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 and 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 and 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 .
Patrick Administration Awards $13.5 Million in Dam and Seawall Grants, Loans
PLYMOUTH – Monday, January 13, 2014 –Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced $13.5 million in investments for dam, seawall and breakwater projects across the Commonwealth. These funds will remove ecologically hazardous dams, repair dams in poor or unsafe condition and improve Massachusetts’ coastal infrastructure. Click here for details.
EEA to hold outreach meetings on the Fund to prospective applicants:
A second application period is anticipated this spring. Fund Director John Clarkeson will be holding final pre-application workshops on Thursday 6 March in Scituate. The workshop for Dams and Levees will be at 9:30 AM, the workshop for Coastal Infrastructure will be at 11:30 AM. Each workshops will review the application process, and financing options offered recipients. For a list of the workshops, click 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.
Dam and Seawall Repair and Removal Fund - Frequently Asked Questions:
NOTE: These are general questions and answers. Applicants are advised to read the Regulations.
What types of projects are eligible for the Dam and Seawall Repair and Removal Fund?
The repair and/or removal of dams, levees, seawalls, as well as other forms of flood control.
Who is eligible to apply for a grant/loan?
Local government agencies and charitable organizations are eligible to apply for grants and loans. Private owners of dams are eligible for loans only.
What aspects of my project qualify for funding?
Final design, permitting, construction bid package preparation, and construction.
We wish to conduct a feasibility study before preparing designs. Will the fund pay for that?
How does one apply for funds?
An application will be released through a Request for Responses on CommPASS (http://comm-pass.com/).
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.