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EPA offers help to make towns more resilient to flooding

February 7, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Two Massachusetts communities have been chosen to receive help from the Environmental Protection Agency in finding ways to become more resilient to flooding.

Scituate and Newburyport were chosen to receive EPA technical assistance through the agency’s “Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities” program. The projects will involve a team of EPA-led experts and will include the public in workshops.

Scituate Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi said the town is significantly impacted by coastal storms that tax its infrastructure, residents and resources. Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday said the town has increasingly experienced severe flooding and coastal erosion during storms.

Since 2011, the EPA program has provided assistance to 130 communities in 41 states.

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