$500,000 in grants has been given to several Massachusetts communities
The Baker-Polito Administration announced $500,000 in grants to support projects for polluted storm water runoff.
The goal is to protect coastal water quality and habitat, according to the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The grants were awarded to the towns of Arlington, Barnstable, Kingston and Milton and the city of Salem.
Kingston received a $73,000 grant to finalize the design of a system to treat nutrients and pathogens in storm water runoff. This is part of Kingston’s long-term work to treat bacterial pollution, ultimately expanding opportunities for shellfish harvesting in the Jones River and Kingston Bay.
Arlington received $184,774 to construct multiple infiltration trenches to treat storm water runoff entering the Mystic River Watershed, according to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Town of Barnstable received $173,255 to construct storm water green infrastructure to treat runoff at South County Road. Milton received $23,870 will finalize the design of storm water infrastructure to treat nutrients and bacteria from road runoff.
The City of Salem received $45,100, in partnership with Salem Sound Coastwatch to develop a series of videos that demonstrate operation and maintenance of storm water green infrastructure.
“Through these Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grants, the commonwealth directly helps local communities protect coastal waters by treating storm water runoff at the source,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “Coastal water quality can be impacted by everyday occurrences such as rain, lawn pesticides and storm drains, so it is critical that we work with municipalities to protect these important natural resources.”