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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: August 1, 2012
CONTACT: Holly Green, (603) 271-3114

Grant Funding Available to Protect Drinking Water Supply Lands in the Southern I-93 Corridor and Lake Massabesic Watershed

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) announced today that just over $1.5 million is available this fall for grants to protect drinking water supply lands in the southern I-93 corridor communities of Salem, Windham, Derry, Londonderry and Manchester and in the Lake Massabesic Watershed, which includes portions of Auburn, Hooksett, Candia and Chester.

The money comes from a fund established to offset impacts to wetlands and streams associated with the widening of Interstate 93 between the Massachusetts border in Salem and the I-93/I-293 interchange in Manchester. Through an agreement with the NH Department of Transportation, this grant money is 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 public drinking water supplies.

Eligibility applications are due October 1, 2012. DES will notify eligible applicants by October 31, 2012 and final applications will be due December 1, 2012. 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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