Green Infrastructure Grants Awarded
On May 30, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan announced nearly $1.3 million in funding through CZM’s Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Pilot Grant Program to support community-based efforts to reduce risks associated with coastal storms, erosion, and sea level rise through natural and nonstructural approaches called green infrastructure. The nine grant award recipients are Barnstable, Brewster, Chilmark, Duxbury Beach Reservation, Gosnold, Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, Newbury, Plymouth, and Scituate. Projects funded this year include building and enhancing dunes and beaches, planting beach grass and other erosion-control vegetation, building ribbed mussel reefs, and implementing bioengineering techniques that stabilize eroding shorelines. Results of these pilot projects will provide valuable information for ongoing implementation and evolution of living shoreline and green best practices. For more information on this year’s Green Infrastructure Grants, see the EEA press release.
Each year, coastal communities in Massachusetts experience coastal storm damages to property, infrastructure, and natural resources, along with associated economic disruptions. These impacts are projected to worsen and broaden with the effects of climate change. Coastal structures including seawalls and revetments have been constructed to control erosion and flooding with the eventual loss of fronting beaches and neighboring properties. Natural approaches can provide coastal storm damage protection and enhance natural resources. To help communities address these issues, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is administering the Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Pilot Grants Program through its StormSmart Coasts program. This grant program provides financial and technical resources to advance the understanding and implementation of natural approaches to mitigating coastal erosion and flooding problems. Grants will support the planning, feasibility assessment, design, permitting, construction, and monitoring/evaluation of green infrastructure projects that implement natural or living shoreline approaches.
As part of the Patrick Administration’s continued efforts for coordinated climate change preparedness, funding is available for a second round of grants under this program. A new Request for Responses will be issued this fall.
Click on the links below to view past Green Infrastructure project summaries:
CZM encourages applicants to review the following information when developing a proposal for this grant program:
- Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report - This 2011 report provides a broad overview of climate change impacts and includes a coastal chapter with a range of potential strategies to address sea level rise and coastal storms. Applicants are encouraged to review this report and demonstrate that one (or more) of the coastal zone recommendations have been considered when developing a potential project.
- Sea Level Rise: Understanding and Applying Trends and Future Scenarios for Analysis and Planning file size 3MB - This 2013 document provides background information on local and global sea level rise trends, summarizes the best available sea level rise projections, and provides general guidance in the selection and application of sea level rise scenarios for coastal vulnerability assessments, planning, and decision making for areas that may be at present or future risk from the effects of sea level rise. Applicants should specify which scenario(s) they are utilizing in their proposed projects.
- StormSmart Properties fact sheets - These fact sheets provide information on a range of measures that can effectively reduce erosion and storm damage while minimizing impacts to shoreline systems. The six techniques covered in this first round of fact sheets are: artificial dunes and dune nourishment, controlling overland runoff to reduce coastal erosion, planting vegetation to reduce erosion and storm damage, bioengineering - coir rolls on coastal banks, bioengineering - natural fiber blankets on coastal banks, and sand fencing.
- StormSmart Coasts - This website includes information on assessing the vulnerability of coastal properties to erosion and flooding, tools for local officials to improve coastal floodplain management, options for coastal property owners to effectively reduce erosion and storm damage while minimizing impacts to shoreline systems, information on landscaping options for controlling erosion and storm damage, interactive maps of erosion along the Massachusetts coast, and more. Applicants are encouraged to review the website and familiarize themselves with tools, resources, pilot projects, and other support and guidance available to communities.
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
Boston, MA 02114