On December 3, 2015 the Baker-Polito Administration announced $400,000 in grants to support local efforts to assess and treat nonpoint source pollution from roadway runoff and boat waste. The grants, provided by the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), were awarded to Fairhaven, Fall River, Kingston, Medford, Milton and Salem. 

“Pollution in Massachusetts waters affects not only the natural resources, but the economy and quality-of-life in our coastal communities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These grants will help local officials assess nonpoint source pollution issues and fund on-the-ground projects to improve coastal water quality.”

The City of Medford will partner with MyRWA to perform an assessment of opportunities for placement of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) in a single catchment area (429-acre drainage) to the Mystic River to address roadway-related pollution. This subwatershed area was identified in a prior Urban Waters project as having an overlap of high phosphorus loads and high feasibility for installation of BMPs. The proposed work will include desktop GIS analysis, field assessment, identification of best opportunities for BMP’s and development of ten conceptual designs. 

The Mystic River is a critical passage and spawning area for migrating Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and Blueback (Alosa aestivalis) river herring.  And yet this important diadromous fish habitat is significantly impaired by stormwater pollution, leading to eutrophication and reduced-quality spawning and juvenile habitat. This project aims to address stormwater pollution in order to improve herring habitat conditions.