North Shore cities and towns could get more money for local projects through a $2.4 billion environmental bond bill that was sent to the governor's desk on Monday.
The legislation was among a slew of major bills lawmakers have been racing to wrap up as the formal session quickly draws to a close. Even if Gov. Charlie Baker signs the bill — he has until Aug. 9 — the money will not necessarily be spent on the projects. He would need to release the funds separately for projects, at a later date.
Lawmakers say the bill is focused on preparing for climate change, protecting natural resources, and investing in parks and other recreational areas.
Rep. Jerry Parisella, D-Beverly, said the bill also authorizes the governor to spend $2 million to dredge the Bass River, $500,000 to make repairs to get the Greenergy solar park at Beverly High School operational again, and $500,000 for restoration of the Miles River, which runs through Beverly, Wenham, Hamilton and Ipswich.
“Massachusetts has been a leader in combating climate change, and this bill will ensure that we do our part to mitigate the impacts of global warming, while also providing vital funds for improvements to our parks, wetlands, coastal areas and enhance the 'green' economy,” Parisella said. (read more)
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