Six Local Towns Awarded Coastal Resiliency Grants

Nauset Beach

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BOSTON – Several local towns have received over a half million dollars in funding for projects to prepare for and reduce the impacts of coastal storms and climate change.

The Baker-Polito Administration announced $1.8 million of grants through the Office of Coastal Zone Management for 19 projects across the state to deal with storm surge, flooding, erosion and sea level rise.

“Massachusetts is taking a leading role in understanding and preparing for climate change impacts like sea level rise and coastal flooding,” said Governor Charlie Baker in a statement. “These coastal resilience grants are an excellent example of these efforts, providing direct funding and technical assistance to help our coastal communities address these issues in a pragmatic and proactive way.”

Local towns receiving funding include Dennis, Harwich, Orleans, Plymouth, Truro and Wareham.

The awards for each town and project details can be found below.


Project: Salt Marsh Pilot Restoration through the Beneficial Re-Use of Dredged Material, $22,750

Description: The Town of Dennis will evaluate, design and prepare permit applications for a pilot project on Stage Island and West Dennis Beach to determine whether the beneficial re-use of dredged material is an effective means of combating marsh losses and restoring storm protection functions.


Project: Planning for Resilience at Saquatucket Harbor, $187,500

Description: The Town of Harwich will prepare site plans, architectural drawings and permit applications for improvements to landside municipal facilities bordering Saquatucket Harbor to accommodate increased flooding and sea level rise.


Project: Design, Permitting and Public Education in Support of Phased Retreat at Nauset Public Beach, $27,000

Description: The Town of Orleans will survey, design and develop permit applications to enhance dunes and relocate facilities at Nauset Public Beach that are currently vulnerable to coastal storm damage and sea level rise, while maintaining recreation and public access to the shoreline.


Project: Evaluating Inlet Stabilization at Ellisville Harbor, $111,000

Description: The Town of Plymouth will assess structural and non-structural stabilization alternatives to allow for a more sustainable tidal inlet system at Ellisville Harbor and maximize the health of the salt marsh.


Project: Mapping Inundation Pathways to Provide Communities with Real-time Coastal Flood Forecasts: A Pilot Project with the National Weather Service, $35,007

Description: The Town of Truro will identify low-lying flooding pathways under current and future storm conditions and incorporate mapping data on a town website as well as the Southern New England Weather Forecast Office’s inundation mapping webpage. The town will also install a tide staff and provide the public and local emergency responders with real-time forecasts of the heights, locations and pathways of coastal storm flooding.


Project: Permit Level Designs for Three Priority Pump Stations, $150,000

Description: The Town of Wareham will develop permit-level designs for retrofit measures at three of its most critical pump stations to remain operational during future storm events and help minimize public health and environmental risks.

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