Congresswoman Clark has submitted funding requests for important community projects in MA-5 to the House Appropriations Committee.
Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.
In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Congresswoman Clark has certified that she, her spouse, and her immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects s/he has requested.
NOTE: The projects are listed in alphabetical order by project name.
FY22 Appropriations Community Project Funding (CPF) Requests
Project Name: Charles River Flood Model
Amount Requested: $400,000.00
Intended Recipient: Charles River Watershed Association, Inc., 190 Park Road, Weston, MA 02493
Explanation of Request: The funding would be used for improving the ability of the Charles River Flood Model to support stormwater management and completing designs on specific nature-based solutions that the Charles River Flooding Model demonstrates to be effective at managing stormwater and increasing climate resilience in numerous Charles River watershed communities. Developing riverine models to help address the impacts from increased rain events and runoff is a priority in the Massachusetts Integrated State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan.
Project Name: Chris Walsh Aqueduct Trail Connectivity Project
Amount Requested: $220,000.00
Intended Recipient: City of Framingham, 150 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702
Explanation of Request: The funding would be used for the design development, final design and permitting process for the Chris Walsh Aqueduct Trail Connectivity Project. Once constructed, this project will provide thousands of residents in the Downtown Framingham area, primarily from environmental justice neighborhoods, with direct access to this recreational corridor and opportunity to enjoy open space. The City is committed to furthering the legacy of the late State Representative Chris Walsh by providing all its residents with access to beautiful open space.
Project Name: Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center Interpreter Services Program
Amount Requested: $1,000,000.00
Intended Recipient: Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Inc., 650 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605
Explanation of Request: The funding would be used for Kennedy Community Health’s interpreter services program to address the language needs of the underserved communities of MetroWest and Central Massachusetts. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Kennedy Community Health aims to provide quality, accessible and affordable health care to anyone in need. With a patient population that is predominantly low-income, as well as ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse, achieving health equity is at the core of their mission. As the area’s only provider of refugee health assessments, Kennedy Community Health has become the medical home for individuals who speak over 92 different languages, making the interpreter services program vital to their ability to communicate with their patients and provide high quality care.
Project Name: Hurld Park Green Infrastructure Project
Amount Requested: $262,500.00
Intended Recipient: City of Woburn, 10 Common Street, Woburn, MA 01801
Explanation of Request: The funding would be used for completing engineering designs for a major (11.3 acres) green infrastructure project in Woburn. This project will make its surrounding neighborhood significantly more heat and flood resilient as climate change increases both summer temperatures and rainfall intensity. Community co-benefits include stormwater pollution remediation through a constructed wetland; stream, floodplain and wetland restoration; ADA-accessible paths; community gardens; and both active and passive recreation. This project will benefit over 24,000 residents—including three environmental justice neighborhoods located within a mile of the site—and will contribute to regional flood management, specifically for the communities of Winchester, Arlington, Medford, Cambridge, and Somerville.
Project Name: Malden Lead Line Replacement Program
Amount Requested: $3,360,000.00
Intended Recipient: City of Malden, 215 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
Explanation of Request: The funding would be used for accelerating the replacement of lead service lines delivering drinking water to Malden residents. In recent years, Malden has been identified as the community with the highest percentage of lead service lines in the Greater Boston Area. The City has undertaken an aggressive program to reduce the number of lead lines, but as of 2021 there are 2,076 lead lines remaining. This funding will allow the City to replace both the public and private sides of the lead service lines, removing a significant health hazard for low-income residents who cannot afford the cost of replacement themselves.
Project Name: MetroWest Scholars Early Start in Waltham
Amount Requested: $594,000.00
Intended Recipient: Framingham State University, 100 State Street, Framingham, MA 01701
Explanation of Request: The funding would be used for Framingham State University (FSU) and Massachusetts Bay Community College (MassBay) to scale their MetroWest Scholars Early Start Early College Project to reach underserved youth and families in the community of Waltham. The program will be delivered in partnership with Waltham Middle and High School, the MetroWest College Planning Collaborative (CPC), and dual enrollment courses from both FSU and MassBay. This project will build a robust Early College program in Waltham to create pathways to college completion and economic stability for the City’s ELL, first generation, newcomer, and underserved populations.
Project Name: Mystic and Charles Regional Coastal Flood Interventions Project
Amount Requested: $750,000.00
Intended Recipient: Town of Arlington, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
Explanation of Request: The funding would be used for analysis, planning, and sequencing for a coordinated set of coastal resilience strategies and interventions that together will reduce the risk of coastal flooding to nine vulnerable communities in the Boston area: Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, and Revere.
Project Name: Waltham Embassy Parking Lot Project
Amount Requested: $280,000.00
Intended Recipient: City of Waltham, 610 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02452
Explanation of Request: The funding would be used for detailed engineering designs and construction of a green infrastructure retrofit of the Embassy Parking Lot in Waltham. This retrofit design, which includes the installation of small, strategically located bioretention areas and infiltration trenches, will improve aesthetics, reduce the phosphorus load by 50%, and improve the quality of stormwater discharging into the Charles River in a cost-effective way. This project will serve as an example of next generation parking lot design for the City of Waltham and every other community in the Charles River watershed.
Project Name: Wellington Greenway Phase IV
Amount Requested: $500,000.00
Intended Recipient: City of Medford, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA 02155
Explanation of Request: The funding would be used for the construction of the final phase (Phase IV) of the Wellington Greenway, which is part of a 10-mile continuous waterfront path and park system along the Mystic and Malden Rivers, providing a regional active transportation and recreation system for residents, employees, and visitors. Phase IV is a 0.3-mile shared-use path along the Malden River in Medford and the Wellington MBTA Rapid Transit Station. This project will create equitable access to safe, off-road walking and biking corridors for surrounding environmental justice communities while mitigating the traffic impacts of the increased residential and commercial development in the area.
Project Name: Wonderland Multimodal Connector
Amount Requested: $4,000,000.00
Intended Recipient: Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Ten Park Plaza, Suite 4160, Boston, MA 02116
Explanation of Request: The funding would be used for planning and design for a new commuter rail platform and multimodal transportation connector in the City of Revere, linking the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line to the MBTA Blue Line. This project has key benefits not only for the City of Revere, but for the entire region. Creating greater regional and local transportation access would alleviate regional congestion for commuters into the City of Boston and local congestion along Route 1A. The project will also increase connectivity for the environmental justice and low-income communities of Revere, East Boston, Chelsea, and Winthrop to major transit hubs.