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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

麻州政府再撥3200萬元氣候變遷經費給市鎮 總額達一億元

 Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $32 Million in Climate Change Funding to Cities and Towns Bringing Total Investment to $100 Million

97% of Communities Now Participating in Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program

 

WILLIAMSBURG – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $32.8 million in grants to cities and towns through the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program, continuing its historic investment in building climate change resilience throughout the Commonwealth. The grant program, which was launched in 2017 as part of Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569, provides communities with funding and technical support to identify climate hazards, develop strategies to improve resilience, and implement priority actions to adapt to climate change. With today’s announcement, the Administration has now awarded $100 million to 97% of the Commonwealth’s cities and towns through the MVP program.

 

“Since we started the program in 2017, the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program has played a large role in helping cities and towns across the state fight climate change by investing $100 million in 341 municipalities, or 97% of the Commonwealth’s communities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “With this latest round of MVP funding, we are making the single largest investment in the program by directing nearly $33 million towards critical climate resilience projects throughout Massachusetts.”

 

“This is the sixth round of MVP funding, and we are making a major push forward by funding more climate resilience implementation projects than ever before,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “It has been rewarding to see projects move through the phases from planning to design to construction and implementation over the last five years, and we are starting to see the tangible difference these projects are making in our communities as we prepare for a changing climate.”

 

The MVP Program pairs local leadership and knowledge with a significant investment of resources and funding from the Commonwealth to address ongoing climate change impacts, such as inland flooding, increase in storm events, sea level rise, drought, and extreme temperatures. Of the $32.8 million in grants announced, $32.6 million was awarded to 73 municipal projects that build local resilience to climate change in the Commonwealth’s sixth round of MVP Action Grant funding. Additionally, $157,700 was awarded to six towns to pursue a community-led planning process to identify vulnerabilities to climate change and priority actions. When complete, these municipalities will be eligible for the next round of implementation funding.

 

“Every year the real need for climate resilience funding becomes even more important for our municipal partners, who have remained steadfast in their commitment to the hard work of preparing their communities for climate change,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. “It is extremely gratifying to see more dollars than ever before being put towards local projects, such as drought mitigation, stormwater and culvert upgrades, and land acquisitions, which will have numerous positive impacts on the state’s residents for many years to come.”

 

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

 

Grantee 

MVP Program Region 

Total Award 

Hancock 

Berkshires & Hilltowns 

$27,000 

Hanover 

Greater Boston 

$36,700 

Lee 

Berkshires & Hilltowns 

$27,000 

Middlefield 

Berkshires & Hilltowns 

$27,000 

Monroe 

Berkshires & Hilltowns 

$25,000 

West Stockbridge 

Berkshires & Hilltowns 

$15,000 

Total (6) 

 

Total: $157,700 

  

The following projects are receiving Action Grants: 

 

Grantee 

Project Title 

Grant Award 

Andover & Lawrence 

Shawsheen River Nature-Based Flood Resilience 

 $271,705  

Ayer & Devens 

Ayer-Devens Main Streets Regional Pocket Forests Pilot Project  

 $282,624  

Belchertown 

Scarborough Brook Watershed Improvements 

 $139,500  

Berlin 

Horseshoe Pond Acquisition Project  

 $874,268  

Beverly 

Bass River District Resilience Plan  

 $200,000  

Boxford 

Increasing Watershed Scale Resiliency in Boxford Through Culvert Upgrades in the Howlett Brook Watershed 

 $265,900  

Brockton 

Trout Brook Flood Resilience 

 $157,300  

Brookline 

Climate Crisis Action and Resilience Plan Update 

 $75,000  

Cambridge 

Cambridge Community Corps Climate Readiness Initiative 

 $150,000  

Chatham, Provincetown, Harwich, Mashpee, & Falmouth 

Regional Low Lying Road Assessment and Feasibility 

 $205,479  

Chatham Brewster, Harwich, & Orleans 

Pleasant Bay Climate Adaptation Action Plan 

 $292,710  

Chelsea, Revere, & Winthrop 

Envisioning Resilience in the North Suffolk Region through Community Preparedness 

