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April 14, 2000
Contact: Dr. Joe Costa


Buzzards Bay NEP awards $96,000 to treat stormwater, reopen shellfish beds

Wareham--The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program announced that it awarded $16,000 grants to six Buzzards Bay municipalities to develop engineering designs to treat stormwater discharges contributing to shellfish bed or swimming beach closures. Towns receiving the awards were Westport, Dartmouth, Marion, Wareham, Bourne, and Falmouth.

These awards were part of a $138,000 grant received by the Buzzards Bay NEP from the Massachusetts Highway Department and Massachusetts Environmental Trust. These funds are supporting the grant program and the development an atlas of coastal stormwater discharges and their contributing street stormwater catch basins in selected Buzzards Bay towns. This Atlas of Buzzards Bay Stormwater Discharges, scheduled to be released this summer, will inventory stormwater discharges, catchment basins and drainage areas near shore, and evaluate these drainage areas and their impact on shellfish beds and swimming beaches.

According to Buzzards Bay NEP Director, Dr. Joe Costa, "obtaining funds from town meeting to pay for engineering designs is one of the major obstacles in getting stormwater treatment projects off the ground. These modest grants will enable a town to prepare engineering designs for one of their top priority sites. These designs, in turn, will help the towns obtain additional grant funds from other state and federal grant programs where completed engineering designs are required for application."

The Towns are providing a 25% match of the total project cost through cash contributions or in-kind services. More information on this and other grant initiatives can be found on the Buzzards Bay NEP website