MassBays Program Announces RFR for 2014 Research and Planning Grants
The Massachusetts Bays Program is seeking proposals for the 2014 Research and Planning Grant Program. Eligible projects include research and planning initiatives that advance program priorities. A total of up to $100,000 is available for estuarine protection and restoration initiatives located within the five regions and 50 coastal communities in the MassBays Program planning area. This includes the Cape Cod region which includes 11 communities which border Cape Cod Bay (Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster, Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Sandwich and Bourne).
Up to $20,000 may be requested for each project and a minimum of 25 percent match of the total project cost (cash or in-kind) must be provided. All projects must be completed by December 31, 2014. For more information, see the MassBays Program webpage . To view the RFR, see the Comm-PASS website and search for document number ENV 14 CZM 04 . Applications are due by November 22.
For questions relating to the MassBays Program’s Research and Planning Grant Program, please contact Ms. Prassede Vella.
The Cape Cod region of the MassBays Program is hosted by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC). The Regional Coordinator for Cape Cod, Dr. Jo Ann Muramoto, is available to assist applicants. Please contact Jo Ann at (508) 362-4226 ext. 16 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program is one of 28 National Estuary Programs designated under the federal Clean Water Act to protect and restore impaired estuaries of national significance. The MassBays Program was designated in 1990 to protect and restore the coastal ecosystems and coastal heritage of Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay, highlighting the region as an estuary of national significance. The MassBays Program is a partnership between regional organizations, the state Office of Coastal Zone Management, and EPA. This partnership works together to promote coastal restoration and protection throughout the 50 coastal communities within the program area.
MassBays Structure and Mission
Led by a Management Committee representing federal and state agencies, local government, nonprofit organizations, and business, MassBays provides grants to Regional Service Providers in each of five regions to carry out work in consultation with local governance committees. Through these regional connections, MassBays facilitates partnerships to prompt local, state, and federal action and stewardship, by convening stakeholders on the local and regional level, providing scientific basis for management decisions, and informing decision makers about problems and solutions. Learn more about MassBays here.
Goals of the Cape Cod Region
APCC has been the regional service provider to MassBays since 2006. Our goals are to:
- Expand temporal and spatial extent of open shellfish beds and enhance protection and restoration efforts.
- Restore tidally-restricted salt marshes and protect salt marsh habitat.
- Restore and protect diadromous fish habitat to help rebuild threatened fish populations.
- Improve water quality in order to protect and restore habitat of important coastal species.
- Prepare for and understand the potential impacts of climate change and sea level rise on coastal ecosystems and communities and enhance education and adaptation efforts.
What We Do
To achieve these goals, APCC works with the local governance committee for the MassBays Program on Cape Cod, which is the Barnstable County Coastal Resources Committee (CRC), and with many other local, regional, state and federal partners. We help communities to restore and protect coastal habitat through the following activities:
- Identifying and advancing local water quality and habitat remediation opportunities in conjunction with local networks.
- Seeking resources to implement priority projects and managing those projects or providing appropriate levels of technical assistance.
- Working with local officials and citizens to facilitate changes (such as developing local by-laws) necessary to improve conditions of the Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays.
- Identifying local technical assistance needs and developing comprehensive strategies for addressing them in conjunction with local networks.
- Identifying the most current and progressive practices to address complex environmental issues affecting the MBP region.
- Coordinating the activities of local stakeholders in each sub-region that support implementation of the CCMP.
- Developing a local constituency of stewards in support of the MBP and its goals by implementing outreach and education initiatives, sharing local successes with MBP staff and regional contractors, and assisting in implementing them throughout the MBP planning area.
- Participating in regular MBP staff meetings, Management Committee meetings, and other events as directed by the MBP Executive Committee, and representing the MBP at regional, state-wide and national meetings.
- Promoting MBP within local communities, the regional host organization, and state and federal agencies.
Our MassBays Program achievements include the following:
- Helping the Town of Brewster to restore 41 acres of degraded salt marsh and improve anadromous fish passage to 386 acres of spawning habitat in the Stony Brook watershed, through grant-writing, project management, coordination, and monitoring. APCC helped the town and partners to obtain over $1.7 million in funding from NOAA and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Gulf of Maine Council, and other sources to plan, permit, design and construct the restoration project. Project efficiencies allowed for two additional restoration projects to be undertaken: the Freeman's Pond Salt Marsh Restoration and the Lower Mill Pond Fish Passage and Dam Reconstruction project. This project received the President's Coastal America Partnership Award in 2011.
