- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Grants to Support Local Water Quality Management Efforts
Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $220,000 in federal grants to six projects across the Commonwealth to assess watershed pollution and plan for work to address water quality impairments. The projects, selected by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), are based in Bourne, Dennis, Everett, Medfield, Monterey and Springfield.
“Preservation of the Commonwealth’s watersheds is crucial for natural resources, local economies and the quality of life of residents,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These grants will help local officials identify problem areas and implement comprehensive plans to ensure that watersheds and waterways are safe and healthy for all to enjoy.”
“Massachusetts has long supported its watersheds and waterways as a community asset,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We’re pleased to offer this support to communities and regional organizations that want to collect information to help them assess and manage these vital natural resources.”
The grants are funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through Section 604(b) of the federal Clean Water Act. Since 1998, MassDEP has funded 109 projects under the 604(b) Water Quality Management Planning program, totaling more than $5 million to address nonpoint source pollution problems.
“Watersheds and waterways can be contaminated by bacteria and nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus, severely impacting the quality of life in our communities,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “These grants will help communities assess the problem and come up with commonsense solutions.”
“We are pleased to support communities as they work to protect and restore their local water resources,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “This year’s investment will help communities collect watershed data, develop green infrastructure plans, build local capacity through a green infrastructure training program and fund local efforts to improve water quality.”
The term “nonpoint source pollution” refers to contaminants that are carried to a waterway due to precipitation and stormwater runoff from the land or infiltration into the soil. Common types of nonpoint source pollution include phosphorus and nitrogen from lawn and garden fertilizers, bacteria from pet waste and waterfowl, oil and grease from parking lots and roadways and sediment from construction activities and soil erosion.
The projects receiving funding are:
Modeling in Red Brook Harbor to Support Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Development – $48,344
Town of Bourne
The town will estimate sub-watershed nitrogen loads that will be incorporated into a water quality model of the Red Brook Harbor system to develop nitrogen load reduction goals.
Dennis Impaired Waters Best Management Practices (BMP) Assessment – $45,276
Town of Dennis
The town will identify, prioritize and inspect town-owned property that contributes stormwater runoff to the Bass River and Swan Pond River systems for suitable locations for implementing structural stormwater BMPs. The project will result in three conceptual design plans, one of which will be advanced to a final design plan to be used for future construction.
Mystic Infiltration Trench Siting and Design Project – $40,450
City of Everett
The city will advance design plans for the eventual installation of approximately 250 street infiltration trench Best Management Practices through eight municipalities within the Mystic River Watershed.
Town of Medfield Stormwater Retrofit Evaluation Project – $36,030
Town of Medfield
The town will identify, prioritize and inspect town-owned property suitable for retrofitting structural stormwater Best Management Practices. The project will result in 25 percent design plans for the top three sites.
Development of Preliminary Designs and Implementation Plans to Reduce Phosphorus Loading in Lake Garfield – $8,500
Town of Monterey
The town will prepare preliminary designs to install stormwater Best Management Practices to reduce phosphorus contributions to Lake Garfield.
Improving Water Quality Through Green Infrastructure Capacity Building – $41,400
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC)
PVPC will prepare five to seven readily implementable stormwater Best Management Practice designs, with the focus on green infrastructure. The project also offers a 35-to-40-hour green infrastructure certificate-training program for 20 municipalities and 10 technical community college students to increase the green infrastructure knowledge base and interest within the region.
“I would like to thank Governor Baker, and Commissioner Suuberg, for awarding the Town of Medfield $36,030 in grant funding,” said State Senator Paul Feeney (D-Foxborough). “These much-needed resources, provided through the Clean Water Act, will go a long way toward identifying potential pollution and preserving our valuable water resources for generations to come.”
“This money will support management planning and assessments at Red Brook Harbor in Bourne,” said State Senator Susan Moran (D-Falmouth). “Through studying benthic habitat as well as supporting mechanisms to limit the total maximum daily load (TMDLs) of pollutants to enter the waterway we are improving the quality of our water supply and protecting our environment.”
“The Charles and Neponset Rivers are treasured resources in our community, and protecting these watersheds is key to ensuring clean water and climate resiliency,” said State Representative Denise Garlick (D-Needham). “With this funding, the Town of Medfield will be able to engage in an important planning process that will help protect our waterways from harmful contaminants that runoff into the existing drainage system. These investments will help protect our water for generations to come.”
To find out more information about the grants and financial assistance related to water quality and watersheds, turn 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.