Adams, Great Barrington Receive Water Project Loan Forgiveness Funds

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ADAMS, Mass. — Adams received $1,188,354 in loan forgiveness and Great Barrington Received $486,968 in loan forgiveness.
Both towns are making upgrades to their wastewater treatment plants.
State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (Trust) Board of Trustees, announced on Dec.14, 2022, that more than $107.3 million in grants were awarded for 43 projects in 35 communities across the Commonwealth.
The grant funds are awarded to cities, towns, counties, and water utilities to help pay for improvements to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.
"These grants will support vital water infrastructure projects throughout the state," said State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg. "This investment furthers our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of all Massachusetts residents by providing access to clean drinking water in even more communities this coming year."
The grant amounts are to be provided as loan forgiveness and are awarded by project category to provide much needed financial assistance towards high priority projects.
In Adams, funds will be used in the repair, replacement, and refurbishment of various systems of the Adams Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) as defined in the 2020 Capital Needs Assessment Report to address stringent NPDES permit limits, reduce nutrient discharges, and ensure the integrity of the plant. 
The Adams WWTF has been in operation since 1968, with limited capital improvements occurring in 2006. The Town of Adams has performed general maintenance and rebuilt equipment to maintain WWTF operation; however, many components have far exceeded their anticipated life expectancy. This project serves to repair and replace aging process equipment and infrastructure to allow the WWTF to continue serving the community and reliably protecting the environment in the future.
The total loan amount is $6,829,620.
In Great Barrington, funds will be used in part of a 20-year capital improvement plan to upgrade and modernize the Great Barrington wastewater collection system. The Town recently completed a long-term planning study that recommended improvements to its pump stations to extend their useful life, ensure long-term functionality, and permit compliance. 
The key components of the project include upgrades to pump stations at the following four locations: Cone Avenue, Risingdale, South Main Street, and Fairgrounds. 
The total loan amount is $4,508,962.
Additionally, communities that qualify as "Disadvantaged Communities", determined by an affordability metric that ranks each community in the Commonwealth, will receive additional loan forgiveness funds to ensure that subsidy is given to the communities that need it most. The Trust understands certain communities face exceptional environmental and financial challenges. By utilizing loan forgiveness, this can minimize the fiscal impact of these vital water infrastructure projects.
"All Massachusetts residents should have reliable access to safe drinking water and structurally sound water resources in their communities," said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan. "We are pleased to put federal American Rescue Act funds to work toward financing infrastructure initiatives that will bring long-lasting benefits to water systems in these 35 municipalities."
The Trust, in collaboration with MassDEP, helps communities build or replace water infrastructure that enhances ground and surface water resources, ensures the safety of drinking water, protects public health and develops resilient communities. It accomplishes these objectives by providing low-interest loans and grants to cities, towns and water utilities through the Massachusetts State Revolving Funds (SRFs). The SRF programs are partnerships between the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. SRFs function like an environmental infrastructure bank by financing water infrastructure projects in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.

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Mass Audubon Sole Respondent for Greylock Glen Programmer

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — Mass Audubon was the sole respondent to the town's request for proposals to provide "place-based environmental education" at the Greylock Glen Outdoor Center.
The Lincoln-based non-profit returned an in-depth plan with a six-year project timeline. Mass Audubon was among the collaborators with the town in the early planning process for the 1,063-acre glen, of which about 50 acres is being developed. 
It notes that the programs envisioned for the center — lectures, summit hikes, school field trips, bird walks and the like — would be tailored to demand as time goes by.
"[O]ur staff are trained to utilize a community engagement approach to understand from residents and other key constituents what they hope to learn and do where we operate environmental education programming," Mass Audubon's letter of intent reads, in part. "This data helps to inform how we design and implement program portfolios that meet our desired outcomes."
Town Administrator Jay Green said Friday that town staff will review the proposal before a likely presentation from Mass Audubon to the Board of Selectmen, which will decide whether to enter into lease negotiations with the non-profit.
Mass Audubon's proposed lease agreement calls for a zero dollar annual payment to the town for a five-year period beginning April 1, 2024.
A letter signed by Mass Audubon President David O'Neill explained that the non-profit deviated from the town's request for a 10-year lease because of unknowns related to the Glen development project.
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