SouthCoastToday reports on the recent announcement of the release of $6.6 million in New Bedford Harbor Trustee Council funding. All 3 of the projects Mayor Scott W. Lang lobbied for during the council’s funding process will be funded.
The council funding comes from a “natural resource damage settlement” that was reached after electrical parts manufacturers contaminated the harbor for decades.
The funding will benefit 6 local projects:
- $2.9 million for an Acushnet Riverwalk that will run along the North End shoreline before crossing over the Coggeshall Street Bridge into Fairhaven.
- $100,000 for ecological restoration of Palmer’s Island in New Bedford.
- $1.1 million for ecological restoration of the Acushnet Sawmill property in Acushnet.
- $600,000 for the 46.6-acre LaPalme Farm purchase and restoration in Acushnet.
- $1.3 million to jump-start the restoration of the Round Hill Marsh in Dartmouth.
- $485,440 to continue work on three Buzzards Bay islands to provide protection and restoration of common and roseate terns, which is a rare species. The population was harmed by the original release of hazardous substances and continues to be at risk.