Senator Dan Wolf announced that the town of Oak Bluffs will receive a $200,000 Coastal Community Resilience Grant. The money will be used to better buttress three wastewater facilities against flood hazards and future sea level rise. The electrical panels at the pump stations will be raised and a permanent generator will be installed at one of the locations. The pump stations serve nearly the entire sewered population in Oak Bluffs.
“This is great news for the town,” recently re-elected wastewater commissioner Gail Barmakian said. “James Monteith and Lisa Merit deserve a lot of credit: they worked very hard on this. We’re a quiet little department, but we get things done.”
Coastal Community Resilience Grants were also awarded to Barnstable, Brewster, and Provincetown. Under the program, coastal towns can receive funding for hazard mitigation and infrastructure improvements relating to the effects of climate change, including coastal storms, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise.
The grants are provided through the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) as part of Governor Patrick’s efforts to invest in local climate preparedness, according to a press release from Senator Wolf’s office.