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East Providence, RI: Invasive water chestnut covers approximately 60 acres of the water surface at Central Pond on September 2 2022, where SNEP funding will be used in 2023 to help manage the invasive plant and restore open water habitats in the Blackstone and Ten Mile Watersheds. Photo credit: Jason Caswell, RIDEM Drone pilot

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November is National Environmental Awareness Month
This year, EPA celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. In those 50 years, entire water bodies have been transformed by dedicated, holistic efforts to restore prized natural resources for all to enjoy. In the SNEP region, we need to look no further than the Woonasquatucket River to see how such efforts have completely transformed the city. A polluted water way that many avoided has since become a vital resource to the surrounding community because of its successful restoration over decades of targeted, collaborative effort. Similar stories have played out throughout our Region and Nation; but as the image above from East Providence demonstrates, there is still work to be done.

On October 27th, EPA staff attended a joint SWIG-SNEP Network event along Trout Brook in Brockton, MA. Much like the Woonasquatucket River was, Trout Brook is a polluted and disconnected waterway located at the headwaters of the Narraganset Bay Watershed; but through the same targeted, community-based approaches kicked off with support from Southeast New England Program and regional partners, the Trout Brook is well on its way to becoming a similar success story. The EPA-SNEP team is continuing to develop a plan with partners to meet Justice40 goals. Anyone who wishes to provide input into the planning process should contact Adam Reilly.
Program Updates 

On October 13, EPA-SNEP completes seasonal water quality sampling of nine water bodies across Rhode Island (Woonsocket, Tiverton) and Massachusetts (Fall River, New Bedford, North Dartmouth, Acushnet). Water quality samples were taken in support of regional monitoring efforts for harmful algal blooms and will be processed by the EPA Region 1 Lab in Chelmsford, MA. Sampling has paused for the winter but will continue in Spring/Summer of 2023.
On October 19, SNEP hosted a webinar on Climate Safe Neighborhoods in Southcoast, MA and Providence, RI. EPA-SNEP welcomed presentations from the Groundwork Southcoast and Groundwork Rhode Island trusts to present on their Climate Safe Neighborhoods partnership – a national program that brings together thirteen Groundwork trusts to explore the relationship between historical race-based housing segregation and the current and predicted impacts of climate change. For more information on this program, please reference the Climate Safe Neighborhoods website. The webinar was recorded and is now available on the SNEP website.
ICYMI: Mashpee Wampanoag and Mashpee Department of Natural Resources featured in Mashpee TV Documentary. Both entities are currently working with the SNEP Network to collaboratively address nutrient management in Santuit Pond to prevent chronic algal blooms and ensure public use. “The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program focuses on assisting municipalities in planning for climate change and to implement initiatives that reduce vulnerability to climate-related hazards and build resilience in the community and raising awareness of the current issues facing Mashpee's Santuit Pond.”
SNEP Network publishes StoryMap on “Building Community Resilience Through Local Regulations.This StoryMap provides a succinct overview of the Bylaw Review Tool that was recently developed by the SNEP Network and also provides additional instructions and resources in support of the tool.
Regional Updates 

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is proposing to amend the State Environmental Code and promulgate watershed permit regulations. Notice is hereby given that pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is proposing to amend the State Environmental Code, Title 5, 310 CMR 15.000, and promulgate new regulations, titled Watershed Permit Regulations, at 314 CMR 21.00, pursuant to its authority at M.G.L. c. 21A § 13, G.L. c. 21 § 27, and Section 2A of Chapter 259 of the Acts of 2014. MassDEP is proposing to amend the Title 5 regulations to enhance protection of embayments and estuaries—particularly on Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts—from nitrogen pollution originating primarily from wastewater. MassDEP’s proposed regulations at 314 CMR 21.00 provide a watershed permitting approach to control nitrogen and other pollutants from entering the embayments and estuaries. The proposed amendments and regulations are available on MassDEP’s website at: The website also includes information about public meetings to learn more about the proposed changes and opportunities to provide public comment on the proposed amendments.
 Our Partners 

SNEP is proud to offer two subprograms: the SNEP Watershed Implementation Grants (SWIG) program and the SNEP Network, which specialize in and offer funding and technical assistance, respectively, throughout the SNEP region. For more information about these programs, please visit their websites by clicking the icons below.

