Northampton, Belchertown, others land grants for climate change preparation

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Published: 6/9/2017 11:01:57 PM

NORTHAMPTON — State grants to prepare for climate change and extreme weather events will go to several Hampshire County municipalities, the Baker-Polito administration announced Thursday.

Northampton received $20,000 in Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grants, while Belchertown and Pelham received $15,000 apiece.

“This grant supports the city’s own investment in preparing for climate change and the climate change adaptation effort that we are making in this year’s capital budget,” Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz said in a press release Friday. “Regardless of what happens in Washington, Northampton will remain a leader in sustainability, including preparing for climate change.”

Neighboring Franklin County towns also received funding. Ashfield and Conway received $20,000 through a regional partnership application; Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, and Deerfield received $15,000 each; and Montague received $17,000.

Statewide, the office of Energy and Environmental Affairs awarded 71 cities and towns more than $1.1 million in Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grants.

“Massachusetts is committed to combating and preparing for the impacts of climate change, and our Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program is designed to ensure our communities can work together on building resilience with the best planning tools, data and resources from the state,” said Gov. Charlie Baker in a press release Thursday. “We are proud that so many of our cities and towns are involved and using their local knowledge and community strengths to partner with the Commonwealth.”

The Greenfield Recorder’s Andy Castillo contributed to this story. Steve Musal can be reached at smusal@gazettenet.com.


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