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. Additional funds have also been supplemented the program with monies authorized in the EEA Environmental Bond. 

Information on upcoming funding opportunities will be posted to this page and to www.commbuys.com in late spring, 2017. 

Program Contact: 
William Hinkley 


Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $10 Million for Dam and Seawall Projects 

BOSTON – November 2, 2016 – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced over $10 million to assist communities and groups across the Commonwealth in addressing deteriorating dams and refurbishing critical coastal infrastructure. The awards, funded by the Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Fund and the Governor’s annual capital budget, include engineering or construction phase support for seven dam repair projects, five dam removal projects and eight coastal protection reconstruction projects. 


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.

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


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