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IN THE NEWS: Administration Announces $2 Million in Grants To Fund 11 Projects Targeting Nonpoint Source Pollution
October 19, 2010

BOSTON - Continuing the Patrick-Murray Administration's efforts to promote environmental stewardship, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today announced that 11 projects have been recommended for $2 million in funding as part of the federal fiscal year 2011 Section 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grant Program.

The projects are based in the following communities: Amesbury; Barnstable County; Braintree; Great Barrington; Lexington; Sherborn; Tewksbury; West Brookfield; and Westport; as well as the Upper Charles River area in MetroWest; and the Montachusett area of central Massachusetts.

The projects will help to protect Massachusetts' water resources by restoring and preserving watershed areas, constructing storm-water treatment systems, demonstrating innovative technologies, and educating the public on how to protect sensitive natural resources. Recipients include municipalities, county governments, regional planning agencies, and watershed groups.

"These grants will help local communities protect vital water resources and enhance environmental quality," Governor Deval Patrick said. "The Commonwealth is proud to be a partner in their efforts."

"Nonpoint source pollution threatens the health of our lakes, streams and watersheds, and degrades the quality of life for all of our residents," Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles said. "The projects announced today will make a difference in the quality of our drinking water, watersheds, coastal waters, and aquatic recreational areas."

The 319 grant program focuses on implementation of measures to control nonpoint sources (NPS) of water pollution. NPS pollution is caused by diffuse sources that are not regulated and are normally associated with precipitation and runoff from the land or infiltration into the soil. Common types of NPS pollution include phosphorus and nitrogen from lawn and garden fertilizers, bacteria from pet waste and waterfowl, oil and grease from parking lots and roadways, and sediment from construction activities and soil erosion.

"These grant awards allow us to continue to build strong coalitions with our regional and municipal partners to help control nonpoint source pollution," MassDEP Commissioner Laurie Burt said. "Many of these projects also seek to educate citizens about the dangers of nonpoint source pollution and how to eliminate it."

"This investment is critical to preserving and protecting clean water in Great Barrington," Senator Benjamin B. Downing said. "I appreciate the Administration's consistent attention to needs of western Massachusetts and their commitment to environmental stewardship."


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