Grants Renew Local Waters – apply by 11/20

Urban Waters Small Grants can help people to restore local waters in ways that also benefit community and economic revitalization.  For the 2015/2016 grant cycle, EPA seeks to fund projects that address stormwater pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits.

EPA volunteer monitoringEligible applicants include States, local governments, Indian Tribes, universities and colleges, nonprofit institutions/organizations and interstate agencies. Proposed activities must be within eligible areas shown on the Urban Waters Small Grants mapping website.

The EPA small grants can support local solutions that connect urban waters with improving the livability and economic health of the community. In general, projects should meet the following four program objectives:

  • Address local water quality issues related to urban runoff pollution;
  • Provide additional community benefits;
  • Actively engage underserved communities; and
  • Foster partnership.

Additional Information can be found in the Request for Proposals that is available on the EPA Urban Waters Small Grants website

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Cost Effective Stormwater Solutions

Join us on Wednesday, November 18 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  This 5 p.m. meeting will discuss solutions for the polluted runoff that harms stream, lakes and ponds.

LCU sediment bar 111815 CSS blogStormwater is the leading cause for damages to local waters.  Native trout vanish as tons of pollutants are dumped  in urban and suburban streams every year.  These pollutants also accumulate in lakes, feeding invasive weeds and toxic algae that ruin swimming and fishing.

Most communities are concerned about the rising costs for stormwater control.  Fortunately, there are  efficient ways to prevent and fix stormwater problems.  Less costly solutions will improve local waters and reduce municipal expenses for water treatment.

This meeting will feature expert speakers on Low Impact Development, stream renewal, BMP site selection, stormwater assistance programs and the costs of runoff remedies.  Town boards, highway departments, lake associations, watershed groups, builders and concerned citizens will gain practical guidance to remove more pollution for less cost.

The $10 registration fee (free for students) includes meeting materials and refreshments.  You can view the meeting agenda and register online at Eventbrite.  For more details, email mwc@commonwaters.org or telephone (978) 534-0379.

“Just The FAQs” – Infrastructure Funding

stormwater outfallNew video by MWRA Advisory Board highlights funding available to help finance water, stormwater and sewer projects.  Funding sources include federal, state and quasi-state grants and loans available to Massachusetts cities and towns.  To view, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPR6xfk260E

This video also links to “The Green Sheet”, a separate video by the MWRA Advisory Board, which offers examples of local economic development benefits from infrastructure investments.