SNEP Celebrates 2022 Grantees and Technical Assistance Recipients!

The EPA SNEP, SWIG, and SNEP Network teams gathered with regional partners in two separate events over the past two weeks across Rhode Island and Massachusetts to celebrate recipients of SNEP's 2022 grants and technical assistance.  This year, the SWIG program is awarding $1.9 million to 11 innovative projects throughout the SNEP region, while the SNEP Network will support the work of eight communities and a Tribe working on stormwater and climate resilience priorities.


On October 27, SNEP and partners held a similar event in Brockton, MA to celebrate the Massachusetts recipients of SNEP local implementation grants and technical assistance. That event was held at Brockton Iron & Steel, a brownfield area within a community with environmental justice concerns. With SNEP support, the City will redevelop the area for mixed use and restore the floodplain and wetlands of Trout Brook, a tributary of the Taunton River which flows through the site. Speakers at the event included Caleb White from the Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren; Brockton Mayor Robert F. Sullivan; EPA Region 1 Administrator David Cash; Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection Regional Director Millie Garcia-Serrano; and State Rep. Michelle Dubois.

On November 4, Speakers at a Rhode Island event included Sen. Jack Reed, Congs. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, EPA Regional Administrator David Cash, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Providence Parks Director Wendy Nilsson, and RI Dept. of Environmental Management Deputy Chief of Office of Water Resources, Sue Kiernan. Following the speaking program, the Providence Stormwater Innovation Center provided a tour of stormwater installations in Roger Williams Park. The Center received $184,000 from SWIG this year, its second SWIG grant.

Please reference this guide for the complete list of SWIG award recipients.

The SNEP Network awards technical assistance to 8 SNEP communities and 1 Tribe

Through the SNEP Network's 2022 Community Assistance Projects (CAP) Solicitation, the SNEP Network selected 10 projects with 8 SNEP communities and 1 Tribe in which to provide technical assistance. The Community Assistance Projects offer in-depth technical, financial, and training assistance to municipalities, Tribes, and non-profits in the SNEP region to build their local capacity.  During this year, the SNEP Network will offer training and technical assistance with developing conceptual designs for stormwater retrofits, climate resilience planning, sustainable funding/financing, GIS analysis for developing HRU’s to characterize watershed conditions, community engagement, reviewing bylaws, developing a buffer restoration plan, and more! Read the project descriptions for the selected Community Assistance Projects here.
The SNEP Network launches a Buffer Restoration Guide to help property owners who are interested in restoring and improving buffers along a river, pond, lake or the coast

The web-based Buffer Restoration Guide provides communities in Southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island with updated guidance on buffer restoration. The SNEP Network has developed a model of region-wide buffer restoration work and communications strategies based on the Maidford River Pilot Project. The guide also highlights examples of buffer restoration and the SNEP communities that received landscape renderings of restored buffers. Be sure to check out the guide at:  

Stormwater EXPO: SNEP Network Field Presentation- Willow Lake Buffer Planting

The Stormwater EXPO will be held November 30th from 8:30am-3:30pm in Roger Williams Park. There will be an indoor trade show portion of the EXPO with vendors and workshops as well as outdoor field workshops. Field workshops will incorporate existing green infrastructure into presentations. Join SNEP Network Partners, Elizabeth Scott and Wenley Ferguson for a field presentation “Buffer Restoration: Another Tool in the Stormwater Management Toolkit” at the Willow Lake Buffer Planting at 1:45pm. View the presentation schedule here.  

