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Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program

Find information on these Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) grants to improve coastal water quality.

The Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program was established in 1996 by the Massachusetts Legislature to help communities identify and improve water quality impaired by nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. The CPR program—which is administered by CZM—provides funding to Massachusetts municipalities to assess and treat stormwater pollution from paved surfaces and to design and construct commercial boat waste pumpout facilities. Since 1996, more than $9.4 million in CPR grants have been awarded.

Latest CPR Awards: On August 3, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) announced over $500,000 in funding through CZM’s CPR Grant Program to the communities of Barnstable, Everett, Kingston, Melrose, Plymouth, and Yarmouth. See the EEA Press Release.

Model Projects: See CPR Grant Program Success Stories for summaries of projects that have used  CPR funds, combined with in-kind services or monetary match from communities, to create lasting results that keep coastal waters clean.

What types of projects are eligible?

To improve coastal water quality by reducing or eliminating NPS pollution, the CPR Grant Program funds projects that:

  • Characterize and treat urban runoff from municipal roadways.
  • Improve and protect coastal resources, such as shellfish beds, bathing beaches, and diadromous fish runs.
  • Implement NPS pollution control methods.
  • Educate the public about stormwater runoff problems.

Three categories of projects are funded:

  • Assessment, identification, and characterization of NPS pollution from paved surfaces, which can include determining the sources of roadway-related pollution, identifying appropriate stormwater control methods (also known as Best Management Practices or BMPs), and siting these BMPs.
  • Design and construction of BMPs to treat runoff from paved roads, highways, bridges, and municipal parking lots.
  • Design and construction of commercial boat-waste pumpout facilities to reduce pollution related to discharges from vessel holding tanks. (The Clean Vessel Act program, administered by the Division of Marine Fisheries funds pumpouts for recreational vessels.)

Summaries of past CPR projects

See the links below for PDF summaries of the projects receiving CPR grants for each fiscal year listed.

Funding from the CPR Grant Program cannot be used to address pollution from non-stormwater-related "point sources," such as the repair of illegal sewer line connections and any activity associated with septic systems, and cannot be used for land acquisition or projects constructed on non-public lands. Additionally, CPR funds cannot be used to treat pollution from unpaved surfaces.

Who is eligible to apply?

The CPR Grant Program is open to municipalities located within the boundaries of the Massachusetts coastal watershed, which encompasses 220 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts. See eligible municipalities.

What is the grant timeline?

CZM generally issues a Request for Responses (RFR) for the CPR Grant Program in spring or early summer, contingent upon funding. When issued, the RFR, with an enclosed application, is posted on COMMBUYS. Projects must be completed by June 30 the following year.

How much can I ask for?

The maximum award for CPR is contingent upon available funding. In Fiscal Year 2018, a total of $500,000 in funding was available. The maximum award for each project was $175,000. Applicants committed to matching 25% of the total project cost.

What needs to be included in a grant proposal?

The RFR requires the following to be included in the grant application:

  • Project Summary
  • Problem Definition
  • Project Goals
  • Project Approach
  • Operation and Maintenance Commitment
  • Benefits of the Project
  • Local Commitment
  • Project Budget
  • Supporting Materials

Carefully review each RFR before developing your application as priorities and requirements may change from year to year.

Guidance Documents

The structural solutions and technologies implemented to address NPS pollution require careful planning and basic maintenance to remain effective. These publications will provide recommendations on siting and designing BMPs to withstand coastal impacts and improving operation and maintenance practices for BMPs funded through the CPR Grant Program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review these documents.

  • Climate Change Impacts to Coastal Stormwater BMPs - Stormwater BMPs in coastal areas are subject to flooding, storm damage, and salt and wind exposure—impacts that are exacerbated by sea level rise, higher groundwater levels, and increased frequency and intensity of storm and precipitation events due to climate change. In 2015, CZM and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection contracted Horsley Witten Group, Inc. (with support from the Woods Hole Group) to assess potential impacts to coastal BMPs due to climate change, evaluate existing coastal BMPs, and develop a set of recommendations for coastal communities. The Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Stormwater BMPs and Recommended BMP Design Considerations in Coastal Communities report provides results of this project and is intended to help municipalities address the unique challenges of siting, designing, and constructing BMPs on the coast.
  • Operation, Maintenance, and Performance Evaluation - In 2005, CZM contracted with the Horsley Witten Group, Inc. to conduct field inspections of stormwater BMPs funded by the CPR Grant Program. Horsley Witten evaluated the maintenance history and condition of each installed BMP and made an overall assessment of its functionality. Coastal Pollutant Remediation Program Stormwater BMP Operation, Maintenance, and Performance Evaluation (PDF, 390 KB) is a summary report that details the findings of these inspections and includes a set of recommendations for improving maintenance, construction, and design of stormwater BMPs. Applicants to the CPR program must incorporate these recommendations into potential stormwater remediation projects.

Who can help me apply for a CPR Grant?

CZM can help potential applicants develop project ideas up until the RFR for the grant year is released. After the RFR is released, questions can be submitted to CZM in writing until the close of the question and answer period, which will be approximately three weeks.

Please contact the following CZM staff and Regional Coordinators with any questions:

Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

Adrienne Pappal
Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Manager
Phone: (617) 626-1218
adrienne.pappal@state.ma.us

Cristina Kennedy
Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Specialist
Phone: (617) 626-1231
cristina.kennedy@state.ma.us

Kathryn Glenn
North Shore Regional Coordinator
Phone: (978) 281-3972
kathryn.glenn@state.ma.us

Stephen McKenna
Cape Cod & Islands Regional Coordinator
Phone: (508) 375-6856
stephen.mckenna@state.ma.us

Jason Burtner
South Shore Regional Coordinator
Phone: (781) 546-6012
jason.burtner@state.ma.us

David Janik
South Coastal Regional Coordinator
Phone: (508) 291-3625 x12
david.janik@state.ma.us

Lisa Berry Engler
Boston Harbor Regional Coordinator
Phone: (617) 626-1230
lisa.engler@state.ma.us

In addition to providing assistance with developing project ideas, the Massachusetts Bays and Buzzards Bay National Estuarine Programs can also help applicants write the grant applications.

Massachusetts Bays and Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program Contacts

Upper North Shore
Peter Phippen
Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
Phone: (978) 374-0519 x17
Fax: (978) 372-4890
PPhippen@mvpc.org

South Shore
Sara Grady
North and South Rivers Watershed Association
Phone: (781) 659-8168
sara@nsrwa.org

Salem Sound
Barbara Warren
Salem Sound Coastwatch
Phone: (978) 741-7900
Fax: (978) 741-0458
barbara.warren@salemsound.org

Cape Cod
Jo Ann Muramoto
Association to Preserve Cape Cod
Phone: (508) 362-4226 x16
Fax: (508) 362-3136
jmuramoto@apcc.org

Metro Boston
Carole McCauley
Northeastern University Marine Science Center
Phone: (781) 581-7370 x321
Fax: (781) 581-6076
c.mccauley@neu.edu

Buzzards Bay
Joe Costa
Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program
Phone: (508) 291-3625 x19
Fax: (508) 291-3628
joe.costa@state.ma.us

Contact Information

Contact Adrienne Pappal for more information about the CPR Grant Program at (617) 626-1218 or adrienne.pappal@state.ma.us.

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