Great to be here at Gray’s Beach in Kingston for announcement of new FY20 Coastal Resilience Grants. These grants support local efforts to plan for and reduce coastal storm and climate change impacts in our coastal communities. Duxbury received two grants totaling just over $300K.
I was joined by my colleagues Sen. Patrick O’Connor, Rep. Sue Giffords and Rep. Kathy LaNatra and leaders from the Executive Office of Energy Environmental Affairs and the Office of Coastal Zone Management which made the awards.
The Duxbury Beach Reservation will receive $131K for the design and permitting of natural storm damage protection measures. The town of Duxbury, jointly with the town of Marshfield, will receive another $175K for beach and dune nourishment at critically eroded beaches in the two towns.
Great job by the Duxbury Beach Reservation and the Town of Duxbury planning department which submitted the grant applications. With rising sea levels, more frequent storm events and aging coastal infrastructure, we are facing a triple threat. These funds will help our local communities be better prepared and more climate resilient. Thanks to the Baker-Polito administration and especially to Speaker DeLeo who has prioritize climate adaptation funding in the legislature.