Water Quality Funding to Four Cape Communities

The Baker-Polito Administration, Tuesday, announced $500,000 in grants to support local efforts to address polluted storm water runoff to protect coastal water quality and habitat. The grants, provided through the Office of Coastal Zone Management’s (CZM) Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program, were awarded to six communities, four of which are on Cape Cod.

Barnstable will receive nearly $60,000, using the funds in partnership with the Association to Preserve Cape Cod to complete design and permitting of storm water treatment systems at priority locations in the Three Bays watershed.

Yarmouth will receive more than $63,000 to construct a subsurface gravel wetland to treat storm water runoff contaminated with bacteria and nitrogen.

Sandwich will receive more than $95,000 to design and construct treatment systems at a number of sites within the Town Neck Beach parking lot, Boardwalk Road, and other locations.

 Provincetown will also receive more than $95,000 to develop final designs for porous pavement along a section of Commercial Street—the fifth and final phase of a larger project. When constructed, the porous pavement will allow storm water to infiltrate into the ground, filtering out bacteria and capturing sediment to improve water quality in Provincetown Harbor.

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