Restore America's Estuaries Announces $4.5 Million in Local Grants

Congressman Keating and other luminaries meet Monday at Mass. Maritime...

From the Office of Congressman William Keating...

Events at Mass. Maritime Academy on Monday, St. 24th, will highlight projects to restore clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems.

EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation. RAE is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to award $4.5 million in 2018 Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Watershed Grants to 14 municipalities, non-profit organizations, universities, state agencies and regional planning organizations. Grants will provide funding to preserve and restore clean coastal waters, healthy watersheds, and vibrant communities in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Congressman Bill Keating, EPA Regional Administrator Alexandra Dunn; Mass. DEP Deputy Commissioner Gary Moran; Mass. Maritime Academy President Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald; Thomas Ardito, RAE; local communities and non-profit organizations receiving 2018 SNEP Watershed Grants.

Monday's happening is a public event to announce the grants in Massachusetts and highlight the work of the grantees. The announcements will be followed by public displays by the grantees describing the innovative, high-impact environmental projects to be funded under this program.

RAE makes these grants available because clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems are essential to Southeast New England’s environment, economy and quality of life. By funding locally based partnerships that are working to reduce pollution and restore coastal habitats, the SNEP Watershed Grants program is helping to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for Southeast New England communities. For more about SNEP Watershed Grants, see www.snepgrants.org.

The event will be held at The Beachmoor at Mass. Maritime Academy. MMA is located at 101 Academy Dr., Buzzards Bay, MA 02532. The Beachmoor is adjacent to campus at the end of Tower Lane. Parking is available at the Beachmoor.  

Proceedings begin at 10 a.m., Monday Sept. 24th, 2018.  

Schedule of Events:

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.: Press event and grant announcements at the Beachmoor, featuring state, federal and local environmental leaders, and SNEP Watershed Grantees, representing local organizations from throughout Southeast Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands.

11:45 – Noon: SNEP Watershed Grants Meet-&-Greet and Displays at the Beachmoor. Grantees will be available for photos and interviews. Grantees include:

  • Association to Preserve Cape Cod ($300,000);
  • Buzzards Bay Coalition ($419,006);
  • Cape Cod Commission ($399,998);
  • Falmouth Rod & Gun Club ($450,000);
  • Martha’s Vineyard Commission ($250,000);
  • Pleasant Bay Alliance ($250,000); and
  • Southeast Regional Planning & Economic Development District (SRPEDD) ($100,000).

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