Latest round of Massachusetts dredging grants

Earlier this week, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $3.2 million in grants to six dredging projects through the Massachusetts Dredging Program, established to promote the strength and sustainability of the Commonwealth’s coastal harbors through support of saltwater dredging.

The announcement was made at the Chatham Harbormaster Building in Stage Harbor on July 26, 2022.

The Dredging Program awards grants on a competitive basis, with a focus on shovel-ready projects that contribute to the economic vitality, recreational value, public safety, and resilience of coastal harbors.

“Our administration remains committed to ensuring the strength and capacity of the Commonwealth’s coastal harbors by providing targeted resources to support saltwater dredging,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

“The Massachusetts Dredging Program provides key funding to help these communities complete shovel-ready dredging projects for the long-term success of our coastal harbors,” commented Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

According to the Baker-Polito administration, the grants will support the removal of an estimated 188,000 cubic yards of harbor material, deepening berths or navigational channels in six communities.

With this latest round of grants, since 2019, the Massachusetts Dredging Program has awarded more than $19 million for 28 public dredging projects, tapping into more than $25 million in matching funds. Projects have expanded or preserved the use of more than 8,000 moorings and dockage slips, and navigation for more than 900 commercial vessels.