Three storm water coalitions currently serving cities and towns in Southeastern Massachusetts have been awarded over $200,000 to improve storm water management efforts
Sen. Marc R. Pacheco announced that three stormwater coalitions currently serving cities and towns in Southeastern Massachusetts have been awarded over $200,000 to improve storm water management efforts.
The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program aims to reduce the amount of storm water pollution that enters Massachusetts rivers, streams and groundwater, according to Wicked Local.
“Stormwater pollution is an incredibly common problem throughout the Commonwealth and a constant challenge for many cities and towns in the Southeast region,” said Pacheco. “The MS4 program helps bring Massachusetts communities together to address this issue as a regional coalition, as opposed to letting management efforts hinge on case-by-case local expenditures.”
The Southeast Regional Stormwater Coalition has been awarded $55,000, the Massachusetts Maritime For Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative has been awarded $46,700 and the Statewide Stormwater Coalition has been awarded $107,795.
The MS4 permit requirements, issued jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and MassDEP, include: developing and implementing Public Education programs; adopting more stringent local development rules; and locating and removing pollutants that are illegally entering municipal storm water systems.
“Municipalities across Massachusetts face significant hurdles in their effort to reduce pollution from storm water, and these grants help cities and towns accomplish that important work,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Funding regional storm water coalitions ensures that all communities throughout the Commonwealth will benefit from more efficient management and better protection of key environmental resources.”
Groups receiving MS4 grants in this recent round of awards are as follows:
Statewide Stormwater Coalition awarded $107,795
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition (CMRSWC) awarded $28,000
Southeast Regional Stormwater Coalition (SRWC) awarded $55,000
Northern Middlesex Stormwater Collaborative awarded $62,504
Massachusetts Maritime Academy for Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative awarded $46,700