- Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1 Million Grant for Sandwich Beach Re-nourishment Project
Sandwich — Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today announced a $1 million grant for the Town of Sandwich to help off-set the cost of bringing in the sand needed to rebuild Sandwich’s beach and dune system to increase coastal resiliency and protect homes and property.
“We see the impacts from global climate change and sea level rise all around us, nearly every day. Here in Sandwich, we see these impacts up close, and see that they can impact people’s lives, safety and financial security,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Through this funding, we are able to work with our federal and municipal partners to address this pressing issue.”
“After last winter’s Juno blizzard, I visited Sandwich and other coastal communities and saw firsthand the devastation caused by intense storms worsened by the effects of climate change,” said EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton. “This grant will provide Sandwich needed resources to be able to protect its citizens and property and increase its climate change resiliency.”
Northerly facing beaches on Cape Cod Bay in Sandwich are located immediately down-drift of the jetties at the Cape Cod Canal eastern entrance. These jetties interrupt sediment flow to Sandwich beaches, resulting in erosion that threatens private and public properties. The rate of beach loss has been exacerbated in recent years due to erosion from winter storms.
To address this issue, the Town of Sandwich will work with the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) to place dredged material from the Cape Cod Canal Navigation Project onto Town Neck Beach. The ACOE is funding $8.3 million of the proposed project. EEA’s grant will provide $1 million of the Town’s share of $1.7 million. The Town has already received all required permits from regional, state and federal regulatory agencies for the project.
“The Town is extremely grateful to Secretary Beaton, the Baker administration, and our State legislators for recognizing Sandwich’s plight and assisting us with this generous grant,” said Sandwich Town Manager Bud Dunham. “Town Neck Beach has been decimated by erosion and this grant will help us protect our fragile coastline and numerous public and private properties.”
“The residents of Sandwich have suffered from the devastating impacts of severe winter storms. This threat is only increasing,” said Congressman William Keating (D-Massachusetts). As the winter storm season looms on the horizon, I applaud this action to replenish Sandwich’s beaches and save homeowners and residents from further financial harm.”
The funding complements a $300,000 grant the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) awarded the Town of Sandwich in December through its Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program. This grant supported the Town’s study and assessment of a near-shore sand source site adjacent to Scusset Beach on the north side of the Canal jetties.
“I am glad that after our historic winter the town of Sandwich will be able to do much needed repairs to these beaches,” said State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth). “These beaches are part of what make Sandwich such an attractive place to live and visit and I look forward to generations of future Sandwich residents and visitors appreciating their beauty.”
“I congratulate the long list of people for bringing this project to life, including our town manager, his staff, Woods Hole Group, the Army Corps of Engineers, Secretary Beaton and his staff, the Community Preservation Committee, Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen, Senator deMacedo and his staff and most importantly the 800 voters who came to the town meeting to show their overwhelming support,” said Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich).
This $1 million grant is provided through EEA’s Coastal and Inland Waterway Grant program, which provides grants used to improve and protect coastal waterways through various methods, including dredging, dune stabilization, re-nourishment, and erosion control.