BOSTON (WPRI) — Aquidneck Island, Charlestown, and UMass-Dartmouth are among those benefiting from more than $4 million in grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), destined for programs throughout Southeastern New England to monitor, maintain and improve watersheds.
As water collects across the lands of Rhode Island and Massachusetts — from rain or melting snow and ice — it proceeds down watersheds, or drainage basins, that include the Narragansett Bay Watershed, coastal watersheds in Charlestown, in Buzzards Bay and on Cape Cod, collecting in rivers, lakes, reservoirs, oceans or wetlands.
The grants were announced by the EPA Friday along with the Massachusetts and Rhode Island congressional delegations. Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and led efforts to the regional watershed preservation programs, according to the EPA news release.
The eight projects identify, test and promote new approaches for managing nutrients and septic systems, resisting climate change, and other planning and monitoring of water systems.
“This is a collaborative effort, based upon good science, and it’s going to be a huge benefit to the future of our communities, particularly the Bay,” said Reed.
|Aquidneck Island Planning Commission||Aquidneck Island Water Quality Initiative||$996,820|
|Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment; Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center||Assessment of Non-Proprietary Passive Nitrogen Removing Septic Systems||$728,511|
|Association to Preserve Cape Cod||Assessment of Non-Proprietary Passive Nitrogen Removing Septic Systems||$472,574|
|Massachusetts Audobon Society||Integrating Ecosystem Services Functions and Values into Land-Use Decision Making in the Narragansett Bay Watershed||$560,636|
|Town of Charlestown, RI||Charlestown Coastal Watershed Protection and Restoration Program||$674,201|
|The Ecosystem Center Marine Biological Laboratory||Assessing Climate Effects on Watershed and Stormwater Nitrogen Loading and Vulnerabilities in Meeting TMDLs in Buzzards Bay and Cape Cod||$402,461|
|Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah||Tribal Common Lands Ecological Enhancements and Resiliency Project||$275,790|
|The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth School for Marine Science and
|Quantifying Potential for Oyster Agriculture and Impacts on Estuarine Nitrogen-Related Water Quality||$525,967|