The Regional Saugus River Floodgate Project is a coastal flood protection project to provide a very high level of protection to the Cities of Lynn, Malden and Revere, and the town of Saugus, Massachusetts. The region is five (5) miles north of Boston and is the most vulnerable area along the Massachusetts coast to storm surge flooding and sea level rise, and possibly along the US coast.
The US Army Corps of Engineers New England Division investigated solutions to the problem with 5 Steering Committees over 4 years ($2.6 million). The Recommended Regional Project includes a Floodgate structure at the mouth of the Saugus River with nine (9) gated openings, designed to provide safe passage for navigation and the natural tide levels and flushing in the 1,650 acre tidal Estuary landward of the gates. The Estuary would be purchased and managed to protect its flood water storage and environmental resources. The gates would be tied to 3.1 miles of shorefront improvements along Lynn Harbor, Point of Pines and the Revere Beach Reservation. It would protect 5,000 buildings, 8,000 housing units, 10,000 residents, 20,000 employees and 400,000 commuters in the region against the worst coastal storm likely to occur and against sea level rise, estimated damages at $ 1.3 billion.
A 2.5 year final design effort ($6 million) completed most investigations and the modeling of the Floodgates and shorefront improvements. The project would cost an estimated $230 million (2020 p.l.) and be cost shared with the Federal Government. A narrow opening in an abandoned I-95 embankment restricts tidal flows to 500 acres in the upper Estuary deteriorating the wetlands. The project has the opportunity to breach the embankment and restore the wetlands.
Although the US Congress authorized the Project for construction, a new State Secretary of Environmental Affairs in the fall of 1993 was opposed to construction along the Massachusetts coast and stopped it, and since it has been de-authorized. Currently, renewed interest in the Project by the communities, along with the Governor’s interest to help communities facing flooding from sea level rise, may help to restart the Project.
3-31-20 The web site was completed so I advised Federal & State legislators, City Councillors, Selectmen, community contacts and DCR of the purpose and web site name.
3-26-20 - Ashley Melnik, Clerk of Revere's City Council was advised by Councillor Giannino that my presentation to the City Council is being pushed back until May due to the virus outbreak and she would get in touch with me once a date is set. Also, there are two display TVs that can feed from a lap top. I told her I had made tripods for the displays to be set up in the lobby.
-- Malden City Councilor Stephen Winslow advised that public forums of all types are on hold for awhile.
3/18/20 - Saugus' Peter Manoogian called requesting if ok to link web site to Facebook on Project, and Yahoo account. I told him it was his Project.
-- Articles sent to Corp's Public Affairs Office to publish/inform all those from Waltham/Concord, St. Louis District, and Vicksburg who had worked so enthusiastically on this project that communities are very interested in re-starting project. Sally pleased to hear from me, grateful to receive articles & provided info to Scott.
3/17/20 - Revere's councilor Giannino advised Council meeting postponed till next month to have as much public input as possible. City clerk Ashley advised presentation postponed to April 27th. (City Hall closed due to Coronavirus.)
3/16/20 -Saugus announced all town buildings closed as of March 17 to help control spread of coronavirus.
-- Sent message to A2Z Computing Services, Inc. who are donating their time/talent to develop Web Site and worked hard and late all week/weekend to prepare Web Site ready for viewing by Revere & Saugus officials this week prior to their meetings: "An absolutely incredible Job!!! It provides opportunity for Congressmen, State & city politicians .et al. to quickly access answers to any question, disseminate information throughout the region and Washington reviewers, provide location to update status, and provide a beautiful and meaning first impression for a very important Project!! Now get back to work!"
3/15/20 - Advised Revere City Clerk and Saugus Board of Selectmen Clerk that if their meeting was cancelled (because of Coronavirus) that a conference call could be set up and use the well organized web site.