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The Division of Ecological Restoration selects wetland and river restoration projects through a state-wide, competitive process. We choose high-priority projects that bring significant ecological and community benefits to the Commonwealth.
DER's Priority Project pre-RFR (Request for Responses) period is now closed and we are no longer taking project-specific questions. The RFR will be released on Tuesday, April 20th.

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Through the Priority Projects program, DER selects projects that help advance our mission. Selections are based upon consideration of the project’s cost, size, practicality, feasibility, opportunity for public benefits, available DER resources, direct benefits to aquatic resources, and partner support.  

DER is currently soliciting applications for projects located in Massachusetts that focus on cranberry bog wetland restoration, dam removal and river restoration, coastal wetland restoration projects, or a combination of these topics. 

During the pre-RFR (Request for Responses) process, DER strongly encourages those who are considering applying for Priority Project status to contact us to discuss their project idea. Once the full RFR is published, DER staff will not be able to discuss individual projects.

The Priority Projects pre-RFR period is now closed. The RFR will be released on Tuesday, April 20th.

How to apply Become a DER Priority Project

DER's pre-Request for Response (pre-RFR) period is now closed. No additional project-specific questions will be allowed. 

The full RFR will be released on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 with applications due May 17, 2021 at 5PM. 

To apply, applicants will need to complete the Application Form and then submit via an online submission portal. Additional details about the project will need to be filled in online. The link to the online submission portal will be provided here upon release of the RFR. An example of the required fields to be submitted online is included as a PDF in the download materials below. 

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