Cape Cod Great White Shark Research and Outreach Program
Funds will be used to establish a local effort to collect scientific data of the increased presence of Great White Sharks in Cape Cod waters and pilot a community outreach initiative to educate citizens and visitors about the sharks. In October, several Cape communities met to discuss the growing Great White Shark population and the fact that no consistent outreach efforts currently exist. The Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) conducted tagging operations for several years, and the first phase of the project is aimed at supplementing this research through the purchase, installation, and monitoring of receiver buoys that will record the presence of tagged great whites. DMF would analyze this data to identify behavioral trends, and phase two includes the design and installation of educational signs at various locations in each community. The final phase will be to design and publish informational brochures to be distributed to residents and visitors, providing specific information on sharks.
Funding Amount: $50,000
Participating entities: Towns of Orleans (Lead), Chatham, Truro, Nantucket,
Harwich, Yarmouth, Dennis, Wellfleet, Provincetown, Brewster, and Barnstable
Pioneer Valley Conservation Commissions Compact
CIC funding allowed the Commission to develop a compact to provide technical assistance the region’s communities and land trusts for land conservation, open space, and wetland protection.
Funding Amount: $132,455
Participating entities: Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
Northern Middlesex Storm Water Collaborative
This grant will allow for the formation of a regional collaborative to undertake the public education, procurement, management, administrative, and mapping tasks that are necessary for implementing municipal storm water management plans and meeting EPA requirements. The intent of the collaboration is to utilize new approaches to solve storm water problems across the region in a way that reduces costs for local governments and taxpayers, and promotes regional communication and cooperation. Reduced funding will provide for public education and outreach as well as joint procurement.
Funding Amount: $98,000
Participating entities: Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (Lead); City of Lowell; Towns of Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Westford
Regional Equipment Sharing Cooperative
These five communities have been unofficially sharing equipment for several years. After a tornado struck the area in the spring of 2011, the communities decided to develop an official system of sharing highway equipment that is necessary for all five towns. Grant funds allowed for the purchase of a sign making machine and an asphalt roller, and the development of a formal agreement.
Funding Amount: $58,000
Participating entities: Towns of Brookfield, Brimfield, East Brookfield, Warren, and West Brookfield
Regional Department of Public Facilities and Infrastructure
Expand last year’s overwhelmingly successful project of regionalizing Storm Water Management in Central Massachusetts by adding seventeen (17) new communities to the existing thirteen (13)-town collaboration, now known as the Central Massachusetts Regional Storm Water Coalition (CMRSWC). This entity was created through the collaborative efforts implemented with FY2012 Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) Grant Program funds. In addition to expanding to implement FY2012 tasks in the 17 new communities, the proposed project advances the CMRSWC by building on work done in the original 13 communities and adds new tasks that will move all 30 communities forward. The overall purpose of this multi-town initiative through the FY2012 project, and now the FY2013 project is to address common priorities as they relate to municipal storm water Management and to develop a regional approach to address the priority of protecting water quality for current users and future generations.
Amount Funded: $30,000
Participating entities: Towns of Wenham (Lead) and Hamilton; Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District
Regionalizing Municipal Storm Water Management in Central Massachusetts through Collaborative Education, Data Management, and Policy Development
New Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements can be expensive for many small communities. Working together, these towns combined resources to develop comprehensive systems to generate the necessary data and to inform the public of issues involving storm water.
Funding Amount: $310,000
Participating entities: Towns of Spencer (Lead), Auburn, Charlton, Dudley, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Oxford, Paxton, Shrewsbury, Sturbridge, Webster, and West Boylston
Shared Municipal Portable Closed Loop Pressure Wash Water Recycle System for Commercial Fishing Fleets in Harwich and Chatham
These two participating communities utilized grant funds to purchase and share, through an intermunicipal agreement, a piece of equipment to expedite the cleaning of commercial fishing boats.
Funding Amount: $25,000
Participating entities: Towns of Chatham (Lead); Harwich