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The following is a press release from the Baker-Polito administration


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BOSTON – Building on its commitment to creating a more climate change resilient Commonwealth, the Baker-Polito Administration today, August 31, announced $21 million in grants to cities and towns through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program, representing a doubling of the program budget since last year. To date, this brings total awards through the MVP program to over $65 million.

The grant program, which was created in 2017 as part of Governor Charlie 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. The grants are in addition to the Administration’s proposal to invest $900 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into key energy and environmental initiatives, including $300 million to support climate resilient infrastructure.

“With the ongoing success of the MVP program, we are pleased to double the program’s funding this year to support local climate change resilience projects throughout the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Massachusetts communities are implementing important, nation-leading efforts to adapt to climate change. Our Administration is committed to working with municipalities across the Commonwealth to tackle these urgent challenges, which is why we have proposed a significant increase in funding for climate adaptation projects through our federal ARPA spending plan.”

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“The MVP program is a vital tool in our efforts to prepare and strengthen our coastal and inland communities to address the impacts of climate change,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We are thrilled to welcome 16 new towns to the program as they take important steps in planning for the future, and to award funding to 66 priority implementation projects that range from upgrading or removing high-risk dams and culverts to investing in Environmental Justice communities.”

Framingham’s grant was for Walnut Street Neighborhood Flood Mitigation – Design & Permitting. The City’s DPW department was awarded $269,030.

Through this latest round of funding, 93% of Massachusetts cities and towns, or 328 municipalities, are now enrolled in the MVP program. The 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, storms, sea level rise, and extreme temperatures.

Of these funds, $20.6 million was awarded to 66 cities, towns, or regional partnerships to implement projects that build local resilience to climate change in the Commonwealth’s fifth round of MVP Action Grant funding.

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Additionally, $400,000 was awarded to 16 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.

“The MVP program has been recognized as a national model for building climate resiliency through strong state and local partnerships, and we are proud to have enrolled 93% of the municipalities in Massachusetts in this critical effort,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Every region in Massachusetts experienced extreme weather throughout the summer, including excessive heat, record precipitation, and flooding, and the MVP program offers vital technical and financial assistance to help municipalities address vulnerabilities and create stronger, more liveable climate resilient communities.”

The $21 million announced today will go towards MVP Planning Grants and Action Grants. Planning Grants support communities in working with a state-certified technical assistance provider to lead a community-wide planning workshop 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. Communities are then eligible for competitive MVP Action Grant funding to implement priority on-the-ground projects. Projects are focused on proactive strategies to address climate change impacts and may include retrofitting and adapting infrastructure, actions to invest in and protect environmental justice communities and improve public health, detailed vulnerability assessments or design and engineering studies, stormwater upgrades, dam retrofits and removals, culvert upgrades, drought mitigation, energy resilience, and projects that focus on implementing nature-based solutions such as wetland restoration and floodplain protection.

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The following communities will receive funding to complete the MVP planning process in 2021-2022:

ApplicantMVP Program RegionTotal Award
ClarksburgBerkshires & Hilltowns$15,000
EgremontBerkshires & Hilltowns$40,000
HawleyBerkshires & Hilltowns$27,000
HuntingtonBerkshires & Hilltowns$38,000
LudlowGreater Connecticut River Valley$31,000
SavoyBerkshires & Hilltowns$15,000
SouthbridgeGreater Connecticut River Valley$22,000
TollandBerkshires & Hilltowns$27,000
TyringhamBerkshires & Hilltowns$20,000
WarrenGreater Connecticut River Valley$26,895
West BridgewaterSoutheast$22,000
Total (16) Total: $397,795

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The following communities were awarded Action Grants:

ApplicantProject TitleGrant Award
Acton & Acton-Boxborough Regional School DistrictClimate Action Plan and Electrification Roadmap$157,940
AndoverShawsheen River Watershed Land Conservation Planning and Prioritization for Climate Resilience and Environmental Justice$131,700
AshfieldBaptist Corner Road Stream Crossing Ecological Improvements$448,600
AtholGreening Lord Pond Plaza Phase 2$213,630
BelchertownLand Conservation and Restoration of the Scarborough Brook Headwaters for Climate Resilience$480,025
BelmontStormwater Flood Reduction and Climate Resilience Capital Improvement Plan$195,000
Bolton & ClintonNashua River Communities Resilient Lands Management Project$302,691
BraintreeSmith Beach Green Infrastructure Project$47,500
BridgewaterHigh Street Dam Removal$750,000
Buckland, Ashfield, & HawleyWatershed-Based Assessment and Climate Resiliency Plan for Clesson Brook$100,117
BurlingtonVine Brook Watershed and Urban Heat Island Assessment$108,500
ChelseaBattery Storage System and Solar at Chelsea City Hall$624,000
ConwaySouth River Flood Resiliency Project$191,200
DeerfieldHealthy Soils, Green Infrastructure Policy and Climate Resiliency Public Engagement in Deerfield$40,951
DennisPound Pond, Dennis- Flood Mitigation and Storm Drainage Improvements$120,010
EasthamptonCherry Street Green Infrastructure and Slope Restoration Construction$2,000,000
Everett & ChelseaIsland End River Flood Resilience Project$716,500
FalmouthConceptual Design of Flood-Resiliency Improvements for Sewer Infrastructure$104,040
FitchburgBolstering Public and Private Action to Improve Flood Resilience in Baker Brook$173,350
FoxboroughAdvancing Green Infrastructure in Foxborough for Enhancing Climate Resilience through Planning and Design$166,543
FraminghamWalnut Street Neighborhood Flood Mitigation – Design & Permitting$269,030
GloucesterGloucester Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP)$69,890
GrovelandJohnson Creek Watershed Flood Resiliency Project$82,186
Hampden & East LongmeadowHampden/East Longmeadow Infrastructure Assessment and Prioritization of Nature-Based Solutions and Public Outreach and Participation$389,092
HaverhillLittle River Dam Removal and River Restoration$475,000
IpswichIpswich River Sewer Interceptor Bank Biostabilization Project$117,803
Lenox, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, & New MarlboroughHousatonic Stream Restoration for Regional Flood Resilience Project$295,190
LeominsterMonoosnoc Brook Bank Stabilization Project$167,625
LeverettShutesbury Road Culvert Enhancement$258,750
LynnBarry Park Green Infrastructure Project$147,367
LynnfieldRichardson Green Conservation Acquisition$1,638,750
MaldenMalden River Works for Waterfront Equity and Resilience$354,600
MarlboroughRegulatory Updates to Support Climate Resiliency$56,250
MarshfieldMarshfield Long-term Coastal Resiliency Plan$78,030
MashpeeWatershed-based Solutions to Increase Resilience to Harmful Algal Blooms in Santuit Pond in a Warmer and Wetter Climate$131,691
Melrose & Upper Mystic CommunitiesWorking Across Boundaries to Minimize Stormwater Flood Damage in the Upper Mystic Watershed$108,655
Melrose, Malden, & MedfordMelrose, Malden, and Medford Building Resilience, Efficiency, and Affordability Project$101,108
MendonMendon Town Hall Campus Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Design through Contractor Mobilization$169,905
Methuen & LawrenceSearles Pond/Bloody Brook Corridor Resilience Planning$80,250
MillburyArmory Village Green Infrastructure Project- Phase II$366,000
MillisFlood Resiliency Plan$170,000
Natick, Framingham, & AshlandBuilding Relationships and Resilience with MetroWest Environmental Justice Neighborhoods$127,150
Natick & Charles River Watershed CommunitiesBuilding Resilience Across the Charles River Watershed Phase II$233,085
New BedfordNew Bedford Green Infrastructure Master Strategy and Implementation Roadmap$432,440
NorthbridgeCarpenter Road Causeway Alternatives Analysis and Source Water Green Infrastructure Protection Plan$146,100
NorwoodTraphole Brook Flood Prevention and Stream Restoration Project$682,421
Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury, Edgartown, Chilmark, Aquinnah, & GosnoldMartha’s Vineyard and Gosnold Climate Action Plan, Phase II$173,843
Peabody & SalemPeabody-Salem Resilient North River Corridor & Riverwalk Project$150,000
PepperellSucker Brook Continuity Restoration$492,030
PlymouthSubterranean Resiliency: Predicting, Assessing and Mitigating Saltwater Intrusion$304,915
RevereGibson Park Resili

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