Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1.8 Million for Coastal Communities to Improve Climate Change Resilience

BOSTON – August 17, 2016 – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced over $1.8
million in funding to support local efforts to prepare for and reduce the impacts
from coastal storms and climate change, including 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. «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.»

«Our coastal communities are on the front lines for coastal flooding and storm
damage impacts,» said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. «These grants recognize the
local commitment to addressing the problem and adapting to changing conditions,
while providing the necessary funding and support to achieve real results.»

These grants, provided by the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), were awarded
to Beverly, Boston, Dennis, Harwich, Ipswich, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, New Bedford,
Newburyport, Orleans, Plymouth, Quincy, Salem, Scituate, Swampscott, Truro, Wareham,
Weymouth and Winthrop. Over $7 million has previously been awarded to communities
and nonprofits through these grants, supporting 52 projects along the coast.

«Storm damage, erosion and flooding adversely affect all of our coastal communities
and climate change has and will increasingly exacerbate these impacts,» said Energy
and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. «Through these grants, we are
supporting local efforts to plan for and manage risks to coastal development,
beaches and natural resources that are essential to the quality of life and economy
of Massachusetts.»

CZM’s Coastal Resilience Grant Program provides financial and technical support for
innovative local efforts to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts,
plan for changing conditions, redesign vulnerable infrastructure and implement
measures that use natural or non-structural approaches as an alternative to hard
structures like seawalls and groins. Grants can be used for planning, public
outreach and feasibility assessment and analysis of shoreline, as well as for
design, permitting, construction and monitoring of projects that provide storm
damage protection and enhance natural resources.

«Through the Coastal Resilience Grant Program, CZM works directly with communities
to develop solutions to the difficult and expanding problems of coastal erosion and
storm damage,» said CZM Director Bruce Carlisle. «We are thankful for the local
commitment to addressing climate change impacts and look forward to sharing the
techniques developed through these projects with other coastal communities to help
them address similar issues.»

The following 19 projects have been funded in this new grant round.

Beverly

Project: Beverly Waterfront Resiliency Project, $89,981

Description: The City of Beverly will identify climate change risks and develop
preliminary strategies to protect the most vulnerable public infrastructure and
critical facilities from flooding and sea level rise.

Boston

Project: Acting on Climate Ready Boston Recommendations – Priority Flood Mitigation
in East Boston and Charlestown, $227,000

Description: The City of Boston will build on the vulnerability assessment developed
through the Climate Ready Boston project and develop and design nature-based coastal
resiliency strategies for two priority sites: The East Boston Greenway and
Charlestown’s Schrafft site.

Dennis

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.

Harwich

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.

Ipswich

Project: Ipswich River Coastal Resiliency and Coastal Bank Stabilization Pilot
Project Phase I, $63,300

Description: The Town of Ipswich will assess areas along the Ipswich River that are
vulnerable to erosion and sea level rise impacts and evaluate the feasibility of
nature-based stabilization techniques to help protect critical roadways and
utilities.

Marshfield

Project: Assessing Alternatives for Reducing Flooding within Green Harbor River
Estuarine System through the Optimization of the Tide Gates Located on Dyke Road,
$71,250

Description: The Town of Marshfield will evaluate modifications to the culvert and
tide gate structure on Dyke Road under existing and future sea level rise conditions
to address flooding issues and enhance ecological resources by improving tidal flow
and flood storage capacity within the Green Harbor River estuary.

Mattapoisett

Project: Addressing Mattapoisett’s Potable Water Infrastructure Vulnerabilities at
the Pease’s Point Water Main Crossing, $47,625

Description: The Town of Mattapoisett will assess beach stability under a range of
sea level rise and hurricane conditions at Fresh Pond Cove and quantify coastal
hazard risk to an existing exposed water main that traverses the beach from Pease’s
Point to Point Connett. Modeling results will be used to help determine options for
relocating the water main crossing to ensure service and water quality will be
maintained in the two neighborhoods.

New Bedford

Project: West Rodney French Boulevard Beach Nourishment Project, $168,750

Description: The City of New Bedford will evaluate and design a beach nourishment
restoration project along three armored sections of West Rodney French Boulevard
that are particularly vulnerable to erosion and tidal impacts.

Newburyport

Project: Newburyport Dune Restoration and Beach Access Improvement Project, $78,400

Description: The City of Newburyport will prepare design plans for dune restoration
and an elevated beach access structure to provide critical storm buffering to
low-lying neighborhoods while maintaining beach access. Educational signage will
also be installed to communicate the importance of vegetated dunes and maintain dune
integrity.

Orleans

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.

Plymouth

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.

