Navigational Dredging Pilot Program Approved

BOSTON – A new pilot program to support dredging in coastal communities during the 2018 season has been passed by the Baker/Polito Administration.

The ‘Navigational Dredging Pilot Program’ will provide up to $4 million in grants to municipalities with shovel-ready projects for salt water dredging of public waterways that benefit local economies.

The effort will enable coastal communities to pursue projects in the immediate dredging season, beginning in September. Funding for the effort comes through the MassWorks Infrastructure Grant Program, the state’s signature infrastructure program.

Projects will be evaluated based on readiness, direct economic impact, and local match.

Specifically, the state will be looking to support projects that: advance economic development opportunities in designated port areas and developed harbors; support commercial, tourism and recreational opportunities; increase public access and safety on waterways and harbors; demonstrate environmental benefits; and are consistent with the Commonwealth’s Sustainable Development Principles.

Completed applications are due to the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development by August 3rd.

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