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Braintree, Hingham and Hull receive climate change grants from state

Braintree, Hingham and Hull receive climate change grants from state

BOSTON — The towns of Braintree, Hingham and Hull will each receive a portion of $4 million in state grants to combat the effects of climate change.

In announcing the grants, Gov. Charlie Baker said that climate change presents challenges for the state's coastal communities, such as increasing storm damage and flooding risks during high tides and coastal storms.

"Our administration remains committed to providing necessary financial and technical support to proactively protect coastal infrastructure from these increasing threats, which is why we have proposed nearly $1 billion in funding for critical environmental initiatives like climate resilient infrastructure through our federal American Rescue Plan Act spending plan," Baker said in a statement.

One of the largest grants goes to Braintree, which will receive $772,580 for a project to mitigate erosion and prevent flooding at Watson Park, which is located along the Weymouth Fore River.

The project includes the construction of a 500-foot long, 2-feet-tall earthen berm, along the the park's riverfront to mitigate coastal storm and climate change impacts. The work will also include salt marsh restoration, coastal bank stabilization and storm water management.

Two storms in 2018 flooded much of the park, which is home of the East Braintree Little League and the Petersen Splash Pad. The improvements are designed to protect the park for another half-century.

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