Southcoast Groups Among Recipients Of Water Research Funds
Groups in Dartmouth and Bourne are among those that will be receiving funds for water protection and habitat restoration projects.
The Baker-Polito Administration announced on Monday that the Massachusetts Environmental Trust had awarded $310,877 in grants to ten projects that are geared toward protecting and restoring rivers,watersheds, wildlife and aquatic habitats.
The Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth was awarded $20,000 for their Climate Science Learning Project.
The program is an interactive elementary school science teaching model that introduce interactive, web-based learning tools to provide access to information about the effects of climate change on biodiversity to low-income children and families in Greater Fall River and Greater New Bedford schools.
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy received $40,000 to continue mapping benthic habitats in Buzzards Bay.
Mapping and associated ecological studies being funded through the grant will allow the Office of Coastal Zone Management and fisheries agencies to make management decisions and better understand the ecological importance of the benthic community.
Students will also engage in this research through “hands-on” applied marine ecology onboard the Research Vessel Liberty in Buzzards Bay and in laboratory facilities at the academy.
“Our coasts, rivers, and wetlands make Massachusetts a beautiful place to live and visit and these grants will continue to improve these incredible natural resources,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “With the help of residents who purchase environmental license plates from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, we are proud to invest in local programs that are helping protect our precious water resources and wildlife.”