October 21, 2020

Moulton, Warren and Markey Announce $3 Million Grant for Gloucester Seaport

GLOUCESTER, Mass.Representative Seth Moulton and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey announced that the city of Gloucester will receive a $3 million grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to protect the city from flooding.

"America's oldest working seaport is Gloucester's economic and cultural heart. We must protect it from flooding, and this $3 million grant will help do that," Moulton said."This money will give businesses the confidence to expand, creating jobs at a time when we desperately need them."

“This EDA funding is wonderful news for the City of Gloucester," said Senator Warren."Protecting our Commonwealth’s coastal communities from the effects of flooding will promote regional economic growth and help ensure that cities like Gloucester remain resilient and robust, much like the community members within them.”

Senator Markey said: “Gloucester is constantly innovating to make America’s oldest seaport a hub that both celebrates its commercial fishing industry and capitalizes on its assets. For this innovation to continue, it is critical that the City’s Water Pollution Control Facility, susceptible to storm surge and flood events, be able to safely support future growth. Securing these vital federal funds will help ensure Gloucester remains a maritime leader.”

The grant funds the final design, permitting, and construction of a flood barrier to protect Gloucester’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF). It will also support recovery efforts from past flooding disasters in the area.

The project has an estimated cost of $3,522,412. Local funds will cover what the federal grant doesn’t. The project’s location next to a designated Opportunity Zone means the funds could help attract private investments that create jobs.

Congress funded the grant and others like it across the country through the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019, which provides the EDA with nearly $600 million in additional Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program funds for communities across the country that were affected by natural disasters in 2018.

In July, Rep. Moulton, joined by Senators Warren and Markey, wrote to EDA’s Regional Director Linda Cruz-Carnall, calling for the EDA to approve the city’s grant application. The trio advocated for the city’s grant to be approved on the grounds that Gloucester’s deepwater port, central to the region’s economy, was threatened by flooding at the WPCF.