Senate President Spilka: Hopkinton, Holliston Receive $44,000 in Climate Change Planning Funding

BOSTON – Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) recently announced that the Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $44,000 to Holliston and Hopkinton to complete climate change vulnerability assessments and develop resiliency plans through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program

“As the threat of global warming continues to intensify and grow even more costly, it is more important than ever to recommit to reducing the consequences of climate change,” said Senate President Spilka.

“This funding will help jumpstart efforts to improve climate resilience and help Hopkinton and Holliston take action and prepare for the dangerous impacts of climate change in the future,” said Sen. Spilka.

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

Hopkinton $29,000

Holliston $15,000

The 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 is the third round of the program’s planning grants, and the funding round will remain open until May 4, 2019 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Governor Charlie Baker made the announcement at an event celebrating the removal of the Holmes Dam in Plymouth and highlighting the Administration’s efforts to combat and mitigate the impacts of climate change.                                                                                                            

This funding is part of the largest release of climate change resilience funding for Massachusetts communities in state history, as the Baker-Polito Administration recently announced the availability of $10 million for the MVP Program. 

Through this program, municipalities work through a community-based workshop process to 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, such as local hazard mitigation plans. 

Communities are then eligible for MVP Action Grant funding to implement priority on-the-ground projects. 

The 184 MVP-designated municipalities are eligible for MVP Action Grants to implement on-the-ground projects identified through the planning process to build the community’s resilience to climate change impacts. 

Projects are focused on proactive strategies to address climate change impacts and include retrofitting and adapting infrastructure, detailed vulnerability assessments or design and engineering studies, stormwater upgrades, dam retrofits and removals, culvert upgrades, drought mitigation, actions to protect environmental justice communities and improve public health, energy resilience, and strategies that focus on implementing nature-based solutions such as wetland restoration and floodplain protection. 

Communities are eligible for up to $2 million per project to address ongoing climate change impacts like sea level rise, inland flooding, storms, and extreme temperatures. 

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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