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. With over $37 million now under management, twenty five projects are currently underway with eight additional projects completed.

Program Summary Document available here pdf format of 2015 Program Summary Document

Annual Review for Fiscal Year 2015: This document revisits the previous fiscal year of the program and includes Indicative Summaries of previously announced projects. The Review is available here pdf format of  2015 Annual Review
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Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $10 Million for Dam and Seawall Projects

SCITUATE - October 13, 2015 – Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton joined members of the legislature and community representatives today to announce over $10 million to assist communities in addressing deteriorating dams and refurbishing critical coastal infrastructure.  These awards include five dam repair projects, one dam removal, three coastal protection reconstruction projects and one levee refurbishment.

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Project summaries are available 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.

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


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