Rockingham, Brookline receive water quality grants

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ROCKINGHAM — Rockingham and Brookline were two of 18 recipients of grants to assist municipalities in mitigation efforts through the Municipal Highway and Stormwater Mitigation Program.

"These grant funds will help support critical infrastructure improvements that are so important to the state's clean water initiatives," said Gov. Phil Scott. "As we take an 'all-in' approach to protecting Vermont's waterways, I appreciate the work of VTrans to offer this grant program and support our municipalities."

Rockingham received $300,000 toward the purchase of a high-efficiency vactor truck, which is used to clean and maintain sewer lines. The town is responsible for $75,000 toward the total purchase price of $375,000.

Brookline received $188,000 for the design and construction of a town salt shed. Brookline's local contribution toward the project is $47,000.

The program funds projects throughout the state with a range of transportation issues that affect water quality, including scoping for phosphorous control plans, the purchase of high-efficiency sewer equipment, and the scoping, design, and/or construction of culverts, salt sheds, drainage systems, and other stormwater management practices.

"We are pleased to offer this new grant program to assist municipalities with their stormwater mitigation goals," said Joe Flynn, Transportation Secretary for VTrans. "We are committed to doing our part to improve the quality of state waters."

To view all awarded projects, or for additional information on VTrans' Municipal Highway and Stormwater Mitigation Program, visit vtrans.vermont.gov/highway/Municipal-Highway-and-Stormwater-Mitigation-Program. There will be another opportunity to apply for funding through this program in the summer of 2018.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.

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