By ecoRI News staff
Nine Massachusetts projects targeting water pollution from stormwater runoff and erosion have been recommended for more than $1.28 million in grants using funds from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The projects are based in Agawam, Belchertown, Franklin, Milford, Plymouth, Stoughton, Taunton and Watertown. Six of the recommended projects will implement or demonstrate best management practices (BMP) to mitigate the effects of polluted stormwater runoff. Two projects will explore development of funding mechanisms to support stormwater infrastructure. One project will focus on climate change and resiliency actions that can be taken to protect critical watershed resources.
The grant program focuses on implementation of measures to control non-point source (NPS) pollution to surface and groundwater. Unlike pollution from industrial facilities and sewage treatment plants, NPS pollution is unregulated and comes from a variety of sources. NPS pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters and groundwaters.
Common types of NPS pollution include phosphorus and nitrogen from lawn and garden fertilizers and agricultural operations, bacteria from pet waste and waterfowl, oil and grease from parking lots and roadways, and sediment from construction activities and soil erosion.
Here is the list of projects recommended to be funded:
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
Project: Feasibility of a stormwater utility for Agawam
Total project cost: $111,500
Town of Belchertown
Project: Keeping roadway storm-flow out of Arcadia Lake
Total project cost: $69,780
Town of Franklin
Project: Upper Charles River regional stormwater finance study
Total project cost: $126,607
Town of Milford
Project: Lower Huckleberry Brook stormwater treatment
Total project cost: $376,038
Town of Plymouth
Project: Water Street stormwater implementation
Total project cost: $390,195
Town of Stoughton
Project: Steep Hill Brook BMP retrofit project
Total project cost: $236,486
The Nature Conservancy
Project: Protecting a healthy and resilient Taunton watershed
Total project cost: $179,734
Charles River Watershed Association
Project: Edenfield Avenue/Green Street demonstration project Watertown
Total project cost: $1,011,848
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Project: Reducing NPS pollution from equine facilities statewide
Total project cost: $333,333