“This substantial grant will provide the Town of Dedham, which has been at the forefront of environmental concerns, the opportunity address and develop best management practices for nature's most valuable resource,” Representative Paul McMurtry said.
The Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Watershed Action Plans are developed in partnership between state, federal and local levels to identify environmental issues, prevent pollution, and protect or restore environmental quality, while targeting limited resources to where the most environmental benefit can be achieved with available funding.
Qualified proposals were selected on a competitive basis and grant recipients include municipalities and regional planning commissions. Funding for the projects will be available this summer. The projects awarded grants this year are:
Fluvial Geomorphic and Habitat Assessment of the South River Watershed – $74,900
Franklin Regional Council of Governments (Ashfield/Conway)
This project will provide information on the causes of erosion, channel instability and habitat degradation of the South River and provide conceptual restoration designs for the highest priority restoration sites.
Bellingham Sub-watershed Stormwater Restoration Planning – $45,090
Town of Bellingham
This project will prepare a sub-watershed restoration plan to address nonpoint source pollution problems and restore water function in a portion of Bellingham that lies within the Charles River watershed. Opportunities for both on-site and regional stormwater management approaches, especially techniques that use green infrastructure and Low Impact Development (LID) techniques, will be identified, various restoration design options evaluated, and costs and pollution reduction potential estimated. A priority list of projects which would bring the most benefit at the least cost, and which appear to have the fewest site constraints will be prepared.
Dedham Best Management Practices Development Project – $37,000
Town of Dedham
This project willidentify suitable sites for retrofitting with structural and non-structural stormwater best management practices (BMPs) using a Low Impact Development (LID) approach to address pathogens and other pollutants of concern. Conceptual designs and cost estimates will be developed for BMPs at three or more sites. The project will utilize a methodology for identifying and prioritizing BMP retrofit opportunities that is currently employed on two existing 604b projects in Sharon and Canton respectively.
Knob Hill Stormwater Planning – $10,700
Town of Great Barrington
This project willdevelop preliminary designs and cost estimates for Best Management Practices (BMPs) to manage the nonpoint source pollution that originates from Knob Hill into Lake Mansfield. The plans and estimates developed will provide the basis for a future Chapter 319 grant application for funds to implement and manage these BMPs.
Stormwater Assessment and Stormwater Retrofit Plan – $35,240
City of Peabody
This project will conducta stormwater retrofit assessment and develop conceptual design plans to improve altered hydrology in the city. This project aims to identify, evaluate, and prioritize structural and non-structural best management practices (BMPs) to control nonpoint source pollution problems and ultimately improve water quality and attenuate stormwater runoff conditions in the North River watershed.
Strategic Fish Tissue Monitoring Survey to Assess Mercury Impairments – $75,783
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (statewide)
This project will conduct a comprehensive regional fish tissue monitoring survey to assess the status of mercury impairments in the region and the impacts of mercury reduction activities. NEIWPCC will coordinate the design and development of a regional approach to fish tissue monitoring with other New England states and coordinate this effort with the on-going Massachusetts monitoring plan and existing database. The results will support the re-evaluation of the Northeast Regional Mercury Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).
MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.