BECKET, Mass. (WWLP) – More than $10 million was awarded to assist communities and groups across Massachusetts in addressing deteriorating dams and refurbishing critical coastal infrastructure. Two dams in western Massachusetts are being included in this funding, which is part of the Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Fund and the Governor’s annual capital budget.
The awards include engineering or construction phase support for seven dam repair projects, five dam removal projects, and eight coastal protection reconstruction projects.
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Dam and Seawall Program will award $2.91 million to 12 towns statewide, two in western Massachusetts, for dam projects.
The awards include both grants and loans to help finalize the designs, to reconstruct critical infrastructure, or to remove obsolete or unneeded structures.
The dam projects in western Massachusetts include:
- Becket- Sherwood Forest Lake District- $52,500 in grants
- The Lancelot Lake Dam in Becket is classified as a high hazard level dam and it is in poor condition. This award will support the planning and engineering phase of the project to return the dam to safety standards.
- Westfield- $150,000 grant
- The Tekoa Reservoir Dam, located on Moose Meadow Brook in Montgomery. The dam impounds a reservoir that can provide water for the City of Westfield, but has not been used for this purpose in years. The City determined the reservoir is no longer needed as a potential water supply, therefore they will be removing of the 32 foot tall, 200 foot wide dam.