Quincy

Project: Adaptation Alternatives for the Germantown Neighborhood, $67,500

Description: The City of Quincy will develop and prioritize climate adaptation
strategies for protecting Palmer Street and surrounding water resource and utility
infrastructure serving the Germantown neighborhood.

Salem

Project: Salem Collins Cove Bioengineering with Coir Rolls and Sea Grass Planting,
$54,665

Description: The City of Salem will fully design and permit a bioengineering project
using coir rolls with natural vegetation along the southern portion of Collins Cove
to provide a more natural buffer to erosion from storm surge and wave forces.

Scituate

Project: Evaluating Roadway Elevation Improvements and Dune/Beach Nourishment along
North Humarock Beach for Improved Coastal Resiliency, $103,500

Description: The Town of Scituate will evaluate beach and dune nourishment
alternatives and roadway elevation improvements along a low-lying area of Central
Avenue on North Humarock Beach to provide storm damage protection for repetitively
damaged public infrastructure.

Swampscott

Project: Waterfront Access Elevation and Flood Protection Project, $103,000

Description: The Town of Swampscott will develop design plans and permit
applications for improvements to several of its waterfront access ways that have
been identified as primary pathways for coastal flooding from storm surge and sea
level rise.

Truro

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.

Wareham

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.

Weymouth

Project: Puritan Road Flood Mitigation and Ecological Resilience, $51,504

Description: The Town of Weymouth will prepare final design plans and permit
documents for replacing a persistently collapsing culvert at Puritan Road and
«daylighting» a portion of the Weymouth Back River to reduce flooding and restore
the tidal creek to a more natural condition.

Winthrop

Project: Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of Infrastructure, $165,000

Description: The Town of Winthrop will evaluate the vulnerability of critical public
infrastructure to coastal flooding and sea level rise and develop conceptual designs
for adaptation strategies at up to five priority locations.

«As a representative of a coastal community I am acutely aware of how important
these projects are,» said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). «These funds
give the Commonwealth the tools to proactively respond to climate change and to help
us to guard against the risks inherent to natural disasters. I thank the Baker
Administration for its foresight and vigilance in prioritizing coastal protection.»

«I am thrilled to finally have a solution for this inlet at Ellisville Beach
Harbor,» said State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth). «This has been a
challenging area for many years, and this funding provides a step forward in helping
us protect this unique marshland from being choked off from tidal waters due to
storm damage.»

«The Office of Coastal Zone Management’s Costal Resilience Grant Program will help
Plymouth develop and improve infrastructure to combat coastal erosion,» said State
Representative Mathew Muratore (R-Plymouth). «Ellisville Harbor will benefit greatly
from the grant program to improve the health and stability of the salt marsh
ecosystem.»

«Coastal communities face many challenges and risks associated with changing weather
patterns, erosion, and flooding all of which require monitoring and action,» said
Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R- Gloucester). «These grants provide important
resources to allow towns and cities to take thoughtful and proactive steps to
comprehensively pursue effective measures to deal with these threats and protect and
preserve important resources and infrastructure.»

«Our coastal communities are regularly affected by storm surges, flooding and beach
erosion,» said State Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). «The coastal resilience
grant funding will help address the ongoing impacts from flooding and sea level rise
in the South Shore communities and I’m happy to see these investments in the
Marshfield, Scituate and Weymouth coastal projects.»

«I want to commend the work of our local officials, including Scituate’s Tricia
Vinchesi and Nancy Durfee and Marshfield’s Jay Wennemer and Rod Procaccino, for
developing outstanding coastal grant proposals,» said State Representative Jim
Cantwell (D-Marshfield). «I am grateful Governor Baker, EEA Secretary Beaton, and
CZM Director Carlisle are continuing to prioritize forward thinking investments
along our coasts. These grants will support smart efforts to protect lives and
property from encroaching seas and extreme storms.»

«With the erosion issues that have long plagued coastal communities, this funding
will go a long way in taking proactive measures to slow down the effects of adverse
weather condition,» said State Representative Brad Rill (R-Ipswich). «I commend the
Baker-Polito Administration for recognizing the needs of so many communities across
the Commonwealth.»

The Massachusetts Office Coastal Zone Management is the lead policy and planning
agency on coastal and ocean issues within the Executive Office of Energy and
Environmental Affairs. Through planning, technical and grant assistance and public
information programs, CZM seeks to balance the impacts of human activity with the
protection of coastal and marine resources. The agency’s work includes helping
coastal communities address the challenges of storms, sea level rise and other
effects of climate change; working with state, regional and federal partners to
balance current and new uses of ocean waters while protecting ocean habitats and
promoting sustainable economic development; and partnering with communities and
other organizations to protect and restore coastal water quality and habitats.