State Grant Awarded to Restore Local Habitat and Water Quality

BUZZARDS BAY-  The Baker-Polito Administration has announced 2 grants totaling $48,920 in federal awards for habitat restoration, and water quality protection projects in Buzzards Bay.

The grants will help the Towns of Gosnold and Dartmouth to better manage boat waste and to investigate causes of salt marsh degradation, and are being matched by $43,950 in municipal and private contributions.

Gosnold will receive $13,920 to purchase a stationary, self-service boat waste pump out unit for the Cuttyhunk Vessel Pump out Station to be operated, and maintained, by the Town’s partner the Buzzards Bay Coalition.

The Town of Dartmouth will receive $35,000 to perform a restoration study to determine the causes of deterioration in the 16.6-acre Cow Yards salt marsh, located at the mouth of the Little River in Dartmouth.

The grants are being awarded by the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program through the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, with funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

By JOHN BONDAREK, CapeCod.Com News Center

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