Nearly $10 million in funding available
UNITED STATES – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced $9.6 million in available grants to support the restoration and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which encompasses parts of Delaware, Maryland, New York State, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The amount will be distributed across 11 brands, with more than $28 million in matching contributions to generate a total impact of nearly $38 million. Eligible recipients must have a goal of reducing pollution to local rivers and streams, restoring habitats and/or improving rural and urban communities in the area. The funds, according to the NFWF, “will help partners engage farmers and agricultural producers, homeowners, churches, businesses and municipalities to improve the quality of life in their communities, local water quality and, ultimately, the health of the Chesapeake Bay.”
ONTARIO – The central Ontario town of New Tecumseth has approved the awarding of a $640,000 land improvement contract to Matrix Solutions Inc. The decision will be ratified later this month. The contract is part of a project to identify and implement drainage solutions in the community, with an expected completion date of March 2022. The project its supported by funding from the National Disaster Mitigation Program (up to $406,250) to offset costs.
Public input sought
MICHIGAN – The DNR’s Lake Michigan Coastal Program will host a public meeting this week in Portage to seek input on what types of projects should receive priority consideration for its annual competitive grants program. Program funds may go toward land improvement, land acquisition, research and more. Projects must take place within the portions of Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties. There will also be an online survey, which will accept input up until Aug. 13.
Tens of millions pledged
GEORGIA – Approximately $30 million in funding is coming to the city of Forsyth to help improve water and wastewater systems. Funds are coming from the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program.