Fiscal Year 2015

  • Clean River Project, Inc. (Methuen) – $25,000 to remove large debris such as automobiles and tires from the Merrimack River.
  • Charles River Watershed Association (Weston) – $34,000 to improve Charles River water quality testing and public notification.
  • Housatonic Valley Association (Lee) – $15,911 to design and install stormwater vegetative buffers to reduce roadway runoff into Churchill Brook in Pittsfield.
  • Ipswich River Watershed Association (Ipswich) – $30,000 to support the engineering/design phase of the removal of the South Middleton Dam on the Ipswich River.
  • MassAudubon (Lincoln) – $50,000 to develop a sustainable management plan for the Horseshoe Crab harvest in Wellfleet.
  • Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (Provincetown) – $45,000 to investigate if pharmaceuticals from wastewater are bioaccumulating in marine plants and animals.
  • Save the Bay (Providence, RI) – $49,374 to install a fishway at the Draka Dam on the Three Mile River in Taunton.
  • Silent Spring Institute (Newton) – $40,000 to investigate how perfluorinated chemicals leach from consumer products into domestic wastewater and the Cape Cod Aquifer.
  • Town of Amherst – $36,100 to study the contamination of Fearing Brook, and to develop and begin to implement remedial strategies to improve the water quality of the brook.
  • Town of Great Barrington – $30,000 to study water quality in Lake Mansfield.
  • Town of Plymouth – $38,854 to comprehensively track overall water quality during one summer in 35 Great Ponds.
  • Trout Unlimited, Southeast Massachusetts Chapter - $20,000 to support fish passage and ecological restoration at Century Bog in Wareham.
  • Westport River Watershed Association – $15,000 to identify sources of fecal coliform pollution in the West Branch of the Westport River.

Fiscal Year 2014

  • Association to Preserve Cape Cod (Barnstable)  $80,000 to conduct a study of the effect of sea level rise on Cape Cod’s Monomoy and Sagamore groundwater lenses.
  • City of Fall River  $50,000 to remove the Rattlesnake Brook Dam (a.k.a. Bleachery Dam) in Freetown.
  • Conservation Law Foundation (Boston)  $40,000 to provide fish consumption information and warnings for the lower Mystic River.
  • Deerfield River Watershed Association (Greenfield)  $24,896 to conduct a comprehensive ecological assessment of the Deerfield River.
  • Friends of Herring River (Wellfleet)  $50,000 to perform preliminary engineering design and opinion of construction cost for replacement of the Chequesset Neck Road dike and culvert in Wellfleet as part of an 800-acre estuary restoration.
  • Nashua River Watershed Association (Groton)  $35,173 to partner with law enforcement and medical providers to encourage proper disposal of pharmaceuticals.
  • The Nature Conservancy (Taunton)  $50,000 towards the removal of the West Britannia dam in Taunton. This is the third of three dams to be removed on the Mill River.
  • Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (Provincetown)  $46,500 to continue and expand a water quality testing and monitoring program for Nantucket Sound, including testing for pharmaceutical compounds.
  • Silent Spring Institute (Newton)  $50,000 to estimate inputs of emerging contaminants, including hormones, pharmaceuticals and consumer product chemicals, to the Cape Cod aquifer and evaluate how these inputs would change under proposed alternative wastewater scenarios.
  • South Shore YMCA (Hanover)  $50,000 to remove a failed dam on Third Herring Brook in Hanover and restore a portion of the river.
  • Town of Falmouth – $55,000 for engineering and plans to remove Lower Bog Dam, restore a portion of the Coonamesset River and restore 17 acres of abutting land.
  • Town of Oak Bluffs  $50,000 for engineering and permitting for an improved opening between Farm Pond and Nantucket Sound. The larger opening will improve water quality and enhance shellfish beds.

Fiscal Year 2013

  • Blackstone River Coalition (Worcester) – $17,500 to launch the Worcester Storm (water) Chasers – an outreach campaign to reduce stormwater volume and pollutants discharging to Worcester waterways and increase groundwater recharge.
  • Center for Ecosystem Restoration (Andover) – $50,000 to complete permitting and final engineering for removal of the Balmoral and Marland Place Dams on the Shawsheen River.
  • Groundwork Lawrence (Lawrence) – $35,000 to restore instream habitat along the Spicket River.
  • Housatonic Valley Association (Lee) – $36,393 to conduct an assessment project to monitor and analyze the health of the watershed.
  • Ipswich River Watershed Association (Ipswich) – $25,850 to perform an inventory, mapping, summary and preliminary analysis of road-stream crossings in the watersheds of the Parker, Ipswich and Essex Rivers to assess aquatic habitat connectivity.
  • Jones River Watershed Association (Kingston) – $40,152 to conduct preliminary design for anadromous fish passage from the Jones River into Silver Lake. Forge Pond Dam remains as the only structural obstacle to anadromous fish accessing the high quality spawning habitat of Silver Lake.
  • Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust (Lowell) – $10,000 to establish a new school-based water resources education program with the Daley Middle School.
  • Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (Belmont) – $70,000 to perform a comprehensive review and update of the Environmental Handbook for Massachusetts Conservation Commissioners. This update will make the resource available as an interactive, web-based E-Handbook.
  • North and South Rivers Watershed Association (Norwell) – $22,000 for preliminary design and engineering for removal of the Tack Factory Pond dam in Hanover. This is the first dam in the Third Herring Brook system, a 5.5 mile long tributary to the North River estuary.
  • OARS, Inc. (Concord) – $20,768 to assess and protect brook trout habitat in the four Sudbury River tributary streams known to have wild brook trout populations.
  • Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (Provincetown) – $23,801 over 12 months to establish a new water quality testing and monitoring program for Nantucket Sound, including testing for pharmaceutical compounds.
  • Salem Sound Coast Watch (Salem) – $50,000 to monitor and evaluate marine, estuarine and freshwater systems of Salem Harbor over a 2-year period to understand the impact of phytoplankton, stormwater non-point source pollution and boating activity on water clarity and the decline of eelgrass.
  • Salem State University (Salem) – $17,544 to develop tools to monitor the impact of road salt application on freshwater resources.
  • Saugus River Watershed Council (Saugus) – $60,000 to create and implement Climate Change Adaptation/Mitigation Plans aimed at protecting watershed resources in the five largest watershed communities — Lynn, Revere, Saugus, Wakefield and Lynnfield.  SRWC will promote local implementation of strategies in the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report.
  • Thompson Island Outward Bound Center, Inc. (Boston) – $20,000 to operate the Connections program, which provides Boston middle school students with environmental education and visits to Boston Harbor Islands National Park.


This information is provided by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.

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