Jul 19, 2019

Massachusetts Town Awarded Grant for Green Infrastructure

Millbury, Mass., will fund program to help with flood control & storm water runoff

Millbury, Mass., will fund program to help with flood control & storm water runoff

A Massachusetts town received a $1 million grant to help fund a green infrastructure project.

According to the Worcester Business Journal, the grant is from the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program and will help with flood control and storm water runoff in the town of Millbury, Mass. The grant will fund multiple green infrastructure such as storm water planters, bioretention bump-outs, rain gardens, tree box filter, tree planting and porous pavement. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides awarded the grant July 16 in a statement, according to The Boston Globe. It is “the largest release of climate change funding in state history,” the release said. 

“Massachusetts has been a national leader in addressing climate change, and these grants represent the Commonwealth’s largest funding commitment ever to improving community resiliency,” Baker said in the statement, according to the The Boston Globe

The grant awarded $12 million to multiple Massachusetts communities. According to the Worcester Business Journal, $1.7 million was given to 65 communities to pursue a community plan to identify climate change vulnerabilities. Thirty-four communities were given the remaining $10.3 million to help fund improvement projects in the community. 

“While Massachusetts continues to be a leader in pursuing clean energy options, it’s also important to help communities identify opportunities to reduce risks and to build resilience against potential threats such as extreme weather and climate-related hazards,” said Massachusetts Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) in a statement, according to the Worcester Business Journal. “This funding through the [Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness] program will go a long way to help my hometown of Millbury adapt to climate change, and to implement recommendations previously identified by the community.”