Duxbury, MA: Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc., owner of 4.5 miles of Duxbury Beach, was awarded a Coastal Resilience Grant through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) in the amount of $500,000. This grant is an important first step toward implementing a large-scale re-nourishment project along 3,600 feet of Duxbury Beach.
Seventeen communities were awarded a total of $3.2 million to fund projects focused on preparing for storm and climate change impacts. Duxbury Beach Reservation (DBR) received the maximum funding amount and the largest award among the recipients. “However, it was anything but a simple process,” said Reservation Executive Director, Cris Luttazi, “Unlike past grants awarded to DBR, this one required that we file an extensive Environmental Notification Form which consisted of a lengthy submission process, on-site review and coordination with eight state agencies.”
The project was designed by Woods Hole Group and several Duxbury Beach Reservation trustees to provide erosion control, buffer storm surge, and protect critical habitat for wildlife. The project will take place between the first and second crossovers on the drive-on portion of Duxbury Beach. According to wave modelling and sediment transport work performed by the Woods Hole Group, this section is one of the narrowest parts of Duxbury Beach and experiences increased wave energy during both normal conditions and storm events. Completion of this project will bolster the ability of Duxbury Beach to protect the communities behind it, particularly in the face of sea level rise and increased storm impacts.
The total estimated project cost is $1.7 million. With a project start of Fall 2018 and a deadline of April 1, 2019 for completion, the Reservation is relying on financial support from everyone who values Duxbury Beach for its vital role in protecting the town from the impacts of storms and climate change, as well as for its beauty and history.
About the Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc:
In 1919, a group of Duxbury summer residents who wanted to protect the beach from development purchased approximately 4.5 miles of Duxbury Beach. Since then the Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. has worked to restore and preserve Duxbury Beach, maintaining its natural state and allowing people access to use and enjoy.
Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3, donations are tax deductible and will help to rebuild our beach. http://www.duxburybeach.com/help/