Quincy: Secretary Beaton Announces Grants for Local Towns

Along the Sea Street seawall in Quincy, representatives from towns around the state gathered for the announcement of grants that would help their communities.

The grants come from the Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs as part of its Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Program.

Secretary Matthew Beaton from the EEA was on hand for the event, he said dams and seawalls are a critical part of community infrastructure.

“It’s great to have so many members of the legislature here for this. It means a heck of a lot to the communities, because the communities really live with it on a day to day basis,” said Beaton. “It’s great that Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito have prioritized these investments to be able to go into the communities and actually help address some of the more pressing needs in each one of these communities.”

From Westfield to Fall River, representatives from 10 communities around the state spoke about how the grants would help improve their towns.

“It’s gratifying to me, this legislation is what I wrote several years ago that we were able to get passed,” said Representative Jim Cantwell from the Fourth Plymouth District. “It’s now resulted in over $45 million for cities and towns to try and address seawalls particularly. I’m thrilled to see $6 million coming back to my two towns.”

Projects in Scituate include a new seawall at Third Cliff, and replacing a seawall between Old Beach Road and 9th Road in Marshfield.

In Quincy, $440,000 will go towards designing and eventually repairing the seawall on Sea Street.

“These seawalls are in need of repair,” said Quincy Mayor Tom Koch. “According to some of the adjustments, according to climate change, sea level rise, we’re going to be looking whether we should be elevating these more.”

Secretary Matthew Beaton speaks about the grant program from the Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Secretary Matthew Beaton speaks about the grant program from the Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

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