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McGovern, Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Applauds U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Funding For Massachusetts Projects

Millions in funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act coming to MA ports and waterways

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Washington, January 20, 2022 | comments

WASHINGTON– This week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced $14 billion in investments across the country to strengthen port and waterway supply chains and bolster climate resilience. These funds will be delivered through a combination of resources from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and a recent disaster relief supplemental appropriation. Within its total allocations for Fiscal Year 2022, the Army Corps will specifically invest $20.8 million in projects across Massachusetts.

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law we passed is supporting projects big and small throughout the commonwealth, including damage repair work at the Hodges River Dam in Oxford and the West Hill Dam in Uxbridge,” said Congressman McGovern. “These dams offer important flood prevention to homeowners and communities throughout Central Massachusetts, as well as trails and recreation opportunities that will be restored, repaired, and ready for visitors thanks to these investments.”

“From fortifying our communities bracing for the present-day impacts of climate change, to strengthening our waterways and port infrastructure to sustain our 21st century shipping economy, Army Corps funding for these projects is critical to economic success in the region and will make our communities safer for years to come,” said Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). “The future of Massachusetts rivers, lakes, and seas is bright with this historic investment into our Commonwealth’s water infrastructure.”

“Funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for our ports and waterways will help us grow our economy while enhancing our public safety,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). These pieces of infrastructure are critical to communities across the Commonwealth, and I look forward to seeing these important projects move forward.” 

“Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, $805,000 is soon headed to the First Congressional District to help ensure safety and resiliency at three Army Corps of Engineer-built flood control lakes in Huntington, East Brimfield, and Charlton,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means (MA-01). “With these new federal funds, we will be able to ensure that these recreational sites will be structurally secure and visitor-friendly for decades to come.”

The Massachusetts projects receiving funding in Fiscal Year 2022 include:

  • $4.89 million to dredge Wareham Harbor

  • $4.43 million to dredge the Essex River

  • $2.95 million to dredge Salem Harbor

  • $2.66 million for repairs in the Cape Cod Canal  

  • $2.5 million to dredge Newburyport Harbor

  • $1.8 million to dredge Cuttyhunk Harbor

  • $500,000 to dredge the Chatham Harbor

  • $355,000 to make handicap access improvements, parking, walkways, and roads at Buffumville Lake

  • $350,000 for gatehouse masonry repairs at Knightville Dam

  • $300,000 to reconstruct a section of Plymouth Long Beach Dike at Plymouth Harbor

  • $100,000 for electrical upgrades at the East Brimfield Lake gatehouse

  • $11,000 for damage repair at the Hodges Village Dam

  • $30,000 for damage repair at the West Hill Dam

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