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Recruiting Your Water Workforce: Messaging Practices for Local Government and Utility Employers
Thursday, November 10th, 2022; 10:00am-11:30am | Online Training
Join the Network for a short 1.5-hour training for local government and water utility leaders. A skilled workforce is critical to maintaining public works and water services. Learn about the components of water workforce planning, with a special focus on messaging and recruitment. How can local governments and utilities reach the right people to run your communities and systems? How can we inspire a new generation to take on future challenges?
Stormwater Innovation Expo
November 30, 2022; 8:30a – 3:30p | In person
The event will include presentations about funding and financing opportunities, workshops, and tours while providing ample time to peruse vendor exhibits and talk with stormwater management professionals in public and private practice. A tour of stormwater mitigation installations will be held in the afternoon at the Roger Williams Park by the Providence Stormwater Innovation Center. This year, RIDOT is covering the admission fee for Rhode Island state and municipal employees. If you are in this group, please select the General Admission – State & Municipal Employees ticket option. This year's theme is: Leveraging federal, state, and municipal funding and financing for natural infrastructure and stormwater management.
2022 Coastal & Estuarine Summit
December 4-8, 2022 | Hybrid
Registration is open for the Restore America’s Estuaries 2022 Coastal and Estuarine Summit. In its 11th year, the 2022 Summit will bring together coastal restoration and management communities to explore issues, solutions, and lessons learned in their work. The Summit Program will address all aspects of coastal and estuarine restoration and management, including the Great Lakes and international locales. These topics are crucial as coastal communities pursue new, more robust strategies to effectively manage, protect, and restore their resources in a changing climate. Ensuring these resources, and the communities that rely on them, are resilient now and into the future will be a particular focus.
SNEP Network Webinar: The Town of Charlestown Conservation Development Ordinance
December 1st, 2022 | 11:00am-12:00pm | Virtual Event (Save the Date!)
Join the SNEP Network to learn more about the Town of Charlestown, Rhode Island’s recently adopted Conservation Development Ordinance. For the past two years, the SNEP Network has assisted the town with drafting a conservation development ordinance for new subdivisions that incorporates stormwater management and low impact development (LID) standards. This webinar will highlight the approach, challenges, and lessons learned to getting their conservation development ordinance adopted. Save the date and check back soon on the SNEP Network website to register for the webinar.
13th National Monitoring Conference
April 24-28, 2023 | Hybrid
The National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) is hosting its thirteenth conference on water quality monitoring in Virginia Beach, VA. This conference provides opportunities for water stakeholders – federal, state, tribal and local water professionals, non-profits, academia, industry and water consultants, and volunteer and community scientists – to network, develop new skills and partnerships, and exchange information. The proposed sessions and a short description of each are available at
SNEP now has a new public calendar! Visit the Upcoming Events” tab on the SNEP website to learn more about public meetings and events hosted by SNEP, the Network, SWIG, and our Partners. You can even add events directly to your personal calendar!
New Funding Opportunities 

MIT SeaGrant has developed a new grant program to offer one-year funding opportunities to a host of MA applicants for an amount < $10,000. STREAM proposals are designed for faculty and student applicants from Massachusetts universities, P-12 educators, individuals and artists working with museums and nonprofit organizations, and many others! Applications due November 15, 2022. Learn more at

STREAM Grants will support projects < $10,000:
  • Small research projects aligned with MIT Sea Grant's coastal and marine focus areas;
  • Seed funding for exploratory or innovative efforts in industry, education, extension, or research;
  • Undergraduate or graduate student support to expand an independent or class research project;
  • P-12 initiatives that connect classrooms with coastal or marine science and engineering; and
  • Rapid response projects addressing a current challenge or driver.
Looking for funding resources, but not sure where to start? Have a funding opportunity that you want to better distribute and advertise? Check out EPA’s Water Finance Clearinghouse! The Clearinghouse was developed by EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, an information and assistance center identifying water infrastructure financing approaches that help communities reach their public health and environmental goals.
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About the Program
The Southeast New England Program (SNEP) is an EPA geographic program designed to foster collaboration among regional partners across southeast New England’s coastal watersheds; to support a resilient ecosystem of safe and healthy water, thriving watersheds and natural lands, and sustainable communities by sharing knowledge and resources, promoting innovative approaches, and leveraging economic and environmental investments to meet the needs of current and future generations.

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Program Contacts

Ian Dombroski
SNEP Coordinator,
EPA New England

Adam Reilly
SNEP Communications Coordinator 
EPA New England 

Martha Sheils
Director of the SNEP Network
New England Environmental Finance Center

Tom Ardito
Director of the SNEP Watershed Implementation Grants program
Restore America's Estuaries

For additional information:  
EPA's Southeast New England Program (SNEP)
SNEP Watershed Implementation Grants (SWIG)
SNEP Network
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