Tuesday, January 7, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News Releases: New England Region (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, 10 tribes) Update : Sixteen Grants Will Help Protect Wetlands in New England

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News Release U.S. Environmental Protection Agency New England Regional Office January 7, 2014 Contact: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017 Sixteen Grants Will Help Protect Wetlands in New England (Boston, Mass. – Jan. 7, 2014) – EPA has recently awarded sixteen grants to recipients within New England, totaling more than $1.5 million, for programs that protect wetlands within the region. The grants are part of EPA's Wetland Program Development Grants in New England. The grants were awarded to agencies in each of the six New England states, the Penobscot Indian Nation, the University of Massachusetts and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. The biennial grants cover two fiscal years (2013-2014) to allow recipients to make better long-term strategic decisions about program goals. "EPA is pleased to provide grants that will support vital research, assessment and training to help protect wetlands in New England," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England office. "Healthy wetlands are very important for the environmental benefits they provide to our communities. Wetlands help minimize the damaging impacts from floods, they help purify and protect drinking water, and they provide habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities for citizens." The grants can be used by recipients to build and refine any element of a comprehensive wetland program. Priority is given to funding projects that address the three areas identified by EPA: 1) Developing a comprehensive monitoring and assessment program; 2) Improving the effectiveness of compensatory mitigation; and 3) Refining the protection of vulnerable wetlands and aquatic resources. States, Tribes, local governments, interstate associations, intertribal consortia, and national non-profit, non-governmental organizations were eligible to apply. EPA's New England office has changed to biennial grants to provide recipients with the ability to plan for longer term projects. The allocations for the first year total approximately $1,538,500 and the Region anticipates similar funding for the second year of this grant cycle. Grant recipients are required to contribute a minimum of 25 percent of the cost of each project. The EPA Wetland Program Development Grants were started in 1990 to provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote research, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, and prevention of water pollution. More information on EPA's Wetland Program Development Grants in New England ( # # # Learn More about the Latest EPA News & Events in New England ( Follow EPA New England on Twitter ( More info on EPA's Environmental Results in New England (

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