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Municipal Mini-Grants RFP posted

Spring 2016 Municipal MiniGrant Request for Proposals Announced

The Spring 2016 Buzzards Bay municipal grants have been posted. A 33% match of requested funding is required, and only municipalities are eligible to apply. The application deadline is 4 PM June 2, 2016. For more information and updates, go to our funding page.

Buzzards Bay NEP Launches a Stormwater Website

In February 2016, the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program launched a new website, The purpose of the website is to support the activities of the Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative. The Stormwater Collaborative currently consists of five towns (Dartmouth, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, and Wareham) that are working with the Buzzards Bay Action Committee and the NEP to map stormwater networks and monitor stormwater discharges that are contributing to shellfish bed closures and other pollution-caused impairments. This work began in the fall of 2015 when the BBAC received a $200,000 U.S. EPA Healthy Communities Grant. The Buzzards Bay NEP, which is collaborating with the BBAC on the grant, hired a new staff member to support the municipal effort. The BBAC will be hiring a stormwater specialist and interns to collect dry and wet weather stormwater samples. The work will also support municipal efforts to meet goals in their MS4 stormwater management plans. Go to to learn more.

Buzzards Bay NEP Awards SNEP Water Quality Grants

On January 11, 2016, the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program awarded six grants totaling $794,478 to address nutrient and pathogen pollution in Buzzards Bay. The grants were funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SNEP program, and will help the towns protect important habitat and drinking water resources:

For additional information, see the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) press release.