RICHMOND — The Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers Stewardship Council is offering grants of up to $4,000 available to organizations and individuals interested in protecting, preserving, and enhancing the federally designated Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed. The grant applications must be submitted by Dec. 29.

Top values of the Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers include land acquisition or management activities, free flowing rivers, water quality, ecosystems, hydrology/geology, cultural and scenic/recreation. Reimbursing costs associated with appraising or closing on conservation properties are acceptable. Eligible applicants include non-profits, municipalities and educators.

Eligible locations for projects are within the watershed towns, including Exeter, Charlestown, Hopkinton, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, West Greenwich, and Westerly in Rhode Island, along with North Stonington, Sterling, Stonington, and Voluntown in Connecticut.

Help in writing the two-page grant application is available from members of the stewardship council. To apply or for more information, visit WPWildRivers.org or contact Kassi Donnelly, at WPWildRivers@WPWA.org.

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