Local Projects Included in $2B Senate Environmental Bond Bill

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate passed a $2 billion environmental bond bill last week and several local projects were included to receive funding.

The bill funds climate change adaptation programs and aims to improve existing climate resilient infrastructure.

State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) included amendments for $6 million in funding.

“The storms and damage caused by this past winter demonstrated that we need to invest in our coastal infrastructure,” deMacedo said. “Our coastal communities bore the brunt of that storm damage and I am proud that the Legislature, working with Governor Baker, was able to identify this area of need and provide this funding.”

Projects include $2 million for seawall and revetment work on Long Beach in Plymouth; $1 million for the reconstruction of the boardwalk at Town Neck Beach in Sandwich; $1.3 million for connecting the Shining Sea Bikeway in North Falmouth to the Cape Cod Canal; $1 million to rebuild the seawall at Waterfront Park in Falmouth; $500,000 to remove the dam on Jones River in Kingston; and $133,000 for a feasibility study in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers for the restoration of a salt marsh in Bourne.

The bill will now be reconciled with a version passed by the House of Representatives.

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