The Baker-Polito administration has announced more than $11.5 million in grants and loans to help a number of municipalities deal with their deteriorating dams and sea walls.
The awards include engineering-phase or construction-phase support for 10 dam repair projects, six dam removals, and six coastal protection reconstruction projects. Several communities south of Boston are included in this round of state aid.
Braintree: $75,000 toward removal of the Armstrong Dam
The removal of the dam and the related fish ladder at the Great Pond Reservoir will provide a path for fish to the reservoir for the first time since the 1800s, improve water quality in the river, and open up public access.
Brockton: $135,256 toward repair of the Ellis Brett Pond Dam
This is one of seven dams in D.W. Field Park, six of which have inadequate spillway or flood conveyance capacity. The grant will also fund a study to evaluate the spillway capacity of the seven dams.
Foxborough: $126,600 toward removal of the West Street Dam
The dam is not currently in use, and the ecology in the area would improve and West Street would no longer be threatened if it were replaced by a culvert or a bridge.
Norton: $261,000 for repair of the Chartley Pond Dam
There is a growing sinkhole behind the spillway of the dam and deterioration of its upstream wall. If the dam were to fail, 25 streets in Norton and 12 streets in Taunton would be affected.
Plymouth: $1 million for removal of the Holmes Playground Dam
The removal of the dam and replacement of the bridge infrastructure will reduce the risk of flooding during extreme weather events and restore floodplain connectivity. This is the final project in a 15-year initiative to restore Town Brook.
Scituate: $227,309 toward upgrade of the Scituate Reservoir Dam
During the drought in 2016, Scituate experienced a severe water shortage. This project will increase the dam’s storage capacity to include an additional 28 days’ worth of water. The upgrade will also allow water to flow into First Herring Brook.
Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts (Kingston): $125,100 toward removal of the Sylvia Place Dam
If the dam on the Wildlands Trust Stewart/Person Preserve were to fail, Bryant Mill Pond would overflow and cause damage to Sylvia Place Road, Elm Street, and nearby homes.
Marshfield: $1,852,875 for repair of the Brant Rock sea wall
This grant will repair a deteriorated section of sea wall on Ocean Street near Brant Rock. An 80-foot section of the sea wall failed in January 2015.
Quincy: $225,000 toward repair of the Houghs Neck sea wall
The Houghs Neck sea wall protects Sea Street, the only evacuation route for many neighborhoods. The city is designing repairs for many of the coastal structures in the area, many of which are nearing the end of their 50-year life expectancy.
Weymouth: $1,685,887 for repair of the Fore River Avenue sea wall
This grant will fund repairs on a 905-foot sea wall and revetment that were constructed in the 1950s and are at risk for significant damage and possible failure if a major coastal storm were to hit Weymouth. A 325-foot section of the eastern segment of the sea wall will be relocated and reconstructed.Julia Preszler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.