Wareham receives $24,000 grant for environment, climate change mitigation

By Lydia Goerner | Jun 08, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton announces grants for the state at Onset Pier.

Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton spoke to a group of representatives from towns across Massachusetts Thursday morning, announcing grants and reaffirming the state’s commitment to adapting to and mitigating the impact of climate change in the state.

Over the next two years, 71 Massachusetts communities will receive a total of $1.2 million to deal with the consequences of a changing climate.

Many speakers from around the state stood on Onset Pier and spoke about their commitment to the environment and the need to look at the facts fairly without making the environment a partisan issue.

After President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris Accord last week, Beaton said Massachusetts must show leadership and acknowledge the real effects of climate change.

These grants will allow the community to identify the issues that need attention and give them resources to fix them, State Representative  Susan Williams Gifford (R-Wareham) said.

“We all have some very particular needs when it comes to the effects of climate change,” Gifford said.

For Wareham, Gifford suggested this could include the wastewater treatment facility, developing low-lying areas in town and overall identifying areas of concern in Wareham.

The town received a grant for $24,000, which was “on the higher end of the 70 communities that received money,” Gifford said.

Gifford said Onset Pier was chosen as the venue for the event because it emphasized the coastal environment, since that is a great concern when it comes to the issue of climate change.

This issue is especially relevant to the coastal community, State Senator Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton) explained. Wareham and other towns near the water are particularly "vulnerable" to climate change. He encouraged lawmakers to create statutes that emphasize the importance of resiliency and climate adaptation.

“It’s great for us to say, and it’s true that Massachusetts is one of the leaders with California in climate policy,” Pacheco said. “It’s great for all of us to sign on to goals...it is yet a very different thing to pass meaningful, actionable items in the legislature that continues to move us forward.”

Representatives from across Massachusetts attended Thursday's announcement to show support for the grants. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Rep. Susan Gifford talks about the importance of towns assessing where they can best use grant money to fight against climate change. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Sen. Marc Pacheco encourages legislation to be passed that will produce meaningful results. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Comments (8)
Posted by: felinesmom | Jun 08, 2017 16:24

Does Pacheco ever step foot in Wareham except for photo ops?

Posted by: bob | Jun 08, 2017 17:52

FELINESMOM,Yea, when he has his foot, to the pedal on his way to his cottage in Falmouth.

Posted by: cranky pants | Jun 08, 2017 23:02

So what exactly is this money going to, and how can I get some ?

Posted by: Uptohere | Jun 09, 2017 11:44

Climate change, global warming, global cooling, just another lie to take taxpayer money. Of course weather changes that's the way of life. You might as well try to stop the tide from coming in....oh wait you do try. SMH. And that Paris extortion bid they tried, Thank God President Trump is a businessman and hopefully can stop more of this crap.

Posted by: cranky pants | Jun 09, 2017 14:04

So really...

What does this money fund ? Who's pocket is this money going into ?

How about using this money to fight these gypsy moth caterpillars, they are killing our trees...

Without trees, your climate will certainly change.


*edited 6/10

Posted by: greycat | Jun 11, 2017 20:27

a hurricane dike across the herring run!

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jun 13, 2017 13:50

"Climate Change" The biggest hoax ever.

Posted by: barnstorm | Jun 13, 2017 16:15

I vote all $24,000 go to gypsy moth extermination!

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