MA Announces Coastal Water Grants
February 14, 2012
The Patrick-Murray Administration has announced $135,000 in federal funding to support 8 projects across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts designed to protect coastal waters through the Massachusetts Bays Program Research and Planning Grants.
The projects will help identify the causes of coastal habitat degradation, develop plans to address coastal water quality pollution and protect coastlines across Massachusetts.
The grant awards will go to following municipalities, non-profits and academic institutions:
- Town of Danvers: $20,000 to conduct a study to identify a sustainable funding mechanism for stormwater management.
- Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen Association: $7,441 to enhance and expand the River Herring Warden Network.
- Saugus River Watershed Council: $10,000 to conduct a smelt spawning habitat assessment in the Saugus River.
- University of New Hampshire: $25,000 to create an eelgrass habitat suitability model in Plum Island Sound to identify potential restoration sites.
- Wildlands Trust: $6,749 to develop a plan for the South River Greenway and establish a walking trail to restore access along the South River.
- Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies: $22,119 to study the levels and sources of contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products and detergents in Cape Cod Bay.
- Salem State University: $22,992 to explore the nature and causes of reduced water clarity in Salem Harbor and its potential impact on eelgrass habitat.
- Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries: $20,000 to identify and prioritize restoration opportunities for coastal aquatic habitats in the Massachusetts Bays Program planning area.