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NE - Narragansett Bay Estuary Program Awards $650K in Grants for Green Project Planning in RI and MA

The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP), hosted at Roger Williams University, has announced $649,000 in planning grant awards to support green-infrastructure and capacity-building projects for municipalities, local organizations, and universities across Rhode Island and Massachusetts

The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP), hosted at Roger Williams University, has announced $649,000 in planning grant awards to support green-infrastructure and capacity-building projects for municipalities, local organizations, and universities across Rhode Island and Massachusetts

NBEP is providing a total of 11 grant awards through the Green Infrastructure Planning Grant program funded under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Southeast New England Program (SNEP). These green infrastructure projects align natural and engineering processes to improve water quality, reduce flooding, and increase efficiency of the water supply, while offering a range of co-benefits, including climate resilience, wildlife habitat, public health, and other socioeconomic and community enhancements.

“Natural solutions to runoff pollution and flooding that work with the landscape and the community are the future,” said NBEP Executive Director Mike Gerel. “We are pleased to fill a gap in financial support for the vital pre-project planning work necessary to bring more high-quality green infrastructure to our region.”

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“EPA is proud of the great work being done in Narragansett Bay as part of the National Estuary Program, in partnership with our Southeast New England Program and other EPA resources. These projects will help local efforts to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity in Narragansett Bay,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator David W. Cash. “Estuaries are essential in protecting water quality, providing critical habitat and reducing flood impacts to communities. These benefits are very important here in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.”

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