Plymouth, Marshfield, and Hull are among 16 municipalities across the Commonwealth getting help from the state for dam removals or seawall repairs.
Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan was in Plymouth this morning to outline the grants and loans totaling thirteen point five million dollars.
“It was an open application process to all the communities. We certainly were looking at issues of match where that was available. We did look at critical need,” said Secretary Sullivan. “We looked at a whole host of criteria when they did the rankings – threat to public safety, were there benefits to the business district, were there benefits to the environment?”
In Plymouth, $730,000 in loan money will be going towards taking out the Plymco Dam on Town Brook.
Marshfield is getting $480,000 to repair the revetment, the rocks that line the shore, along Ocean Street in Brant Rock, according to DPW Director Tom Reynolds.
“There’s a lot of coastal infrastructure, private homes, water and sewer infrastructure, and the roadways. It’s almost like a domino effect, as it washes out underneath it drops down,” Reynolds said. “This will enable us to rebuild the toe of the revetment, give it a little more support at the base.”
One of the larger grants, $2.75 million, is going to Hull where the Stoney Beach Seawall will be reconstructed. It’ll protect a thin piece of land that connects Hull Village to the mainland.
Funding is coming from the Energy and Environmental Affairs Environmental Bond, along with grants and low interest loans from the Seawall Repair and Removal Fund.