Patrick Administration Announces $337,000 in Grants to Prevent Coastal Water Pollution in Four Communities
Recipients of this year's grants include the towns of Barnstable, Duxbury, Plymouth and Provincetown. Municipalities may use the funds to identify and treat stormwater pollution and reduce polluted runoff from roads and parking areas.
"This program supports the Patrick Administration's ongoing efforts to protect the Bay State coastline from pollution," Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Ian Bowles said. "These efforts keep our beaches, shellfish beds and other marine habitats clean and healthy so that residents and visitors can enjoy all the Commonwealth's seashore has to offer."
"We applaud these communities for taking the initiative to address pollution at its source," said Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Zone Management Deerin Babb-Brott. "Through this important state-local partnership, these towns identified critical coastal pollution problems and plan to use the funding to resolve them."
The Coastal Pollution Remediation Grant Program, which is aimed at improving coastal water quality by reducing or eliminating nonpoint source pollution, is administered by EEA's Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Nonpoint source pollution, the leading cause of water quality impairment in the nation, occurs when contaminants are picked up by rain water and snow melt and carried over land, in groundwater, or through drainage systems to coastal waters, rivers, wetlands and groundwater.
"These projects are important to the environment and community development," said Senate President Therese Murray. "By reducing or eliminating nonpoint source pollution, we are protecting our coastline and making our coastal waters more environmentally sound for both recreational purposes and our fishing industry."
Funded projects enhance recreational beaches, habitat for river herring, local shellfish beds and the overall health of coastal ecosystems.
"Protecting our coastal waters and the important role they play as part of our delicate ecosystems here on the Cape is a huge priority for me," Senator Robert O'Leary said. "I am thrilled to see these towns awarded funding to maintain water quality here on the Cape."
"Stormwater runoff from paved surfaces can contain motor oil, gasoline, and other environmental contaminants," Senator Robert Hedlund said. "This grant money will help the town of Duxbury eliminate some of the pollution that has contributed to the long-standing environmental problems within Kingston Bay."
"It is great to see such a worthy program implemented in my district," said Plymouth Representative Viriato "Vinny" deMacedo.
"I am delighted that these communities will receive funds for improving coastal water quality," said Representative Tom Calter. "It is our responsibility to continue to protect our natural resources for future generations to enjoy."
Municipalities may use grants for the design and construction of stormwater management projects along roadways, parking lots or other paved surfaces. Grants may also be used for the design, installation and upgrade of boat waste pumpout facilities, which are prerequisites for communities to apply for No Discharge Area (NDA) designation. NDAs are coastal waters where the discharge of boat sewage, whether treated or not, is prohibited.
Massachusetts has 13 NDAs, including four designated in 2008: Cape Cod Bay, Boston Harbor, Salem Sound and the Upper South Shore. The Lower North Shore was designated as an NDA in 2009. Previously designated NDAs include the coastal waters of Plymouth, Kingston, and Duxbury; Buzzards Bay; Waquoit Bay in Falmouth; the coastal waters of Harwich; Three Bays/Centerville Harbor in Barnstable; Chatham's Stage Harbor; Wellfleet Harbor; and the coastal waters of Nantucket from Muskeget Island to Great Point.
A body of water can be designated an NDA if local, state and federal authorities determine the area is ecologically and recreationally important enough to merit protection above and beyond that provided by state and federal laws.
CZM is currently working with communities and other partners to plan NDAs in Nantucket Sound, Mt. Hope Bay and the Upper North Shore, with the ultimate goal of making all Massachusetts coastal waters an NDA.
The towns of Brewster, Bourne, Cohasset, Dennis, Duxbury, Provincetown and Weymouth received Coastal Pollution Remediation Grants in fiscal year 2008. The 2009 winning projects include:
Stormwater Pollution Prevention at Cordwood Landing
- Grant award: $76,895
- Local match: $43,392
- This project will address direct, untreated stormwater discharges into Cotuit Bay at Cordwood landing through the installation of a gravel wetland at the intersection of Old Post Road and Cordwood Road. The stormwater treatment control technologies will remediate pollution of an active bathing beach and historic shellfish beds.
Crescent Street Stormwater Control Construction
- Grant award: $114,962
- Local match: $38,321
- This project will install four stormwater treatment control technologies on Crescent Street to mitigate pollution of "The Nook" in Kingston Bay, which is impaired by bacterial contamination. This project is the third phase of a comprehensive stormwater mitigation effort with the goal of upgrading "prohibited" and "conditionally approved" shellfish beds in Kingston Bay. The effort is guided by a CZM-funded stormwater assessment completed in 2006.
Town Brook Stormwater Remediation
- Grant award: $125,000
- Local match: $95,951
- Through this project, the Town of Plymouth will construct two bio-retention facilities within a municipally-owned parking lot, which will result in significant water quality improvements to both Town Brook and Plymouth Harbor. The project follows on a recent assessment report that outlined stormwater management priorities for the brook, and includes the reduction of pollution sources through the installation of porous pavement.
Provincetown Harbor Stormwater Mitigation Phase III - West End Parking Lot
- Grant award: $20,480
- Local match: $6,847
- A stormwater mitigation assessment was completed by Plymouth in 2003 as part of a previous award through this grant program. This assessment identified priority stormwater mitigation sites in Provincetown based on discharge volume, concentrations of indicator bacteria and other nonpoint source pollution indicators. Through this project, Provincetown will design stormwater treatment control technologies for one of the priority mitigation areas, the West End Parking Lot.
CZM plans to solicit applications for next year's grant round in August 2009.
For more information and to obtain an application, visit www.mass.gov/czm/cprgp.htm.