For Immediate Release - February 11, 2010

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $360,000 in Grants to Prevent Coastal Water Pollution in Four Communities

BOSTON - February 11, 2010 - Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Ian Bowles today announced $336,000 in grants to help Massachusetts coastal communities improve coastal water quality by limiting polluted runoff from roads and upgrading boat waste pumpout facilities.

Recipients of this year's grants include the towns of Brewster, Duxbury, Oak Bluffs and Provincetown. Municipalities may use the funds to identify and treat stormwater pollution and reduce polluted runoff from roads and parking areas.

"These grants will help communities do the important work of protecting our coastal waters from pollution," Secretary Bowles said. "Thanks to these funds and the efforts of these four communities, the Commonwealth's shellfish beds, beaches and other tidal habitats will be cleaner for residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come."

"For these coastal communities, this program represents an opportunity to directly prevent coastal pollution and act as stewards of these vulnerable and vital habitats," said Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Zone Management Deerin Babb-Brott. "We're thrilled to be partnering with these communities to address and resolve the challenges of coastal pollution."

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.

Funded projects enhance recreational beaches, habitat for river herring, local shellfish beds and the overall health of coastal ecosystems.

"Maintaining the environmental integrity of our coastal waterways and working to prevent the pollution of these sensitive areas is extremely important," said Sen. Robert O'Leary. "Each town that received support has shown a dedication to preserving our environmental treasures on the Cape and Islands and I applaud their efforts."

"Road run-off has long been a serious issue with water quality on the Cape and can have a significant effect on the Cape's economy," said Rep. Cleon Turner. "It's good to see that CZM and Cape communities continue to partner in addressing issue."

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 the Lower North Shore coastal waters of Revere, Saugus, Lynn, Nahant and Swampscott, which was designated as an NDA in 2009. Previously designated NDAs include Cape Cod Bay; Buzzards Bay; Salem Sound; Boston Harbor; Waquoit Bay; Three Bays/Centerville Harbor in Barnstable; Chatham's Stage Harbor; Wellfleet Harbor; and the coastal waters of: Plymouth, Kingston and Duxbury; Harwich; and 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 authorize NDAs in Pleasant Bay, the Upper North Shore, Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds, and Mt. Hope Bay. Governor Patrick's goal is to make all Massachusetts coastal waters an NDA.

The 2010 winning projects include:

Brewster

Paines Creek Road South of Route 28 Stormwater Remediation Design Project

  • Grant award: $20,142
  • Local match: $9,393
  • Through this project, the town of Brewster will continue the improvements to the untreated stormwater discharges to the Stony Brook Watershed to open up the closed shellfish areas in Paines Creek, to improve coastal habitats and to improve water quality at public bathing beaches. The project follows on other CZM and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection funded improvements in this priority watershed.

 

Duxbury

Crescent Street North Stormwater Treatment Infrastructure

  • Grant award: $120,515
  • Local match: $41,407
  • With the construction of stormwater treatment infrastructure at three locations, Duxbury will complete the two year process of remediating stormwater discharges to Kingston Bay and "the Nook".

 

Provincetown

West End parking area Stormwater Treatment Infrastructure

  • Grant award: $116,419
  • Local match: $44,000
  • This project will construct stormwater treatmeant infrastructure within the West End Parking Lot to mitigate direct stormwater discharges to Provincetown Harbor, as part of a prioritized plan to improve water quality for the protection of shellfish beds in Provincetown Harbor.

 

Oak Bluffs

East Chop Drive Stormwater Management

  • Grant award: $102,924
  • Local match: $36,335
  • With the goal of protecting shellfishing in Oak Bluffs Harbor, this project will address untreated stormwater discharges into Oak Bluffs Harbor through the installation of a rain garden/modified gravel wetland system.

 

CZM plans to solicit applications for next year's grant round in August 2010.

 

Click here for more information and to obtain an application.