- Helped the Town of Sandwich to obtain over $78,000 in grants in 2008 to install a new fish ladder to Upper Shawme Pond, restoring diadromous fish passage to 21 acres of spawning habitat, after 30+ years of non-functional passage.
- Helped the Town of Brewster to obtain a CZM Non-Point Source (NPS) grant in 2007 to assess and prioritize stormwater discharges in the Stony Brook watershed, enabling the Town to obtain subsequent 319, 604b and CPR grants to remediate stormwater discharges in the Stony Brook watershed;
- Helped the Towns of Provincetown and Dennis to obtain grants for boat sewage pump-outs through CZM's Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) grant program, allowing Cape Cod Bay to be designated as a federal No Discharge Area for boat sewage;
- Designation of Cape Cod Bay as a No Discharge Area for vessel sewage. NDA designation occurred in July 2008; Reorganization of the local governance committee for the Cape Cod region, the Barnstable County Coastal Resources Committee, with a new mission and membership. Members are nominated by towns and appointed by the Barnstable County Commissioners.
- Providing the first Stormwater Utility Outreach Program for Cape Cod, which surveyed towns to determine stormwater management needs and provided outreach workshops on stormwater utilities. One immediate result was that Yarmouth conducted a pre-feasibility DIMS study to determine if stormwater utilities would be feasible. Outreach materials were provided to other MBP regions and organizations and agencies in the Buzzards Bay watershed through outreach to the Buzzards Bay Action Committee.
- APCC led a state-wide coalition that advocated for funding the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project (CCWRRP), a Cape-wide program to restore 24 tidally-restricted salt marshes, 24 impaired fish runs and remediate at least 24 stormwater outfalls to restore or protect shellfish beds over a 10-year period. This program was funded by NRCS and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 with $6.5 million, which is being used to remediate 19 stormwater discharges, 6 tidally-restricted salt marshes and 6 impaired fish runs on Cape Cod. The Regional Coordinator assists the CRC, NRCS and partners in evaluating and selecting projects.
- 2011 and 2012 achievements include:
- Assisting applicants and recipients with the new MBP Applied Research and Planning Grants (4 awarded to Cape Cod in the last 2 years);
- Working with the CRC to review the proposed Cape Cod Ocean Management District of Critical Planning Concern;
- Working with the CRC to support the Cape Cod Dredge Working Group;
- Initiating a new Aquatic Invasive Monitoring Program for Cape Cod, funded by an MET grant;
- Expanding the APCC Herring Monitoring Program to new communities and working with MBP, NOAA and DMF to support the use of standardized herring count methodology; and
- Continuing to assist towns and restoration agencies with identification of potential restoration projects, project coordination and coordination of resources.
APCC's grant-writing assistance and support has helped to bring in an estimated $2.8 million in grant support to Cape Cod Bay towns and organizations, not including the $6.5 million in ARRA funding for the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project nor grants to APCC.
Whether or not they are located in the MBP area, all Cape Cod towns have similar coastal issues and needs: nutrient loading of coastal embayments and other water quality impacts, wastewater management, protection and restoration of shellfish areas and aquaculture, restoration and protection of coastal habitat, stormwater management, growth management, protection of water resources, and most recently, climate change impacts, particularly coastal erosion. To address these needs, APCC works with many partners, including but not limited to, the following:
- All 15 towns on Cape Cod
- Americorps of Cape Cod
- Barnstable County Coastal Resources Committee
- Barnstable County Commissioners
- Barnstable County Water Protection Collaborative
- Cape Cod Business Roundtable
- Cape Cod Commission
- Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
- Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Association
- Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts
- Cape Cod Conservation District
- Elected officials
- Environmental League of Massachusetts
- Friends of Herring River, Wellfleet
- Land trusts
- MassBays Program Management Committee
- MA Division of Ecological Restoration
- MA Division of Marine Fisheries MA Office of Coastal Zone Management
- NOAA Restoration Center
- Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies
- River Herring Warden Network
- Senior Environment Corps of Cape Cod
- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
- U.S. Geological Survey
- Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
- Woods Hole Research Center