COHASSET — Town Manager Christopher Senior and Director of Planning and Zoning Lauren Lind are pleased to announce that the Town of Cohasset has been awarded funding through the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ 2023 Coastal Resilience Grant Program.
The Town has been awarded $161,925 to assess the vulnerability of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Influent Pump Station located in Jacob’s Meadow and other public assets to current and future flooding conditions within the Cohasset Cove and James Brook Watershed. The project, “Cohasset Cove and James Brook Watershed Flood Vulnerability Assessment and Resiliency Strategies,” will develop resiliency strategies to mitigate flooding risks to these critical local and regional resources.
The Town has been proactively working towards improving climate resilience of Cohasset Harbor and the James Brook watershed areas throughout the past several years. This project represents the next step in a series of ongoing climate resilience preparation and data collection initiatives that are a result of implementation efforts of long-range planning goals identified in the Town’s state-approved Municipal Harbor Plan and the Cohasset Master Plan.
Representatives from the EOEEA, including Secretary Bethany Card, presented 27 projects from various communities totaling $12.6 million at a ceremony at Pilgrim Memorial State Park in Plymouth on Monday, Sept. 19.
The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) administers the Coastal Resilience Grant Program to provide financial and technical support for local and regional efforts to increase community understanding of coastal storm and climate impacts, evaluate vulnerabilities, conduct adaptation planning, redesign and retrofit vulnerable public facilities and infrastructure, and restore shorelines to enhance natural resources and provide storm damage protection.
Managed through CZM’s StormSmart Coasts program, grants are available for a range of coastal resilience approaches—from planning, public outreach, feasibility assessment, and analysis of shoreline vulnerability to design, permitting, construction and monitoring. The program is open to the 78 municipalities located within the Massachusetts coastal zone.
For more information on the EOEEA Coastal Resilience Grant Program, click here.