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2017 Municipal MiniGrants

Sometime in the spring of 2017, the Buzzards Bay NEP expects to announce a new request for proposals to our municipal minigrant program. The amount of funds released will depend on federal funding, which is uncertain at this time. The last request for proposals we issued was in May 2016, and grants were announced in August 2016, when the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program awarded more than $210,000 to fund seven projects to help towns in the Buzzards Bay watershed meet the goals and objectives of BBNEP's Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan. These grants were awarded to Acushnet, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester, and Wareham. Funded projects included efforts to remove an obstruction to a fish passage, permanently protect several tracks of land that serve as important habitat for rare and protected species, and help protect drinking water sources. The Buzzards Bay NEP is administered by CZM and provides funding and technical assistance to municipalities and environmental groups in their ongoing efforts to protect and restore water quality and living resources. For more information on the last grant round, see this EEA Press Release.

Buzzards Bay NEP Launches a Stormwater Website

The Buzzards Bay NEP's stormwater website is available at stormwater.buzzardsbay.org. The purpose of the website is to support the activities of the Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative. The Stormwater Collaborative currently consists of five towns (Dartmouth, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, and Wareham) that are working with the Buzzards Bay Action Committee and the NEP to map stormwater networks and monitor stormwater discharges that are contributing to shellfish bed closures and other pollution-caused impairments. This work began in the fall of 2015 when the BBAC received a $200,000 U.S. EPA Healthy Communities Grant. The Buzzards Bay NEP, which is collaborating with the BBAC on the grant, hired a new staff member to support the municipal effort. The BBAC will be hiring a stormwater specialist and interns to collect dry and wet weather stormwater samples. The work will also support municipal efforts to meet goals in their MS4 stormwater management plans. In 2017, we will be adding more information about the new MS4 permit requirements in Massachusetts. Go to stormwater.buzzardsbay.org to learn more.