Marion's Branch Brook Project receives $230,000 grant
Marion's Department of Public Works has just received a $230,000 grant for their Branch Brook Lane Preservation Project.
The grant was received via Massachusetts' Drinking Water Supply Protection Grant Program, which is administered by the state's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs .
The program intends to help towns protect existing or new wells, as well as reservoirs and other water bodies.
According to a press release, Marion will use the funds to protect 146 acres of the Branch Brook Project. Branch Brook is a tributary of the Mattapoisett River, and is a source of drinking water for the tri-town, as well as Fairhaven. The parcel is also a habitat for Eastern Box Turtles.
Senate President Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton) congratulated Marion officials for their hard work in securing the grant funds, saying that, "the water supply of our state is precious, and must be protected."
Governor Charlie Baker noted the importance of ensuring safe drinking water, and said, “These 2017 Drinking Water Supply Protection Grants will deliver the necessary financial resources to allow water suppliers to continue to distribute high quality water to the public.”
Since 2004, the DWSP Grant Program has offered grants to municipal and public water systems to be used for water supply protection and land conservation purposes, such as the acquisition of land, the placing of a conservation restriction, or the assignment of a watershed preservation restriction.
Four other towns have also been awarded grants through the DWSP Program: Fitchburg, Marshfield, Southampton and South Deerfield.