The successful implementation of more than two thirds of the PIE-Rivers recommended actions require direct involvement from the region’s municipalities. The Municipal Services Program was launched in 2014 to provide support to towns as they work to implement these actions.
Many of the high priority actions also coincide with new and emerging state and federal regulatory requirements in areas such as water conservation, water infrastructure, stormwater management and road-stream crossings. Cost and staff capacity may be considerable hurdles for many of the region’s municipalities as they work to comply with these regulations. The Municipal Services Program is designed to facilitate cost effective compliance with these requirements in addition to encouraging implementation of best management practices relative to the Partnership’s recommended actions.
The Municipal Services Program focuses on supporting towns in their efforts to:
- understand and comply with existing and new water-related regulatory requirements and
- scope, fund and implement projects that address both municipal and PIE-Rivers priority actions
The primary purpose of this program is to provide towns with tools and/or services that help make compliance, infrastructure improvements and environmental stewardship cheaper and easier. The program has grant funding to help support staff time to scope, initiate and develop preliminary tools through fall 2015. We have some ideas of what might be useful, but we need municipal feedback to identify their needs so we can collectively direct our efforts to the areas of greatest need and opportunity.
- Technical and outreach support for existing and new water-related regulations:
- MS4 compliance: help towns comply with the new 2014 permit;
- Dam safety and maintenance: assist towns with the new dam safety and maintenance rules;
- Road-stream crossing standards: Help incorporate the new crossing standards in planning;
- Water Management Act: Help towns comply with the new 2014 regulations.
- Coastal Resilience Planning: Develop resiliency plans on behalf of the 6 shorefront communities and help incorporate resiliency into planning efforts in the inland communities.
- Flow barrier assessment/prioritization (bridges, culverts, dams): Work with towns to assess risk of failure and flooding, develop preliminary designs and prioritize repair/replacement.
- Low Impact Development & municipal property management: provide technical and educational support through the Greenscapes Program
- Funding Assistance/support: Assist communities in accessing the plethora of existing and new funding opportunities to implement this work.
For more information please contact Kristen Grubbs (firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-412-8200)