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

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 pdf format of 2014-annual-final.pdf
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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


Secretary Vallely-Bartlett Announces Second Round of Critical Infrastructure Awards

On September 2, 2014 representatives of EEA and municipalities gathered at the Scituate Maritime Center to celebrate the award of over $13.2 million dollars for the repair of dams and coastal infrastructure throughout Massachusetts.  More information is available  

ApplicantProjectTotal AwardMatching FundsProject 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 allows 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 working to ensure public safety.


Hoppin Hill Reservoir Dam



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


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.

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