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Senator Spilka Announces Over $100K for Franklin as Part of Upper Charles River Watershed

October 19, 2010

Senator Spilka announced today, along with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), that Franklin will be receiving funding as part of the federal fiscal year 2011 Section 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grant Program.

The Charles River Watershed Association, which comprises Bellingham, Franklin and Milford, will receive $107,614 for an Online Phosphorous Trading System.  This project, which will benefit the Upper Charles watershed, will help individual business owners offset the costs associated with recent stringent EPA regulations by sharing costs collaboratively across the three towns.

“I fought for these three towns to have the ability to share costs as they reduced their phosphorous output in the Upper Charles watershed, and I applaud the Massachusetts DEP for being responsive to these concerns,” stated Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), who represents Franklin.  “I have always been a strong advocate for clean water and environmental issues, but we need to be sensitive to small business owners who wish to locate and grow in Franklin.  This grant will help alleviate some of the burden on those businesses.”
“This grant will help local communities protect vital water resources and enhance environmental quality,” Governor Deval Patrick said. “The Commonwealth is proud to be a partner in their efforts.”

“Nonpoint source pollution threatens the health of our lakes, streams and watersheds, and degrades the quality of life for all of our residents,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles said. “The project announced today will make a difference in the quality of our drinking water, watersheds, coastal waters, and aquatic recreational areas.”

The 319 grant program focuses on implementation of measures to control nonpoint sources (NPS) of water pollution. NPS pollution is caused by diffuse sources that are not regulated and are normally associated with precipitation and runoff from the land or infiltration into the soil. Common types of NPS pollution include phosphorus and nitrogen from lawn and garden fertilizers, bacteria from pet waste and waterfowl, oil and grease from parking lots and roadways, and sediment from construction activities and soil erosion.

“This grant award allows us to continue to build strong coalitions with our regional and municipal partners to help control nonpoint source pollution,” MassDEP Commissioner Laurie Burt said.

Each 319 project was reviewed and approved by MassDEP’s regional staff, the MassDEP/Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) Proposal Review Committee, and the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Funding for the projects will be available this fall.

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