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Massachusetts: Local Towns Receive Coastal Resiliency Money

HYANNIS – The state is awarding coastal communities grants to combat the impact of climate change. Twenty-one projects will share $2.4 million.

“Massachusetts coastal communities face significant challenges with adapting to climate change impacts, such as sea level rise and increasingly severe storms,” Governor Charlie Baker said.

“These projects underscore our administration’s continued commitment to work with Massachusetts communities to develop and implement local solutions that address current and future risks to infrastructure and developed and natural areas along the coast.”

Chatham received $51,666 to analyze data and models to reduce erosion and protect endangered and threatened shorebirds.

The town will also receive $70,050 on behalf of the Pleasant Bay Alliance to help salt marshes keep pace with the sea level rising in the bay.

Eastham was given $149,014 to perform a targeted vulnerability assessment of Dyer Prince Road, Bridge Road, Samoset Road, and Smith Lane/Route 6.

The work will help identify risks to infrastructure and resources along the roads and to identify strategies in the future to prevent damage from tides, storm surges, and the rising sea level.

Nantucket received $42,225 to design long term protection for Polpis Road at Sesachacha Pond.

$138,396 were granted to Oak Bluffs to assess shore protection options along the harbor shoreline.

Tisbury was provided with $129,951 for the evaluation and strategic planning for the Vineyard Haven Harbor Shoreline.

Wareham received $151,140 to develop final engineering plans of their overflow lagoon at the Water Pollution Control Facility, which would reduce the potential of sewage flowing into the Agawam River.

Wellfleet is getting $115,000 and will partner with Provincetown, Truro, and Eastham to create a inter-municipal management system. This management system aims to sustain around 35 miles of shoreline at Cape Cod Bay.

See CapeCod.com article . . .