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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 19, 2018
CONTACT: Holly Green, (603) 271-3114

Grant Funding Available to Protect Drinking Water Supply Lands in the

Southern I-93 Corridor and Lake Massabesic Watershed

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) announced today that $48,450 is available this spring for grants to protect drinking water supply lands in the southern I-93 corridor communities of Salem, Windham, Derry, Londonderry and Manchester and in the Lake Massabesic Watershed, which includes portions of Auburn, Hooksett, Candia and Chester.

The money is what remains of a $3 million fund established to offset impacts to wetlands and streams associated with the widening of Interstate 93 between the Massachusetts border in Salem and the I-93/I-293 interchange in Manchester. NHDES has awarded 11 grants to protect nearly 3,000 acres of water supply land in previous grant rounds. Through an agreement with the NH Department of Transportation, this grant money is administered by NHDES' Water Supply Land Protection Grant Program.

For this grant round, municipalities and non-profit land trusts may apply for grants to cover up to 50 % of the value of land or conservation easements critical to the quality of public drinking water supplies.

Eligibility applications are due June 15, 2018. NHDES will notify eligible applicants by July 16, 2018, and final applications will be due August 6, 2018. Grants will be awarded based on priority ranking and availability of funding.

More information on these grants, including a map of the eligible land and copies of application forms, are available online at des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/dwspp/land_acqui/ or by contacting Holly Green at holly.green@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-3114.



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