The Massachusetts Audubon Society, the Silver Spring Institute and The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies were among 13 groups statewide that received grants totaling $429,000.
“The Massachusetts Environmental Trust has been a critical conservation leader in protecting the vital waterways of Massachusetts for over 20 years,” said Secretary Bartlett.
“By communities and conservation partners collaborating and working together with the Commonwealth, we can develop important projects for maintaining and protecting our clean waters for generations to come.”
The Massachusetts Audubon Society, based in Lincoln, was given $50,000 to develop a sustainable management plan for the Horseshoe Crab harvest in Wellfleet.
The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies was given $45,000 to investigate if pharmaceuticals from wastewater are bioaccumulating in marine plants and animals.
The Silver Spring Institute, based in Newton, was given $40,000 to investigate how perfluorinated chemicals leach from consumer products into domestic wastewater and the Cape Cod Aquifer.
Since it was founded in 1988 as part of the Boston Harbor cleanup, MET has awarded more than $19 million in grants to organizations statewide that provide a wide array of environmental services, from supporting water projects in communities to protecting coastal habitats.