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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $12 Million to Municipalities to Prepare for Climate Change

71 Percent of Massachusetts Communities Now Enrolled in Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program
For immediate release:
6/19/2019
  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $12 Million to Municipalities to Prepare for Climate Change

Katie Gronendyke

BOSTONThe Baker-Polito Administration has awarded $12 million in grants to municipalities across the Commonwealth to plan for and implement climate change resilience projects through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program.

Of these funds, $1.7 million was awarded to 65 communities to pursue a community-led planning process to identify vulnerabilities to climate change and priority actions. The remaining $10.3 million was awarded to 34 communities that had completed the planning process and are ready to implement projects that build local resilience to climate change impacts. 

“Massachusetts has been a national leader in addressing climate change, and these grants represent the Commonwealth’s largest funding commitment yet to improving community resilience to climate change impacts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Mitigating climate change and adapting to reduce risk and build resilience will foster stronger communities, protect residents and natural resources, and contribute to strong economic growth and innovation throughout the Commonwealth.”

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ MVP grant and designation program, which builds on Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569 as well as other administration-led state and local partnerships, provides communities with technical support, climate change data and planning tools to identify hazards and develop strategies to improve resilience. This funding is part of the largest release of climate change resilience funding for Massachusetts communities in state history.

“Our Administration is committed to partnering with cities and towns to develop practical and cost-effective solutions to build the climate-resilient communities of tomorrow,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We are proud that 71 percent of Massachusetts communities are working collaboratively with us through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and look forward to enrolling all communities in this important program.”

Through the MVP Program, municipalities identify key climate-related hazards, vulnerabilities and strengths, develop adaptation actions, and prioritize next steps.  Results of the workshops and planning efforts inform existing local plans, grant applications, and policies. Communities are then eligible for competitive MVP Action Grant funding to implement priority on-the-ground projects. With this announcement, 71 percent of Commonwealth communities have received MVP Planning Grants, while 70 climate change resilience projects have received MVP Action Grants.

“The record participation in the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program underscores the real need for climate-smart solutions that promote strong local economies while reducing risks and avoiding future costs,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides.  “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to supporting municipalities in getting this work off the ground through the ResilientMA legislation, which would provide a new and sustained funding source for climate resilience projects.”

 

 

The following communities will receive funding to complete the MVP planning process in 2019:

Municipality

Region

Total Award

Agawam

Pioneer Valley

$24,000

Aquinnah

Cape & Islands

$25,000

Ashland

Boston Metro

$20,000

Athol

Central

$53,000

Attleboro

Southeast

$32,000

Avon

Boston Metro

$46,500

Barre

Central

$20,000

Becket

Berkshires

$27,000

Bedford

Boston Metro

$22,000

Belmont

Boston Metro

$31,000

Blandford

Pioneer Valley

$20,000

Dennis

Cape & Islands

$20,000

Douglas

Central

$15,000

Dudley

Central

$15,000

East Longmeadow

Pioneer Valley

$20,000

Fairhaven

Southeast

$55,000

Fitchburg

Central

$102,000

Gardner

Central

$34,000

Goshen/Chesterfield/

Cummington/Worthington

Pioneer Valley

$27,000

Great Barrington

Berkshires

$27,000

Groton

Central

$22,000

Hadley

Pioneer Valley

$15,000

Halifax

Southeast

$15,000

Hamilton

Northeast

$15,000

Hanson

Southeast

$27,000

Harwich

Cape & Islands

$20,000

Lancaster

Central

$20,000

Lenox

Berkshires

$27,000

Leverett

Pioneer Valley

$27,000

Malden

Boston Metro

$38,000

Maynard

Boston Metro

$15,000

Medway

Boston Metro

$15,000

Merrimac

Boston Metro

$15,000

Middleborough

Southeast

$22,000

Middleton

Northeast

$27,000

Milton

Boston Metro

$29,374

Needham

Boston Metro

$33,000

Norfolk

Boston Metro

$15,000

Orange

Pioneer Valley

$20,000

Pepperell

Northeast

$37,500

Plainville

Southeast

$20,000

Plympton

Southeast

$20,000

Royalston

Central

$36,727

Seekonk

Southeast

$27,000

Shirley

Central

$20,000

Southborough

Boston Metro

$22,000

Stoughton

Boston Metro

$26,000

Sunderland

Pioneer Valley

$27,000

Templeton

Central

$15,000

Tewksbury

Northeast

$28,000

Tyngsborough

Northeast

$34,000

Watertown

Boston Metro

$73,760

Wellesley

Boston Metro

$25,000

Wendell

Pioneer Valley

$20,000

West Newbury

Northeast

$25,000

West Springfield

Pioneer Valley

$31,000

Westborough

Central

$20,000

Westford

Northeast

$36,000

Weston

Boston Metro

$26,500

Whately

Pioneer Valley

$20,000

Williamsburg

Pioneer Valley

$20,000

Windsor

Berkshires

$27,000

Total

 

$1,690,361

The following communities were awarded Action Grants in 2019:

Applicant

Project Title

Recommended funding

Boston

Moakley Park - Resilience Preliminary Design, Technical Analysis, and Pre-Permitting

$1,500,000

Belchertown

Enhancing Water Supply Reliability: Resilient Water Storage and Water Conservation Planning

$223,513

Braintree

Armstrong Dam and Ames Pond Dam Removal - Final Design and Permitting

$90,000

Brockton

Integrated Water Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment and Economic Development Plan for Climate Resiliency

