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Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program

Fall 2008 Municipal Grants Awards

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Background and summary

In the fall of 2008, as part of our federal grant, the Buzzards Bay NEP requested proposals from Buzzards Bay municipalities for projects to protect and restore water quality and living resources in Buzzards Bay and its surrounding watershed. Through the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management office and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the BBNEP announced the award of $131,000 in grants to seven Buzzards Bay watershed municipalities. Read this EEA municipal grant press release to learn more.

A summary of the awards are as follows:

The request for grant proposals is still posted on the state procurement website Comm-Pass (search "Buzzards"). Purpose of the RFR: "The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), through the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program in the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), announces that funding is available to assist eligible Buzzards Bay watershed municipalities in the protection of open space, rare and endangered species habitat, and freshwater and saltwater wetlands; to help restore tidally restricted salt marshes, to develop designs and remediate stormwater discharges threatening water quality, to provide support for mapping stormwater drainage networks, to construct pump-out facilities, to update town parcel data, to digitize wetland boundaries approved in permits, to assist in the monitoring of water quality to prioritize stormwater remediation, to address problems in migratory fish passage, and to implement other recommendations contained in the watershed management plan for Buzzards Bay. This work is being conducted in accordance with a Cooperative Agreement with the US EPA using federal funds and state funds recently provided by the legislature."

Read the cover letter to the municipalities.

Eligible Respondents to our Grant Programs

Unless otherwise specified in an RFR, eligible municipalities include Fall River, Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Marion, Wareham, Middleborough, Carver, Plymouth, Bourne, Falmouth, and Gosnold. However, specific restoration and protection projects must lie principally within the Buzzards Bay watershed. For participation in the stormwater program, the discharge must be contributing to an existing impairment.

Click on the link Other Funding Opportunities for funding opportunities in other agency programs.