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MassDEP Offers Statewide Water Management Act Grants

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is offering grants to assist eligible public water suppliers and municipalities with Water Management Act permits by providing funds for planning assistance, demand management, and withdrawal impact mitigation projects in local communities. The Department has determined that the focus of these grants will be for:

  1. Planning projects for specific watersheds or subwatersheds to identify implementation projects to improve ecological conditions;
  2. Conservation projects aimed to reduce the demand for water within a municipality or a watershed, such as rate studies or drought resiliency planning; and
  3. Withdrawal mitigation projects that address the following: improve or increase instream flow, wastewater projects that keep water local, stormwater management projects that improve recharge, reduce impervious cover and/or improve water quality, water supply operational improvements, habitat improvement, demand management, reduction of wastewater inflow and infiltration, and other projects that can be demonstrated to mitigate the impacts of water withdrawals.

The Department has budgeted $1,000,000 and anticipating 10 awards this year including an 80% grant with 20% cash match or in-kind services.   The deadline for electronic responses to RFI is November 14, 2022 at 5:00 pm.  Additional resources are available here.