 $87,500  

Chelsea 

Eastern Ave. Alternatives Analysis + Conceptual Design  

 $333,492  

Chelsea, Somerville, Everett, Malden, Revere, & Winthrop 

Equitable Coastal Resilience and Redevelopment in Lower Mystic  

 $556,000  

Chester, Blandford, & Middlefield 

Evaluating & Planning for Resilient Rural Dirt Roads 

 $317,550  

Dedham & Neponset Watershed Communities 

Neponset Watershed Regional Adaptation Strategy and Flood Model 

 $389,457  

Dennis 

Pound Pond - Flood Mitigation and Storm Drainage Improvements Dennis, Massachusetts - Phase 2 Final Design  

 $73,628  

Dracut 

Design and Permitting for Collinsville Dam Removal Project 

 $174,000  

Easthampton 

Emerald Place Resiliency 

 $117,800  

Essex 

Apple Street Roadbed Elevation and Culvert Replacement Project 

 $222,037  

Everett & Chelsea 

Island End River Flood Resilience Project 

 $2,998,600  

Everett, Malden, Chelsea, & Arlington 

Beat the Heat: Wicked Cool Outdoors / Venza el Calor: Súper Fresco Afuera 

 $339,915  

Fairhaven 

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment 

 $40,000  

Fall River & Westport 

South Watuppa Pond Green Infrastructure Blue Water Restoration 

 $379,875  

Fall River 

Fall River CSO Treatment Study 

 $1,163,000  

Fitchburg 

Generating Resiliency in Downtown Fitchburg with Nature-Based Solutions  

 $109,000  

Framingham 

Walnut Street Neighborhood Flood Mitigation -Permits & Easements 

 $155,000  

Great Barrington 

Lake Mansfield Recreation Area Improvements Phase 1 

 $992,500  

Hatfield 

Climate-Smart Comprehensive Planning for Hatfield 

 $283,900  

Hudson, Framingham, & Natick 

SuAsCo Natural Climate Solutions Project 

 $314,393  

Hull 

Hull Climate Adaption Roadmap; Alternatives Analysis for the Hampton Circle Area 

 $198,624  

Lincoln 

Town of Lincoln Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (L-CAP) Proposal 

 $100,000  

Longmeadow 

Toward the New Normal: Envisioning an Inclusive & Resilient Longmeadow 

 $235,555 

Lowell 

Resilient Urban Forest Master Plan and Urban Heat Island Assessment 

 $93,000  

Malden 

Malden River Works for Waterfront Equity and Resilience 

 $200,550  

Mashpee 

Increasing Resilience to Harmful Algal Blooms in Santuit Pond Stormwater Retrofit Implementation - Phase 1 

 $469,037  

Mattapoisett, Fairhaven, Marion, Rochester, & Acushnet 

Mattapoisett River Valley Water Supply Resilience Project 

 $4,500,000  

Medford 

Interconnected Resiliency Network & Resilient Communications 

 $416,738  

Medford 

Andrews School Resilient Emergency Shelter 

 $670,568  

Middleborough 

Picone Farm Preservation for Climate Resiliency, Flood Storage, Water Quality & Food Security 

 $1,364,325  

Monson 

Chicopee Brook Flood Resilience Improvements 

 $295,000  

Montague 

Incorporating Climate Resiliency into the Montague Comprehensive Plan 

 $80,000  

Monterey 

Enhancing Flood Resiliency Through the Evaluation and Redesign of Critical Infrastructure Along the Konkapot River - Phase II Final Design & Permitting 

 $124,071  

Natick & Charles River Watershed Communities 

Building Resilience Across the Charles River Watershed Phase III 

 $333,070  

New Bedford 

Kempton Street Corridor Green Infrastructure 

 $161,800  

Northampton 

Climate Resilient Downtown Affordable Housing 

 $921,300 

Oak Bluffs 

Vulnerability Assessment and Permit Level Design of Coastal Resilience Improvements for Dukes County Ave Pump Station 

 $69,529  

Plympton 

Preserving Turkey Swamp: A Keystone Goal 

 $502,500  

Reading & Mystic River Watershed Communities 

Maillet, Sommes, Morgan Constructed Stormwater Wetland  

 $2,116,578  

Revere 

Diamond Creek Catchment Improvements Investigation and Assessment 

 $235,509  

Revere, Saugus, Malden, Everett, & Lynn 

Regional Saugus River Watershed Vulnerability and Adaptation Study  

 $150,872  

Richmond & West Stockbridge 

Resilient Stormwater Action and Implementation Plan  

 $265,408  

Rowe, Heath, Shelburne, & Conway 

Community Driven Forest Climate Adaptation: Implementing the Forest Climate Resilience Program in the Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership  

