Massachusetts government to allot US$12.6 million grant funding for coastal protection projects

Photo: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

The Massachusetts state government will award US$12.6 million in grants to support 27 local planning and shoreline management projects to aid the state’s coastal communities in preparing for severe coastal storms and other events such as storm surges, flooding, and erosion.

The funding will be provided through the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM).

CZM’s Coastal Resilience Grant Program provides funding and technical assistance for local efforts to evaluate vulnerabilities to climate impacts, increase community awareness, and understanding of these issues, plan for changing conditions, redesign vulnerable community facilities and infrastructure, and restore shoreline systems through non-structural approaches. Grants may fund feasibility assessments, public outreach, design, permitting, construction, and monitoring of projects that enhance or create natural buffers to erosion and flooding.

Among the projects selected to receive grant funding are beach salt marsh restoration, beach nourishment, and wharf upgrade works.

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