Feature – Announcing PREPA Grant Awardees

Back in March, PREP announced a one-time grants program to assist communities in implementing the 2015 PREPA recommendations. This month, PREP is excited to announce 11 communities within the region were granted awards totaling nearly $85,000! 

The communities and a summary of their projects are listed in the table below. Projects range from increasing shoreland setbacks for primary structures, adopting fertilizer application setbacks, adopting the Southeast Watershed Alliance model stormwater management regulations, and applying to the FEMA Community Rating System as a way to prepare and adapt to climate change. Each of these projects will improve protections for water quality and reduce inconsistencies in regulations across the region.

The projects all address one or more of the recommended actions from the 2015 PREPA report published earlier this year. The recommended actions were designed to address gaps or inconsistencies in natural resource protections within the region and are tailored for each community based on the assessment questions. Town by town recommendations can be found within the subwatershed reports.

The entire report, plus the 7 subwatershed reports are available for download in interactive PDF format from the PREPA website. In addition, PREP made a commitment to have all the data from the assessment form downloadable and interactive so on the PREPA website you can explore the data point by point, download charts, maps and graphs as well as search by town. This is part of PREP’s ongoing commitment to data accessibility and online real-time data. We’d LOVE feedback as you explore the site and the reports – email Jill.Farrell@unh.edu with any and all feedback, we’d especially love to hear HOW you are using the data.

Would you like a hardcopy of the report? Please email Jill.Farrell@unh.edu and request a copy.

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.