 $164,450  

Salem 

Collins Cove to Willows Resilience Study 

 $234,565  

Seekonk 

Attleboro Dye Works Dam Removal: Design & Permitting 

 $191,000  

Sherborn 

Sherborn's Climate Activation and Resilience Plan- A Model for Climate Mobilization for the MetroWest Region 

 $38,145  

Shrewsbury 

Regulatory Update for Sustainable Parking Requirements 

 $90,000  

Shrewsbury 

Climate Action and Resilience Plan  

 $100,000  

South Hadley 

Queensville Dam and Buttery Brook Restoration 

 $162,000  

Stoneham 

Stoneham High School Wetland Restoration 

 $108,700  

Stoughton 

Stoughton Town-wide Drainage Model, Vulnerability Assessment, and Adaptation Strategies to Mitigate Future Flooding 

 $218,175  

Stow 

Stow Acres North Acquisition and Climate Resilience Master Plan 

 $1,135,000  

Sutton 

Manchaug Village Water Resource Resiliency Action Plan 

 $75,000  

Templeton 

Old Royalston Road Culvert Replacement 

 $503,225  

Uxbridge 

Home Brew Dam and Whitin Pond Dam Removal 

 $185,450  

Waltham 

Designing a Resilient Chester Brook Corridor 

 $143,900  

Ware 

Muddy Brook Subwatershed Resiliency Master Plan 

 $42,740  

Whately 

Whately Energy Resilience and Education 

 $304,778  

Williamsburg 

Williamsburg Public Safety Complex 

 $1,831,137  

Woburn & Mystic River Watershed Communities 

Hurld Park - Heat Resilient Park 

 $271,425  

Worcester 

Drainage and Green Infrastructure Master Plan  

 $1,253,091  

Wrentham & Norfolk 

Eagle Dam Removal Phase II 

 $41,337  

Yarmouth 

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan 

 $80,089  

Total: 73 

 

Total: $32,640,374 

 

“The MVP grant program is among the most relevant and the most effective in the Commonwealth,” said State Senator Jo Comerford (D-Northampton). “I'm absolutely delighted to see substantial funds flowing to western Massachusetts thanks to the stellar work of EEA officials and municipal leaders alike. I look forward to offering sustained support for this critical initiative.”

 

“We are witnessing the elevated impact of climate change in our small towns, including storms that wipe out culverts, bridges, and roads,” said State Senator Adam Hinds (D-Pittsfield). “I am proud of the relationship between the legislature and the administration to act forcefully in support of our municipalities that often struggle to keep up with demand.”

 

“Communities often struggle with figuring out how to stretch dollars to fund critical projects. The infusion of funds to Northampton, Williamsburg, and Hatfield in my district will go a long way to support projects that will help ensure these communities are climate ready,” said State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa (D-Northampton). “I am extremely grateful that the Commonwealth has acknowledged the importance of offering tangible support to these cities and towns today.”

 

As the MVP program reaches its five-year anniversary, EEA is formulating a process, trainings, and resources, called “MVP Planning 2.0,” for updating MVP plans and the priority actions identified within them. EEA is seeking to develop an updated process that is inclusive, engaging, equitable, collaborative, and actionable. The update process will take into account newly available climate change tools and projections, the ongoing Massachusetts Climate Assessment, data from the first iteration of MVP planning grants, and feedback from the many MVP stakeholders who have made the program a success to date. The revamped process and resources are expected to launch in Spring 2023.

 

Furthermore, MVP supports the implementation of the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan (SHMCAP), released in September 2018, which provided a national model of integrating hazard mitigation priorities with forward-looking climate change data and solutions. The plan is implemented within state government by the Resilient MA Action Team (RMAT), an inter-agency team led by EEA and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and staffed by designated Climate Change Coordinators from each Executive Office. The Resilient MA Action Team provides guidance and decision-making for plan implementation, further refines priority actions, and ensures actions are integrated into agency practice and policy. Recently, the RMAT launched the Climate Resilience Design Standards Tool to integrate best available statewide climate change projections to inform climate resilient planning and design of infrastructure, buildings, and natural resource assets. This tool was used in the 2022 MVP Action Grant and Community One Stop for Growth application processes.

 

Currently, RMAT and EEA are developing the MA Climate Change Assessment, a statewide analysis detailing how Massachusetts people, environments, and infrastructure may be affected by climate change and related hazards through the end of the century. This assessment will directly inform the first five-year update to the SHMCAP, which will be released in Fall 2023.

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