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Grants available from the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is inviting Requests for Proposals for projects within the Greater Narragansett Bay Watershed. The Narragansett Bay Estuary Grant Program is providing financial resources for projects that help meet the Estuary Program’s goals to protect and preserve Narragansett Bay and its watershed. For 2015, the Narragansett Bay Estuary Grant Program, in coordination with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, will distribute up to $65,000 in grant funds and is designed for individual grants in the range of $3,000 to $10,000 for each project. As described more fully in the Request for Proposals, this grant program is designed to equally fund two categories of projects:
- Watershed Protection Grants where the objective is to protect high quality waters and habitats, and
- Watershed Restoration Grants where the objective is to restore degraded waters and habitats.
The deadline to submit proposals under this grants program is March 31, 2015.
Please follow this link on the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commissionís website for the Request for Proposals: http://neiwpcc.org/contractors/opportunities.asp
The 28th Issue of the Narragansett Bay Journal is Now Available!
The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program has released a special edition of the Narragansett Bay Journal, featuring a series of articles on Salt Marshes, one of the Bay’s most precious ecosystems. The articles summarize scientific findings that were presented at an April 2014 conference at Save The Bay called “The Effects of Sea Level Rise to Rhode Island’s Salt Marshes.” This issue also spotlights recent NBEP accomplishments including new Management Committee members, a new federal grant program focused on nutrient pollution, the 2014 Watershed Counts Report, and the development of the Science Advisory Committee.
Download the newest edition of the Narragansett Bay Journal to stay informed on all issues concerning Narragansett Bay. To sign up for updates regarding the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Over $720,000 in Nutrient Management Grants awarded for the Narragansett Bay watershed
We are pleased to announce that more than $720,000 in grants will be going to six projects aimed at reducing nutrient pollution in the Narragansett Bay watershed. This grant program is funded through the Southeastern New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program, a partnership of more than 20 organizations collaborating to protect, enhance, and restore the waters along southeastern New England from Westerly, Rhode Island, to Pleasant Bay, Massachusetts.
The grants have been awarded to the following six projects:
- The City of Newport’s Source Water Phosphorus Reduction Feasibility Plan
- Mass Audubon’s Nutrient Reduction through Innovative Land Use Techniques
- Northern Rhode Island Conservation District’s Moswansicut Reservoir Phosphorus Project
- Save The Bay’s Ribbed Mussel Nutrient Bioextraction Pilot Project
- The University of Rhode Island’s Optimizing Performance of Existing Onsite Wastewater Treatment
- West Warwick’s Stormwater Utility Implementation and Hardig Brook Restoration.
See project descriptions.
See press release.