Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who earlier this year signed an executive order for a climate adaption plan for the Commonwealth, made a series of grants and loans to help local communities with climate resiliency measures. The grants were administered through the Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Fund and totaled $10 million. Eight coastal protection projects were included in the announcement.
“Through the Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Fund, we hope to protect our communities and natural resources from the effects of strong storms and ensure dams and seawalls across the state are not a threat to public safety,” said Baker. “Our administration is focused on proactively increasing the resiliency of the Commonwealth’s infrastructure and helping cities and towns prepare for the impacts of climate change.”
The Dam and Seawall Program builds upon the governor’s efforts to help strengthen the resiliency of communities increasingly facing impacts from climate change.