Flood Hazard Mitigation



The first informational meeting was held on March 28th, to present the initial engineering analysis of potential beach/dune nourishment and roadway elevation alternatives.  Below is a link to the video and PowerPoint Presentation of the meeting. For more information please email ndurfee@scituatema.gov.

Presentation Video produced by Scituate Cable TV click on link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5535MmvRzmQ

Powerpoint Presentation click on link: http://www.scituatema.gov/sites/scituatema/files/uploads/humarockpublicpresentation_20170328.pdf

A second informational meeting was be held on June 6th, at 6:00 PM to present the conceptual design of the recommended alternative of potential dune nourishment and roadway elevation project. John Ramsey, Principal Coastal Engineer, from Applied Coastal Research and Engineering presented the conceptual design and details of how the design will provide protection for north Central Avenue.

Powerpoint Presentation click on link: https://www.scituatema.gov/sites/scituatema/files/pages/humarockpublicpresentation_20170606.pd

              Presentation Video produced by Scituate Cable TV click on link: https://youtu.be/PskrOdWAU0Y

The first significant project to come on line for Humarock in this ongoing plan will be the South River Dredge Project. We have included a link to the South River Dredge Project and Easement Fact Sheet and the final report Elevating Roadway Improvements and Dune/Beach Nourishment along North Humarock for Improved Coastla Resiliency. To attain the necessary permits to put clean, compatible dredge sediments on your beach which will significantly increase protection of landmass and structures along the shoreline, it is vitally important that all property owners in the proposed reception area sign an easement allowing the work to take place. Residence response is critically necessary since required public funding for the project, and final permits for the work, cannot be made available without the execution of limited public access easements.

Only when we have assessed the willingness of property owners in the reception area to execute easements, can we determine whether or not the beneficial reuse of the South River dredge sediments and the Humarock dune nourishment project(s) can move forward as planned. Residents in this area need to consider this issue carefully from the standpoint of safety and damage mitigation for you and your neighbors. Below are links to the South River Dredge Project and Easement.

South River Dredge Project Fact Sheet:    http://www.scituatema.gov/sites/scituatema/files/uploads/south_river_dredge_project_fact_sheet.pdf

Easement: http://www.scituatema.gov/sites/scituatema/files/uploads/grant_of_easement_beach_final.pdf

Easement meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mxfhmfi75U​


Final Report: Elevating Roadway Improvements and Dune/Beach Nourishment along North Humarock for Improved Coastla Resiliency: https://www.scituatema.gov/flood-hazard-mitigation/files/elevating-roadway-improvements-and-dunebeach-nourishment-along-north

Project Handout: https://www.scituatema.gov/flood-hazard-mitigation/files/humarock-dune-nourishment-and-road-elevation-project-handout



Coastal Erosion, Sediment Transport, and Prioritization Management Strategy Assessment for Shoreline Protection


The Scituate Board of Selectmen at its October 18, 2016 meeting officially accepted the Coastal Erosion, Sediment Transport, and Prioritization Management Strategy Assessment for Shoreline Protection Report. This report was prepared by Applied Coastal Research and Engineering, Inc., in conjunction with the Town of Scituate and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.

This report will be used as a guideline for the town and the Board of Selectmen to assist with our coastal adaptation strategy. Scituate faces ongoing threats to our public and private infrastructure as a result of sea level rise, climate change and coastal erosion. The report will be referenced and used as a guideline to assist in the periodization of projects and attendant financial planning in our most critical areas along the coastline. The assessment is the culmination of engineering analytics, historic coastal data and public input from Scituate residents and town staff.

The Board of Selectmen is grateful to our town staff who worked diligently during the grant application process to the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management resulting in the awarding of $240,000.00 which fully paid for the engineering services from Applied Coastal Research and provided valuable input to the consultant during the course of the study.

Scituate continues to be a leader in coastal resiliency and its with great pleasure that we release the final document to the public for review.


The final Coastal Erosion, Sediment Transport, and Prioritization Management Strategy Assessment for Shoreline Protection Report is available at the Scituate Public Library, a link is provided below as well as on the left side of the Flood Hazard Mitigation website. Due to the size of the final document it has been divided into two section the main report and the appendix.






Assessment of Coastal Erosion


A presentation on the assessment of coastal erosion, flooding, storm damage patterns and recommendations regarding shore protection alternatives for each section of the Scituate coast was presented on June 16, 2016 at the Scituate High School Cafeteria. John Ramsey Principle Coastal Engineer, from Applied Coastal Research presented different shore protection options to achieve the long term coastal sustainability goals of the Town. A range of shore protections options was presented for each study area including cost, benefits, disadvantages and challenges. The presentation has been made available on the Town website on the left handside of this website and the video is below, Phase II, Assessment of Coastal Erosion June 16.



A progress summary of the town-wide prioritization assessment of coastal erosion study for shore protection needs was presented on April 28th at the Scituate High School.  John Ramsey, Principle Coastal Engineer, from Applied Coastal Research and Engineering presented the historical shoreline infrastructure damages, findings of the coastal processes analyses, and the development of the prioritization criteria for Scituate’s coastline. A copy of the presentation is provided on the left hand side of this website. Below is a link to the presentation taped by Scituate Cable TV.



For more information please email ndurfee@scituatema.gov


Elevation Grants

The Town’s elevation grant program is provided through funds Congress appropriates to FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Flood Mitigation Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs.  Federal regulations require that application must be made through the Town of Scituate.  The program is usually funded annually, but occasionally there are years when no funding is appropriated. The timing and availability of future grant rounds is determined when new funding is approved.  In past years, this has been in the summer but can also be in the fall.  The decision on the grants is made by FEMA, and is often not made until at the earliest, the following spring. If you are interested in the program, please contact Nancy Durfee, Coastal Resource Officer at ndurfee@scituatema.gov in order to be added to the notification list when funds do become available.



New Information to Coastal Mapping, Insurance, Flood Insurance Rate Maps and the Communsity Rating System


New England Coastal Mapping          



*Benefits of Flood Insurance vs Disaster Assistance



Adoption of Flood Insurance Rate Maps by Participating Communities



Community Rating System





Coastal Processes: Erosion, Storm Damage & Protection Options Presentation

If you missed the Coastal Processes: Erosion, Storm Damage & Protection Options on June 16th - Scituate Community Television filmed the presentation. A huge thanks to them for the SCT for all the work they do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LArLFO8NAQ&feature=youtu.be



Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Nancy Durfee Coastal Resource Officer 781 545 8808