For Immediate Release - December 07, 2016

MassDEP to Host Meeting for Potential Habitat Projects to Repair Injured Natural Resources in the Mill River Watershed of Taunton

Presentation Set for 7 p.m., December 12 at Southeast Planning Office at 88 Broadway

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will host a public meeting and make a presentation to potential grant applicants seeking funding for projects that will help to restore injured natural resources in the Mill River watershed in Taunton. The meeting will be held on Monday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at the Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District, 88 Broadway, Taunton.

MassDEP’s Natural Resources Damages (NRD) Assessment and Restoration Program will issue a Mill River grant application on December 19, but the agency strongly encourages potential applicants to attend the public meeting to discuss and refine any project ideas first.

A total of $213,044 is available for habitat restoration projects. The Massachusetts NRD Trust received the funds from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the case of Reed and Barton Corp. for natural resources injured, destroyed or lost by the release of hazardous materials that impacted the Mill River in Taunton.

Proposed projects must restore natural resources that were injured by this hazardous materials release, which included the aquatic habitats of the Mill River. Restoration projects may include improvements in and along the Mill River that address the degradation of riverine habitats and result in meeting water quality standards, restoring beneficial uses or restoring biota. Projects may include components to improve community capacity for sustaining ecosystems through ongoing stewardship.

A Taunton River Watershed Water Quality Assessment Report and further information on this program are available here

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

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