The Town of Provincetown will benefit from two grants from the Commonwealth to assist with its coastal resiliency efforts.
Provincetown was awarded $80,355 to develop final design plans, construction specifications, and a monitoring and maintenance plan for the Dune Enhancement Project along a 250-foot section of Ryder Street Beach to withstand storm events and improve coastal storm damage protection and flood control in the downtown area.
Provincetown will also participate in a joint effort with the towns of Wellfleet, Eastham, and Truro that was awarded $546,180 as part of Phase 3 of a project aimed at Increasing Coastal Resiliency Through Intermunicipal Shoreline Management. This grant will help the towns continue a multi-phase project to pursue a regional approach to shoreline management for Eastern Cape Cod Bay. The project will develop a regional sand management program and public data portal and finalize conceptual design strategies for segments of four low-lying roads in the region. In Provincetown, this includes Route 6A between Snail Road and the Truro town line.
"Through these grants, we can continue our efforts to protect our coastline and our community,” said Tim Famulare, Conservation Agent for the Town of Provincetown. “I’m excited that these projects can continue to move forward as we work on other ways to make Provincetown more resilient to climate change.”
To aid Massachusetts’ coastal communities in preparing for severe coastal storms and the impacts of climate change, including storm surge, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $12.6 million in grants to support 27 local planning and shoreline management efforts. The funding, provided through the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), has been awarded to Barnstable, Boston, Brewster, Chatham, Chilmark, Cohasset, Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc., Gosnold, House of Seven Gables Settlement Association, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Marshfield, Mass Audubon, Mattapoisett, Nahant, New Bedford, Orleans, Plymouth, Provincetown, Salem, Scituate, Wareham, Wellfleet, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Additional municipal partners of these projects include Braintree, Chilmark, Dennis, Duxbury, Eastham, Falmouth, Truro, and Winthrop.
“The Town is committed to addressing the risks and hazards that are caused by the impacts of climate change,” said Town Manager Alex B. Morse. “These include coastal erosion and sea level rise, and we are grateful the state is recognizing the importance of these issues in our area by awarding these grants to the Outer Cape."