Southcoast Communities Get Money For Water Quality Projects
The Baker-Polito administration announced on Thursday that $400,000 in grants will be awarded to six coastal communities, including two here on the Southcoast.
As part of this award Fairhaven will receive $16,995 to develop final plans for stormwater treatment systems at priority locations along Sconticut Neck Rd.
The ultimate goal of the Fairhaven project will be to improve water quality and open shellfish growing area in Little Bay and Nasketucket Bay.
Fall River will receive $71,750 to help commercial and recreational boaters eliminate boat sewage discharges into Mount Hope Bay and the Taunton River.
The city will develop final design plans and obtain permits for a pumpout facility on city-owned land in support of the Massachusetts-wide No Discharge Zone and improve water quality in the area.
Administration officials say the funds are being distributed by the Office of Coastal Zone Management's Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program which seeks to improve coast water quality by reducing or eliminating nonpoint sources of pollution.
Medford, Milton, Salem, and Kingston were also awarded funds through the grant program.