For Immediate Release - November 20, 2012

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES SIX GRANTS FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO PROTECT COASTAL WATER QUALITY

BOSTON – Tuesday, November 20, 2012 – Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced $400,000 in grants through the Coastal Pollution Remediation (CPR) Grant Program for projects to protect coastal waters in Massachusetts.

“These grants will help safeguard the Commonwealth’s precious beaches and coastal waterways, ensuring residents and visitors can enjoy them for years to come,” said Secretary Sullivan. “I’m pleased to award these communities funding to continue protecting public health and enhancing the quality of the state’s coastal habitats.”

Projects include local efforts to design and implement controls for runoff pollution from roadways and parking areas and for the installation of boat pumpout facilities for commercial vessels. The CPR grant recipients are the communities of Barnstable, Bourne, Duxbury, Kingston, New Bedford, and Salem. The grants are being matched by $143,466 from municipal sources – further extending the power of the grant program.

The goal of this grant program, which is administered by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), is to improve coastal water quality by reducing or eliminating nonpoint sources of pollution---the leading cause of water quality impairment in the nation. This type of pollution occurs when contaminants are picked up by rain, water, and snow melt and carried over land, in groundwater or through drainage systems to the nearest body of water.

The grant program also complements the Commonwealth’s effort to designate all Massachusetts coastal waters as a No Discharge Area (NDA), prohibiting the discharge of both treated and untreated boat sewage waste.

“This was an extremely competitive year for the CPR grant proposals, with the requests for funding tripling the money we had available,” said CZM Director Bruce Carlisle. “The grant proposals were of very high quality and we applaud the efforts of the communities to find solutions to coastal water quality problems caused by nonpoint sources, whether it is contaminated stormwater runoff or boat sewage.”   

The following projects were funded through this year’s CPR awards:

Town of Barnstable

Project: Hyannis Harbor Pumpout Station, $27,575

Match: $9,200

The town of Barnstable will survey, design and construct a boat sewage pumpout facility in Hyannis Harbor for commercial vessels. The pumpout facility will operate year round and is expected to treat well over 3,000 gallons of boat sewage in peak summer months. This project will support compliance with the South Cape and Islands No Discharge Area and improve water quality in Hyannis Harbor and Nantucket Sound.

Town of Bourne

Project: Buttermilk Way Stormwater Remediation Project, $24,013

Match: $8,005

To reduce stormwater contamination of Fisherman’s Cove and open a shellfishing area near the Buttermilk Way stormwater outfall, the town of Bourne will use this CPR grant to explore options to treat stormwater discharges into Fisherman’s Cove. Currently, a stormwater outfall pipe drains runoff containing oil, pet waste and other contaminants from a large parking lot and other paved surfaces directly into Fisherman’s Cove – resulting in closed shellfish areas. Working with the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the project will also be used to educate the public about stormwater pollution.

Town of Duxbury

Project: Bay Road Best Management Practice (BMP) Construction – Phase 2, $124,115

Match: $41,372

To improve water quality, open shellfish beds, reduce the number of days that beaches are closed to swimming and support the restoration of alewife and rainbow smelt habitat, the town of Duxbury will install three systems that will capture and filter stormwater. These systems will reduce polluted runoff flowing to Kingston Bay and the Nook, a priority area identified through an assessment funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). Duxbury has a longstanding commitment to address the sources of pollution in Duxbury Bay through a well-developed local plan. This project is part of a multiyear effort to improve stormwater management in the region and builds on work funded through previous CPR grant rounds. 

Town of Kingston

Project: Jones River Estuary BMP Design and Implementation Project – Phase I, $124,495

Match: $41,505

To reduce bacterial pollution and help prevent shellfish bed closures in the Jones River Estuary, the town of Kingston will develop final design plans to control stormwater pollution at two priority outfall locations. Through the CPR grant, the town will also secure permits for and install rain gardens and infiltration systems to capture and filter runoff. The priority outfall locations were identified through a stormwater assessment funded by the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program’s Research and Planning Grant Program. The town has also been awarded a 604(b) Planning Grant from MassDEP to support this project.  

City of New Bedford

Project: New Bedford Waterfront Commercial Boat Pumpout Facility, $58,452

Match: $19,484

With this grant, the City of New Bedford will construct a stationary boat sewage pumpout facility for commercial vessels in inner New Bedford Harbor. Illicit sewage discharges by vessels have been identified as a significant source of pathogens in the Buzzards Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report. The pumpout facility is anticipated to collect up to 3,000 gallons of boat sewage a day, service up to 500 commercial vessels stationed in the port of New Bedford and increase compliance with the Buzzards Bay No Discharge Area. The project was designed through a CPR FY 2011 grant.  

City of Salem

Project: Commercial Street, Salem’s North River Low Impact Development Retrofit Project, $41,350

Match: $23,900

To improve water quality and restore habitat important to American eel and rainbow smelt, the city of Salem will use this grant to design and implement options for reducing contaminated stormwater runoff contributing sediments, bacteria, heavy metals and other contaminants into the North River. The goal is to treat stormwater by incorporating Low Impact Development (LID) elements to retrofit existing drainage structures and by constructing landscaping islands along Commercial Street in Salem.

The Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is the agency within EEA charged with protecting Massachusetts' approximately 1,500-mile coast. Through educational and regulatory programs, CZM seeks to balance human uses of the coastal zone with the need to protect fragile marine resources. The agency's work includes helping coastal communities anticipate and plan for sea level rise and other effects of climate change, working with cities and towns and the federal government to develop boat sewage no discharge areas and partnering with communities and other organizations to restore coastal and aquatic habitats.

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