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The Town of Southampton will accept applications for the CPF Water Quality Improvement Projects through July 13, 2018. Applicants should visit the Town website at www.southamptontownny.gov/WQIPP to download the application. There is also a checklist with detailed narratives on what supporting information is required.The Water Quality Advisory Committee will rank and score projects based on scoring criteria contained in the application materials. The Committee expects to receive applications ranging from storm water and drainage improvements to wastewater treatment and aquatic habitat restoration projects. The Town Board will hold public hearings for projects that exceed $50,000.00. The funding source, an estimated $10 million per year, will come from 20% of the annual 2% CPF transfer tax on properties that was approved by voters to help restore water quality. “This new and innovative use of CPF revenue will help broaden our solutions to the degradation of surface and groundwater throughout the Town in order to make real progress improving our water quality,” states Community Preservation Fund Program Manager Mary Wilson.The application program will likely be conducted on a quarterly basis, in addition to the Town issuing Requests for Proposals for specific water quality projects in concert with the ongoing Innovative/Alternative septic rebate program.“We now have the ability to address our groundwater and surface water contributions to include projects that directly address contributing contaminant sources to include runoff, bay sea water exchange and other infrastructure to begin to roll back the past degradation of our waterways and drinking water sources,” said Southampton Town Councilman John Bouvier, the liaison to the Community Preservation Fund. “We are working from every angle to encourage innovation and share our experiences with other Towns on Long Island and beyond that struggle with the same issues,” explained Janice Scherer, Assistant Town Planning Director.For more information visit the Town website or contact Janice Scherer at firstname.lastname@example.org