Of the New England states, Massachusetts ranks second only to Maine in the length of its shoreline, and third to Maine and Connecticut in total mileage of its rivers and streams.
The Massachusetts shoreline is approximately 1,200 miles long. About 935 miles is privately owned, while 175 miles are owned by the state and 90 are owned by the federal government. The state has approximately 5,612 miles of rivers and streams.
The Corps has constructed 22 shore and bank protection projects in Massachusetts to stem erosion of the shoreline and riverbanks. Half were built to protect the shoreline and half were constructed to safeguard inland streambanks. Total construction costs amount to approximately $16 million.
The following pages describe the Corps' shore and bank protection projects in Massachusetts.
Shore and Bank Protection Projects: