For Immediate Release - September 02, 2014

Patrick Administration Awards $13.2 Million in Dam and Seawall Grants, Loans

SCITUATE – Tuesday, September 2, 2014 – Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett today announced $13.2 million in investments for dams and coastal infrastructure in Massachusetts. These funds will help rehabilitate dams, protecting drinking water supplies as well as key coastal safety and economic assets in Massachusetts coastal communities.  

“The Patrick Administration is making key investments to address the public concerns and risks from declining dams and seawalls,” said Secretary Bartlett. “These investments will not only protect public assets, such as water supply structures and first responder access corridors, but also prepare our communities for future extreme weather events.”

The coastal infrastructure projects will help to protect key public assets such as business districts, water and sewer systems and critical transportation routes for emergency services. The dam projects will repair structures that are high or significant hazard dams designed to support water supply reservoirs.  

The funding for these investments includes funds from the EEA Environmental Bond, recently signed by Governor Patrick in August, as well as funds from the Dam and Seawall Repair and Removal Fund.  This is the second round of awards from the Fund, and they are matched by an additional $4 million in local and federal investments. In the first round earlier this year, $5.9 million in grants and loans was awarded.

The Dam and Seawall Repair and Removal Fund was signed into law by Governor Patrick in 2013 to address the growing need to repair dams, coastal flood control structures and inland flood control structures that pose a risk to public health, public safety and key economic centers.  The Patrick Administration is committed to proactively addressing these risks before disaster strikes, and sees increasing the resiliency of the Commonwealth’s infrastructure as particularly important in the face of increasingly extreme weather as a result of climate change.

The grant and loan recipients are as follows:



Total Award

Award Structure

Matching Funds

Project Summary




Foster Avenue Seawall





The Foster Avenue Seawall project will replace 1000 feet of structure, from Old Beach Road to Ninth Road.  Originally constructed in the 1930's, this project will help increase Marshfield's resilience to coastal storm events and increase public safety.


Easy Street Bulkhead





This project will improve protection of a vital access route for first responders as well as a key commercial area.  Easy Street is in the heart of Nantucket's downtown. Easy Street is the critical public transportation route for all goods and services going to and from the Steamship Authority terminal located at lower Broad Street.


Oceanside Drive Seawall                         





The project consists of reconstruction of a ?650 linear foot section of the existing Oceanside Drive seawall. This coastal structure provides protection to public roads and associated utilities and provides public access to the beach.  During major storm events, Oceanside Drive often floods and becomes inundated with overwash consisting of large cobbles and sand, compromising access for first responders.


Hoppin Hill Reservoir Dam





The Dam is an approximately 1,100-foot long curved earthen embankment with a  structural height of 23-feet.  The Dam was originally constructed in 1910 and rehabilitated in 1987.  In addition to  helping ensure water supply, the area surrounding the reservoir is accessible by the public for passive recreation.   Reconstruction is vital to public safety downstream and maintaining integrity of the reservoir.  


Bound Brook Dam





The Bound Brook Control Dam along with its inlet control structure regulates water storage levels of Lily Pond, the primary water supply reservoir for the Town of Cohasset. In addition, Beechwood Street located on the crest of the dam is a heavily traveled road connecting the southern portions of Cohasset with the surrounding towns of Scituate, Norwell and Hingham around the Wompatuck State Park.


Morse Reservoir Dam





The rehabilitation of the Morse Reservoir Dam will address three areas of significant seepage identified along the toe of the dam, resulting in an estimated loss of approximately 50 gallons per minute from the City's water supply.  Failure of this dam could result in the destruction of Elm Street, several downstream neighborhoods and threaten the Distributing Reservoir Dam and Water Treatment Plant.

Tri-Town Water District (Braintree, Holbrook, Randolph)

Great Pond Lower Reservoir Dam





The Great Pond Lower Reservoir Dam spillway and surrounding earthen dam area will be rehabilitated and fish passage installed to help restore migration to the region.  The length of the dam embankment will be armored to safely accommodate overtopping flows and the spillway parallel to West Street will be rehabilitated.