$312,615

Cambridge

Completing a watershed-wide analysis to optimize and coordinate regional stormwater management in the Mystic River Watershed

$350,000

Cohasset & Scituate

Mapping Storm Tide Pathways in Scituate and Cohasset: Assessing Coastal Vulnerability to Storms and Sea Level Rise

$112,668

Concord

Climate Action and Resilience Plan

$100,095

Concord

Reforestation and Tree Resilience

$150,000

Dedham

Dedham Climate Action and Resilience Plan

$185,895

Deerfield

Reducing Flooding Vulnerability in Deerfield

$278,023

Devens

Devens Climate Action & Resilience Plan

$142,170

Duxbury

Climate Change Flood Vulnerability Assessment/Adaptation Planning

$131,712

Edgartown

Climate Change Flood Vulnerability Assessment/Adaptation Planning

$90,035

Essex

Impacts of future storminess, greater wave energy, and increased sediment transport along Castle Neck and into Essex Bay: Essex, MA

$190,349

Falmouth

Coastal Resiliency Planning for the Surf Drive Area

$74,787

Falmouth

Coonamessett River Restoration Project: Construction of Phase 2

$760,000

Mattapoisett

Pine Island Pond Watershed Lands Project

$960,000

Medford

Flood Mitigation Strategy Feasibility Analysis and Conceptual Design

$93,529

Millbury

Armory Village Green Infrastructure Project

$1,000,000

Nantucket

Designed for Adaptation

$78,000

Northampton

Protecting Downtown: Northampton’s Flood Control Levees

$315,000

Pittsfield

Churchill Brook and West Street Culvert Replacement Project

$814,524

Rehoboth

Culvert and Green Infrastructure Concept Design and Dam Resiliency Assessment

$119,622

Salem

Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management in City Projects

$320,861

Salisbury

Resilient Ring’s Island: Preventing a Neighborhood from Being Stranded by Flooding

$157,500

Sandwich

Communicating the Local Benefits of a Resilient Coast

$46,795

Southwick

Klaus Anderson Road/Johnson Brook Road-Stream Crossing Redesign, Floodplain Restoration and Green Stormwater Management

$128,056

Spencer

Green Infrastructure Implementation in Downtown Spencer, Mechanic Street Parking Lot

$370,492

Springfield

Community Resilience Through Urban Forestry: Improving Emergency Response and Environmental Conditions in Springfield Massachusetts

$315,000

Uxbridge

Integrated Water Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Resiliency Plan

$288,904

Walpole

Culvert Assessment and Green Infrastructure Survey

$166,496

Westport

Assess and Plan for Climate Threats to East Beach Corridor

$75,000

Winthrop

Climate Resilient Land Use

$99,740

Woburn

Horn Pond Brook Improved Fisheries Habitat and Flood Control

$235,355

Wrentham

Eagle Dam Removal

$46,000

Total

 

$10,322,736

“Climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience is a top priority for the Massachusetts State Senate.  The imminent threat of climate change increases the potential for extreme weather events such as drought and flooding, making preparedness an important environmental, public safety, and public health issue for cities and towns across the Commonwealth,” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “Resilience measures must continue to be a significant part of our municipal planning efforts, and so we appreciate the Administration’s support of our municipalities’ ongoing efforts to protect residents and natural resources using scientific data and cutting-edge technology.”

“Adapting to climate change in a proactive way is important, but it’s a relatively new spending priority for cities and towns,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R- Gloucester).  “These grants will make a big difference in helping them to innovate, lead, and develop the momentum to take effective actions that build resilience and sustainability for today and tomorrow.”

“It is crucial that our communities have the resources and planning in place to deal with these weather related events that affect all aspects of communal life,” said State Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “I want to congratulate the towns of Spencer, Barre, Athol, and Templeton for their proactive approach and receiving this grant and I look forward to working with these communities as they implement their projects.”

“The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program represents a proactive approach to helping communities across Massachusetts address the unique challenges posed by climate change,” said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading).  “With this grant funding, more cities and towns will be able to develop and implement resiliency plans to protect both residents and infrastructure from the impacts of climate change.”

“Oftentimes, the conversation regarding climate change adaptation concerns our coastal communities, but as we have seen, cities and towns across the Commonwealth are facing climate-related hazards,” said State Representative Smitty Pignatelli (D-Lenox), House Chair of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “I am thankful to the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program, and the work of Secretary Theoharides and the entire Baker-Polito Administration for their commitment towards helping all of the Commonwealth have a funding source to aid in resiliency projects.”  

Governor Baker filed the Resilient MA legislation to support municipalities and help protect Massachusetts residents, communities, economy, natural resources and infrastructure from the adverse effects of climate change, through an increase in the excise on real estate transfers to fund a substantial and sustained investment in climate change adaptation through programs like MVP. The revenue would be directed towards investments in resilient infrastructure to help make communities safer, keep vital services online, reduce the long-term costs of climate-related risks and protect the value of property across the Commonwealth. The proposal is estimated to generate $1.3 billion over 10 years which would be deposited into the Commonwealth’s Global Warming Solutions Trust Fund to support municipalities and regional municipal partnerships through loans, grants and technical assistance to implement priority adaptation projects.

The MVP program implements Executive Order 569, which established an integrated strategy for climate change adaptation across the Commonwealth. Local climate change vulnerabilities and actions identified through the MVP program inform the Statewide Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Plan – a blueprint to protect residents, communities, and local economies. The funding available through the MVP program builds upon the Baker-Polito Administration’s continued commitment to mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

 

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $12 Million to Municipalities to Prepare for Climate Change

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 

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