Overview: Massachusetts faces a growing need for the repair of dams, coastal flood control and protection structures, and inland flood control structures. In some cases, public safety and key economic centers are at risk due to deteriorating infrastructure. In other instances, the structures no longer serve their purpose and removal provides the opportunity to restore ecological systems. Under the authority created by M.G.L. c. 29, §2IIII and regulations issued under 301 CMR 15.00, EEA enters into contracts with qualified organizations to implement projects for the repair and removal of dams, levees, seawalls, and other forms of flood control.
The Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Program offers financial resources to qualified applicants for projects that share our mission to enhance, preserve, and protect the natural resources and the scenic, historic and aesthetic qualities of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Fund was established in 2013 by the Massachusetts Legislature to promote public health, public safety, and ecological restoration. These funds have been supplemented with monies authorized in the EEA Environmental Bond. To date, over $15,000,000 has been awarded to communities throughout Massachusetts, leveraging an additional $8,000,000 in local and federal matching funds.
Program Summary Document available here .
Annual Review for Fiscal Year 2014: This document revisits the first full year of the Fund and includes Indicative Summaries of currently funded projects. The Review is available here file size 2MB
New Applications Requested
On May 13 Secretary Beaton announced the third application period offered by EEA. Applications of up to $ 1,000,000 per project for dam and levee projects and up to $3,000,000 per project available for coastal protection projects. The application period closes on July 14. A copy of the announcement can be found here.
Project monies are also available from a variety of federal, state, and private sources. Use the appropriate guide to help locate potential funding sources, especially for costs not covered by this Fund:
Final Regulations Published: Provisions for the Administration of the Dam and Sea Wall Repair or Removal Fund
The Secretary of State has published regulations 301 CMR 15.00 pursuant to M.G.L. c. 29, §2IIII. These regulations establish the rules and regulations for the administration and implementation of the Dam and Sea Wall Repair or Removal Fund including, but not limited to, a priority system for the approval of projects.
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