Grant will help improve health of Farm Pond in Oak Bluffs

An enlarged culvert is expected to improve the health of the pond. — Photo by Christy Aumer

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary (EEA) Rick Sullivan announced Tuesday almost $600,000 in grants from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) for projects to protect and restore rivers, watersheds, and wildlife across the Commonwealth.

“For over two decades, the Massachusetts Environmental Trust has been leading the charge in conservation efforts to protect the vital waterways of Massachusetts,” said Secretary Sullivan. “These projects are made possible by the collaborative efforts of communities and conservation partners, working together with the Commonwealth to maintain and protect our clean waters for generations to come.”

The grants include $50,000 for engineering and permitting for an improved opening between Farm Pond and Nantucket Sound. The larger opening will improve water quality and enhance shellfish beds, EEA said.