Grants to accelerate restoration and protection of wetlands across New England
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $3.3 million in grants to strengthen the capacity of states and tribes to protect and restore wetlands. The Wetland Program Development Grants provide interstate agencies, tribes, and nonprofit organizations with funding to develop and refine comprehensive state, tribal and local wetlands programs. While monies for these projects came from 2015 and 2016 allotments, EPA will soon release a request for projects to be funded with 2017 and 2018 funding.
EPA believes these grants are a good example of our productive relationship with state partners, achieving meaningful environmental benefits for American communities by working collaboratively. Protecting wetlands is a cost-effective way to help communities take advantage of the significant benefits provided by healthy wetlands, which include buffering from storms and flooding, filtering storm water, protecting habitat and offering recreational enjoyment.
EPA has awarded funding for 15 projects to protect, manage and restore wetlands. These grants assist state, tribal and local government agencies in building programs, which protect, manage and restore wetlands. Wetlands are valuable resources that are vital to the health of our waterways and communities. Healthy wetlands perform important ecological functions, such as feeding downstream waters, trapping floodwaters, recharging groundwater supplies, removing pollution, and providing habitat for fish and wildlife. Wetlands also help our economy because of their key role in fishing, hunting, agriculture and recreation.
Read about the funded projects here.