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Spring 2015 Awards in the Buzzards Bay Watershed Municipal Minigrant Program

Municipal Grants Totaling $40,000 Awarded

In this special limited spring grant round of the Buzzards Bay municipal minigrant program, grant was awarded to the Town of ________. Read this Newspaper Article about the award.

March 2015 Municipal Minigrant Solicitation

The Buzzards Bay NEP, through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), made available $40,000 in federal funds as part of the Buzzards Bay municipal minigrant program. The funds, provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under our cooperative agreement, represent unspent money from last year's grant. Because of reduced funding, and to compliment exclusions of the 2014 SNEP grants, the grant round was limited to wetland and habitat protection and restoration. The Buzzards Bay NEP posted a grant request for proposal solicitation as part of our municipal minigrant program on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' system, (here is a pdf version of the solicitation). Applications were due by 4 PM, Monday, May 11, 2015. After submissions, the grant review committee met and made recommendations on the projects. Grant awards announcements are expected in June.

Grant Announcement: Baker-Polito Administration Announces $40,000 for Land Protection in Mattapoisett

BOSTON - June 1, 2015 - Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today announced $40,000 in federal grant money to help the Town of Mattapoisett protect important riverfront land containing critical habitat and drinking water resources in the Buzzards Bay watershed. The grant, which is funded through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is being matched by $60,000 in municipal and private contributions.

This funding is provided through the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program’s Municipal Mini-Grant Program, which funds projects that permanently protect or restore wetlands and open space for habitat, wildlife and water quality protection, as well as to promote conservation and passive recreation.

"Working with local communities to protect critical resources important to both people and the environment is our primary goal," said Secretary Matthew Beaton. "And this grant to Mattapoisett clearly does that by directly protecting an important municipal water supply, while also protecting riverfront land, habitat for endangered species, and promoting public access to a beautiful waterfrontpreserving the land for public benefit."

"Through this grant program, the state directly channels federal resources to support on-the-ground action at the local level," said Bruce Carlisle, Director of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. "We thank EPA for their continued financial support and applaud Mattapoisett for their efforts to protect meet their local goals to conserve land to protect water quality, habitat, and enhance outdoor recreational opportunities for their residents and habitat while promoting public access to the waterfront."

"Our program works closely withWe applaud the continuing efforts by the four towns that manage and protect the Mattapoisett River Valley aquifer Buzzards Bay communities to protect the natural resources that are essential to the quality of life of the region," said Joe Costa, Executive Director of the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program. "Thanks to this EPA funding, This grant to the Town of Mattapoisett Mattapoisett now has the financial support they need to prbuilds uponotect t the previous work to not only protect drinking water, but also his beautiful pprotect iece of environmentally important habitat and wetlandsland."

The Town of Mattapoisett will use the funding to purchase and permanently protect 21.9 acres in the Mattapoisett River aquifer. The entire property lies within a state drinking-water protection zone that provides drinking water to the towns of Mattapoisett, MarionMarion, and Fairhaven. This project is part of a larger regional effort to protect land in the Mattapoisett River Valley, which provides drinking water to four surrounding municipalities. The Mattapoisett Water and Sewer Department will acquire the property, which abuts an existing drinking water well site. It also contains Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program critical natural landscapes and habitat for rare endangered species, as well as 3,710 feet of direct frontage on the Mattapoisett River that includes important wetland and forest habitat. The Mattapoisett River also has the largest river herring population in Buzzards Bay.

Created in 1985, the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (NEP) provides grants and technical assistance to South Coast and Cape Cod communities to protect and restore water quality and natural resources in Buzzards Bay and its surrounding watershed and is one of 28 similar programs designated by the EPA. This NEP is administered by the state’s Office of Coastal Zone Management, which is EEA’s lead policy and planning agency on coastal and ocean issues.

Questions Received and Responses to the March 2015 Municipal Grant Round

The Regional Planner Sarah Williams received only this one question about this Solicitation. The answer was for clarification purposes only and did not constitute an amendment to the Solicitation.

QUESTION 1: What is the maximum amount a single grant proposal may request?

RESPONSE TO QUESTION 1: The maximum request amount is $40,000.