On Sept. 6, the town of Edgartown select board approved a contract with the engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill to work on the Chappy Ferry Resilience Project.

The project, born out of the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan reported last year, aims to adapt the Chappaquiddick ferry to rising sea levels due to climate change. The project will include raising the ferry’s ramp six inches and conducting engineering assessments of the Chappy Point parking lot, the Chappy Ferry landings and the abutting portions of Dock and Daggett streets.

The town had previously appropriated $200,000 to hire an engineering firm, town administrator James Hagerty said, and the Chappy steering committee in turn had interviewed two firms, selecting Fuss & O’Neill based on their presentation and scope of work.

“The Chappy Steering Committee felt that they could most satisfy the requirements of the town and the requirements of Chappy residents,” Mr. Hagerty said.

The steering committee's next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. via Zoom.

Fuss & O’Neill is a civil and environmental engineering consulting firm based in Quincy, Massachusetts. The firm has overseen projects in every state of New England as well as California.