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EPA awards $4.6 million for coastal communities in Rhode Island

SNEP hosts press event at project site: "Waterfront Access & Green Infrastructure at Public Street for the S. Providence Green Justice Zone". From Left to Right (Tom Ardito – Restore America’s Estuaries, Sue Kiernan - Administrator of the DEM Office of Water Resources, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Providence Mayor Brett Smiley, David Cash – EPA Region 1 Administrator ,U.S. Rep. Seth Magaziner, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Elizabeth Scott - SNEP Network, Monica Huertes - Providence Racial & Environmental Justice Committee and Executive Director, The People’s Port.

Increased funding from President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda will support water infrastructure and climate resiliency projects

Rhode Island communities will get $4.6 million in new funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency to help protect the area’s coastal waters and watersheds. Communities throughout the state will also get added technical assistance and partnerships with local organizations working for clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems in Southeast New England.

More than $2 million of this new funding is provided to the Southeast New England Program (SNEP) under two separate SNEP funding sources: President Biden’s November 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) which is providing funds for projects across the country to improve climate resiliency and address infrastructure upgrades; and through annual Congressional appropriations to SNEP.

“Rhode Island’s senior elected officials continue to do a fantastic job crafting great solutions for the challenges facing our coastal waters – and this funding is a result of their hard work and creativity,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator David W. Cash. “These projects announced today will advance EPA’s and the Ocean State’s commitment to investing in underserved communities. With this funding, we are quickly developing a strong network of partners working to restore southeastern New England’s coast and support our coastal communities.”

The SNEP Network is administered through EPA’s partnership with the New England Environmental Finance Center, a non-profit technical assistance provider for EPA Region 1.

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