Merrimack River Watershed Council Wins $ 61,000 State Grant

LAWRENCE, MA – The Merrimack River Watershed Council has received $ 61,553 for restoration work, the state said Friday as part of nearly $ 1 million in grants to 25 green projects across Massachusetts.

The grant was part of the Ecological Restoration Division’s new “Regional Restoration Partnership Program” and will establish the Merrimack Restoration Partnership to help plan and implement restoration work in the watershed.

“As the impacts associated with climate change are felt across the Commonwealth, our administration continues to support projects in communities across the state that increase Massachusetts’ climate resilience,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement. hurry. “This ecological restoration work aligns directly with our goals, which will have lasting benefits in many parts of the state.”

“DER’s new Regional Restoration Partnerships program aims to strengthen the capacity of local and regional organizations to collaboratively advance restoration work, increasing the pace and scale of ecological restoration across the Commonwealth,” said declared the state. “DER’s new Regional Restoration Partnerships program helps nonprofits and regional planning agencies increase their capacity to lead and support ecological restoration in their regions through direct financial and technical assistance. “

The Merrimack River Prize “will support a diverse network of partners and stakeholders to develop a strategic vision for restoration at the watershed scale, implement high-visibility projects, fill a gap in water-based education. climate resilience and increasing links between agencies, community leaders, landowners, and practitioners, ”the state said. “The partnership will support river and river barrier removal projects, stream habitat improvement / restoration and climate resilience activities, as well as riparian restoration and floodplain connectivity works. in the Merrimack River watershed. This year’s funds will be used to develop restoration plans and feasibility studies. , the development of public education and communication tools, and to support partners working on implementation activities. “

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