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Grants awarded to coastal projects

Several local ecosystem projects will benefit from $110,000 in MassBays National Estuary Program grants. The grants include $33,000 for the Mystic River Watershed Association’s restoration aimed at returning migrating fish such as herring; $27,715 to Salem State University for its Salem Harbor water improvement efforts; $18,000 to the Ipswich River Watershed Association to identify streamflow and tidal exchange projects; $15,740 to the Trustees of Reservations for field work in the Parker River Estuary to improve marsh habitat; and $15,545 for the Massachusetts Oyster Project to strengthen its sustainable oyster education effort in Gloucester and replicate the program in Marblehead.

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David Rattigan can be reached at drattigan.globe@gmail.com.