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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: March 31, 2011
CONTACT: Holly Green, (603) 271-3114;
Sarah Pillsbury, (603) 271-1168

DOT and DES offering grants to protect drinking water supply lands in the southern I-93 corridor and Lake Massabesic Watershed

Concord, NH – Through an agreement with New Hampshire Department of Transportation, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) has $3 million in federal funds for the protection of drinking water supply lands in the Lake Massabesic watershed and in the I-93 corridor communities of Salem, Windham, Derry, Londonderry and Manchester as part of a mitigation program for the I-93 widening project. The Lake Massabesic watershed includes portions of Auburn, Hooksett, Candia and Chester.

The grant money will be administered by DES’s Water Supply Land Protection Grant Program. In this program, municipalities and non-profit land trusts may apply for grants to cover up to 25 percent of the cost of purchasing land or conservation easements critical to the quality of their public drinking water supply.

The money comes from a fund established to offset impacts to wetlands associated with the widening of Interstate 93 between the Massachusetts border in Salem and the I-93/I-293 interchange in Manchester.

Eligibility applications are due September 1, 2011. DES will notify eligible applicants by October1, 2011 and final applications will be due November 1, 2011. Grants will be awarded based on priority ranking and availability of funding.

More information on these grants, including a map of the eligible land, and copies of application forms are available on-line at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/dwspp/land_acqui/index.htm or by contacting Holly Green at (603) 271-3114 or holly.green@des.nh.gov.

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