351 cities and towns may inflict damage on their climate resilience funding if they use it

351 cities and towns may inflict damage on their climate resilience funding if they use it ...

Thank you for your excellent editorial encouraging support for using at least $900 million in climate resilience investments from funding Massachusetts received from the American Rescue Plan Act (Massachusetts lawmakers should move urgently on climate threats, Sept. 19).

The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program is one of the key programs included in this $900 million proposal that could and should receive at least $300 million is the Municipal Veilability Assistance Grant Program. The MVP program provides state funds and technical assistance to communities to assist pay for their highest local priorities in order to keep people and places safe in the face of extreme weather.

MVP is presently funded by around $10 million to $20 million per year, dividing greatly between 351 worthy towns and towns. Giving this program a crucial $300 million in funding over the following years would be able to change communities that have already been plagued by flooding, droughts, and heat waves.

Julie Wormser is a lawyer who has worked in the business.

Deputy director

Mystic River Watershed Association is a member of the Mystico River watershed Federation.

Arlington, VA

The writer co-facilitates the Resilient Mystic Collaborative, a voluntary climate resilience agreement between 20 municipalities.

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