Overview:  Massachusetts faces a growing need for the repair of dams, coastal flood control 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. The Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Fund grants financial resources to qualified projects that share our mission to enhance, preserve, and protect the natural resources and 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. Under the authority created by M.G.L. c. 29, §2IIII and regulations issued under 301 CMR 15.00, EEA will enter into contracts with qualified organizations to implement projects for the repair and removal of dams, levees, seawalls, and other forms of flood control.

Program Summary Document available here pdf format of here .

The Annual Review for Fiscal Year 2014 is now available.? This document revisits the first full year of the Fund and includes Indicative Summaries of currently funded projects.? The Review is available here pdf format of 2014-annual-final.pdf file size 2MB

This year’s application period for the Fund has closed.  Thank you for your continuing interest!

Summary of applications received:

CategoryNumber of ApplicationsFunds Requested
Category 1:  Dams and similar unregulated impoundments17$13,246,300.00
Category 2:  Seawalls, coastal flood and/or wave control structures8$22,259,667.50
Category 3 - Inland flood control structures and levees, excluding dams and non-jurisdictional impoundments0$0.00


Earlier this year, EEA offered pre-application workshops. Each workshop reviewed the application process, and financing options offered recipients. A copy of the workshop presentation is available HERE pdf format of 2014-training-brief.pdf

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:

            Alternative Funding Sources: Dams

            Alternative Funding Sources: Coastal Infrastructure

            Alternative Funding Sources: Levees

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.

   Final regulations available here   ( Go here for a PDF version pdf format of Go here for a PDF version )


For special accommodations for these hearings or to obtain this information in an alternative format, you may contact Barbara Nobles Crawford, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, ADA coordinator, at 617-626-1161, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114.