Reading Secures $2.1M for Stormwater Project
State Commits Funds for Maillet, Sommes, Morgan Constructed Stormwater Wetland
(READING, MA- August 30, 2022) – Today the Commonwealth released $32.6 million in state FY2023 Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grants, including $2,116,578 for the Reading Maillet, Sommes, Morgan Constructed Stormwater Wetland located between Willow Street and Lowell Street. The grant is part of $8.6 million designated for Resilient Mystic Collaborative (RMC) cities and towns, said the Mystic River Watershed Association today, aimed at supporting flood and heat resilience projects from Woburn to Revere.
Congressman Seth Moulton, along with Congresswomen Kathryn Clark and Ayanna Pressley are working to secure an additional $12.2 million in Community Project grants through the FY2023 federal budget, bringing the total in new funding for heat and flood resiliency to nearly $21 million. Reading’s portion of the federal funding would be $1.5 million.
Funded by an FY21 Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grant and in coordination with the Resilient Mystic Collaborative and Mystic River Watershed Association, the Town of Reading is nearing completion of a final conceptual design for an existing conservation area to capture and attenuate stormwater impacting the Aberjona River by creating adjacent offline storage areas. The constructed stormwater wetlands will reduce flooding, enhance open space, expand the existing path and trail system, and improve wildlife habitat. The project will also provide an opportunity to increase stormwater quality by filtering sediments and pollutants through the treatment train and series of wetlands and marshes.
“We are excited to see the Commonwealth, through the MVP grant, support this project, which will make a significant impact on Reading and our neighbors by storing stormwater and reducing flooding along the Aberjona River,” said Fidel Maltez, Reading Town Manager. “Now we wait to see the outcome of federal funding, and then we can get to work improving public safety, reducing property loss, enhancing our network of trails, and protecting our natural resources.