Massachusetts Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership
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Corporate Board Members. Procter & Gamble/Gillette (Chair); Goulston & Storrs (Vice Chair); New England Development (Treasurer); Dominion; ENSR International; Environmental Business Council of New England; Foley Hoag LLP; General Electric Company; Horsley Witten Group; Island Alliance; National Grid; and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin.
Background. In 1999, EPA Region 1, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, and The Gillette Company jointly launched the Massachusetts Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership, the first CWRP chapter in the nation. The first CWRP project restored of 40 acres of the Sagamore Salt Marsh in Bourne, and was achieved with a donation to the CWRP from The Gillette Company, which added to primary funding by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Geological Survey Service (federal Coastal America agencies), and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs. Senator John Kerry announced the expansion of the CWRP through the New England region in January 2000. We’re completing our tenth year of aquatic habitat conservation in Massachusetts, and have inspired programs nationally and internationally.
Partner Contributions. Besides donations of time and money, companies donate technical and legal expertise, project services, and equipment to the variety of tasks required in restoration work, such as field surveys, hydrologic modeling, engineering, and construction activities (excavation, channel and culvert work, design of fish passages). CWRP participants directly assist local project sponsors, often municipalities or environmental organizations, that strive to revitalize the state’s wetland heritage, re-open former fish passages, and increase the biodiversity in these highly productive natural areas. CWRP companies are part of the project team, which includes state and federal restoration program professionals. CWRP companies also arrange aquatic habitat educational opportunities for local students in conjunction with the state and federal agency partners, and organizations such as the New England Aquarium.
Benefits. The benefits of company participation include, first and foremost, the valuable habitat restoration itself, tangible community improvements, demonstration of environmental as well as social stewardship, as well as publicity and recognition for those that helped the project succeed. For the employees, it offers an opportunity to be identified with a conservation program that advances biodiversity close to home. The value of the donation, whether in-kind or cash, are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Contacts and Links. For information on where your company can make a difference, contact George L. Olson, MA CWRP Chairman; Tel. 781.292.8141; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Links to descriptions of wetlands and aquatic habitat restoration projects: http://www.mass.gov/czm/wrp/index.htm; http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/river/
For more information about the MA CWRP, please contact the MA CWRP State Lead: George Olson
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