PROVIDENCE – Seven Rhode Island entities have been awarded a combined $1.1 million in federal grants to promote cleaner water and healthier coastal ecosystems, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Restore America’s Estuaries announced Monday.
The grants come from the EPA New England’s 2019 Southeast New England Program Watershed Grants. RAE partnered with the EPA to administer the program.
“The bays, estuaries and landscapes of Southeast coastal New England are the heart of our communities. Funding these projects and working with our partners to develop opportunities for collaboration and smart innovation continues to be a priority for EPA,” stated EPA New England Regional Administrator Dennis Deziel in prepared remarks. “Today’s funding will help protect clean water and build healthy watersheds, and is vital to the ecological health and economic vitality of our coastal communities.”
The seven project leader recipients were:
- Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council: $245,000 to install stormwater practices along the Woonasquatucket River Greenway.
- Groundwork Rhode Island: $198,891 to install stormwater improvements in Providence and to provide job training to urban youth.
- City of Cranston: $187,500 to restore clean water at Spectacle Pond.
- Audubon Society of Rhode Island: $177,534 to create a regional center for stormwater innovation at Roger Williams Park.
- Northern Rhode Island Conservation District: $113,976 to establish a manure management program for small farmers in the Scituate Reservoir Watershed
- City of Newport: $108,750 to implement a program of incentives to private property owners to reduce urban stormwater.
- Town of Warren: $25,000 to install stormwater practices on waterfront streets to reduce pollution to Narragansett Bay.
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