A Winning Collaboration

MMA BBC TEAM AT SNEP

(L-R) Kevin Bartsch, Stormwater Coordinator, Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (BBay NEP); Dr. Kevin Hefferan, MMA Oceanographer; Dr. Joe Costa, Director BBay NEP; Prof. Bill Hubbard, MMA Principal Investigator for SNEP Grant; Millie Garcia-Serrano, MA DEP Southeast Regional Director; Fran Veale, MMA Chair MSSEP/SNEP Grant Manager; Maura Flaherty '19, Stormwater Team Supervisor for SNEP grant.

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $2.3 million in new funding to organizations working for clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems in Southeast New England. The funding is provided under the 2019 Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Watershed Grants. 

Last week, Massachusetts Maritime Academy was among six other Massachusetts organizations to receive funding for programs and projects that will benefit the Commonwealth’s communities while restoring our environment. The awardees include municipalities, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions, each of which is leading an innovative, high-impact project of regional importance. "We are uniquely situated to provide coastal marine science skills and techniques to support ecological management decisions to our surrounding communities. Our students learn while Buzzards Bay health is improved. This is a wonderful example of our community involvement” says Dr. Brigid Pavilonis, MMA’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.