As released from the Office of Senator Morse, the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund Chairman, on October 9, 2018, the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund Advisory Commission awarded $2.4 million for 15 water supply land protection projects.
New Hampshire Senate
For Immediate Release:
October 9, 2018
Bobby Collins (603) 271-3479
Drinking Water and Groundwater Commission Awards $2.4 million to 15 Water Supply Land Protection Projects
Concord, NH — The Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission recently awarded nearly $2.4 million in grants to land conservation organizations across the state to protect land near drinking water sources.
Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem), chair of the commission, issued the following statement:
“These grants represents the culmination of a careful and thorough vetting process by the Department of Environmental Services [DES] and dedicated members of the Commission of more than 100 infrastructure and water supply protection applications.”
“This $2.4 million will be used to help preserve more than 4,700 acres of land across the state. These protected parcels are located upstream from water intakes, around well heads, and along the shores of reservoirs. Protecting this land is critical to ensuring clean source water for countless public drinking water systems across the state and for generations to come.”
“As in the round of awards for infrastructure projects, successful applicants showed they had ‘skin in the game’ by committing their own resources and leveraging additional dollars from other programs in order to get their project across the finish line. This $2.4 million award by the Commission will leverage more than $7 million from a wide variety of sources.”
Towns where land will be protected include: Bath, Haverhill, Barrington, Hopkinton, Randolph, Gorham, Jaffrey, Rindge, Walpole, Greenland, Auburn, Canterbury, Northfield, Epping (two projects), Farmington, Albany, Conway, and Windham. The full list of projects and map are attached.
The Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission was established to oversee the funds awarded to the state as damages from Exxon-Mobil for MtBE contamination, totaling nearly $278 million. $24 million was approved for infrastructure projects by the Commission in August 2018. These grants for water supply land protection represent the second and final phase for 2018.