage an additional $1,127,380 in matching funds. These projects demonstrate how collaboration and holistic planning can help address common environmental problems in coastal southeast New England. Demonstrating watershed-scale solutions is an essential part of SNEP’s Five Year Strategic Plan . It also helps to promote safe and clean water, healthy habitats and thriving communities.

” While every community in the Southeast New England area is unique, all of the projects today will address common environmental problems that cities, towns and tribes face such as nitrogen pollution and habitat loss and excessive stormwater,” said Deborah Szaro, Acting Regional Administrator. “Developing solutions which can be demonstrated in one place and then adapted to other areas is essential to address these challenges in a forward-thinking, efficient way. It will be exciting to see the results these strong partnerships can make in their watersheds over the next few years. It will be equally exciting to see how the lessons they have learned can be applied to other communities in the entire SNEP area. “

The funding announced today will support the following four projects:

$149,998 to the Buzzards Bay Coalition to identify and prioritize sources of watershed impairments and develop solutions to address stream alteration and nutrient loading in an urbanized area of the Buttonwood Brook-Apponagansett Bay area of Massachusetts. The City of New Bedford and Dartmouth are project partners.
$149,995 to the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center to demonstrate the effectiveness of using distributed, small-scale stormwater control measures to restore hydrologic balance and address water quality and flooding issues in Tisbury, Massachusetts. The Town of Tisbury and the Martha’s Vineyard Commission are the project partners.
$150,000 to the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition to apply an innovative nature-based solution to reduce nitrogen impacts from a retired cranberry bog in Marstons Mills, Massachusetts, while also restoring habitat. The Town of Barnstable and The Nature Conservancy are the project partners.
$150,000 to the Town of Charlestown, Rhode Island to support an enhanced integrated effort to address the impacts of excess nutrients from septic systems and stormwater on Greater Allen’s Cove and Ninigret Pond, Rhode Island through installation of nitrogen reducing septic systems and nature-based stormwater solutions. The University of Rhode Island, the Salt Pond Coalition and Save the Bay are the project partners.

In 2012, Congress charged EPA with conserving and restoring southeast New England’s coastal environment, and in 2014 began providing funding to develop a Southeast New England Program (SNEP). The SNEP Watershed Grants program is designed to provide funding for local organizations working in the restoration of clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems, as well as strengthening local communities.

More information: EPA’s Southeast New England Program (SNEP), including the Five-Year Strategic Plan and Pilot Watershed Initiative https://www.epa.gov/snep

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