CAW members applaud Town of Hampton for $185,800 Resilience Grant to Advance Flood Mitigation

By Kirsten Howard

On Nov. 18, 2019, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), NOAA, Shell and TransRe announced that the Town of Hampton was awarded $185,800 in grant funding from the National Coastal Resilience Fund. The grant funds will be matched by $185,800 of local funds and in-kind match from the Town of Hampton in order to accomplish a site assessment of chronic high tide and episodic coastal storm-based flooding in barrier beach neighborhoods along the harbor-side of the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary. The project will result in conceptual recommendations for flood mitigation strategies and selection of two to three high priority strategies that will mitigate flooding and restore natural hydrology to improve estuarine salt marsh habitat. The Hampton project proposal was developed in a partnership between the Town of Hampton and the NHDES Coastal Program, and the project team includes partners from the University of New Hampshire, the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and local consulting firms. The National Coastal Resilience Fund awarded forty-four grants totaling $29,339,774 in a nationally competitive request for proposals process. The 44 awards announced generated $59,993,875 in match from the grantees, providing a total conservation impact of $89,333,649. Read more about the National Coastal Resilience Fund and the 2019 awards. If you have questions about this project, please contact Kirsten Howard at the NHDES Coastal Program (