City of Fitchburg Awarded Water Supply Protection Grant
With Help from North County Land Trust
On Tuesday, November 26th, at a ceremony in Worcester, the City of Fitchburg was awarded a Water Supply Protection grant in the amount of $178,525 by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The grant, which is to help municipalities protect drinking water supplies, will enable the City to conserve 163 acres of privately owned land in Fitchburg’s northern water supply watershed, located in Ashby and Ashburnham. We are proud to have facilitated this land conservation project and excited to share this beautiful property with the public.
The conservation of this land will augment land already protected in Fitchburg's northern watershed. Of the 163 acres of land to be conserved, 110 acres will be acquired by the City Water Division. The remaining 53-acre parcel will be protected by a conservation restriction, which will increase watershed land under conservation restriction to nearly 250 acres.
Our work has been instrumental in the conservation of watershed land during the past 5 years. Fitchburg Water Division Director, Denis Meunier commented, “NCLT accessed state and federal grant programs and other funding sources which have paid landowners in the watershed to conserve their land. With NCLT’s help, we have been able to significantly increase protection of the northern watershed, at a very low cost to the City.”
With the land conserved through this grant award, we will have helped the City of Fitchburg to protect nearly 450 acres of privately owned land in the City’s northern watershed. We are very pleased about this grant award and we look forward to continued work with the City of Fitchburg to protect their drinking water. In addition to this project in the northern watershed, we are working on additional projects in the City’s southern water supply watershed, located in Hubbardston, Westminster and Princeton.
325 Lindell Avenue - Leominster, MA 01453