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Town of Fairhaven Receives $90k Grant for Wastewater Treatment Modifications

December 1, 2014

The Town of Fairhaven received a $90,000 grant as part of the Southeastern New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Nutrient Management Grants Program to help finance a nitrogen reduction pilot study at the Fairhaven Municipal Water Pollution Control Facility.

The grant was awarded at a recent ceremony held at Besse Park in Wareham. With the grant money, the town will evaluate several modifications to its wastewater treatment processes to reduce nitrogen concentrations at the Water Pollution Control Facility to meet new requirements. A pilot study will be conducted at the plant to provide a framework for design and construction of new nitrogen reduction facilities.

The grant application was developed by Fairhaven Wastewater Superintendent Linda Schick, with the assistance of Fay, Spofford & Thorndike. The pilot study will set the stage for a redesign of the wastewater facility that is expected to reduce nitrogen loading to New Bedford inner harbor by more than 100,000 pounds annually. "This is huge for us. It's a first step to reducing the nitrogen levels we put out," Schick said at the award event.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) provided funding for the Southeastern New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program for the waters and watersheds of southeastern New England. The goal of this initiative is to bring together public and private stakeholders to collaborate on initiatives to protect, enhance and restore watersheds along southeastern New England. The geographic area of the Program includes the coastal waters and watershed lands spanning from Westerly, Rhode Island to Pleasant Bay, Massachusetts. The watersheds of Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay, the south side of Cape Cod, and the Islands face similar opportunities and challenges. The Program's goal is to help promote and develop innovative and effective approaches to preserve and restore the region's critical resources.

FST was represented at the event by Robert H. Letourneau, P.E., Senior Principal Engineer, and Ronald L. Porter, Senior Engineer. Also attending and presenting the award to Linda Schick and Vincent Furtado, Fairhaven DPW Superintendent, was U.S. Congressman William Keating.