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New round of stream crossing grants to benefit area towns

Brooks, Prospect and Bucksport among awardees
Feb 09, 2020

Augusta — Maine Department of Environmental Protection has announced a new round of grants that provide for stream crossing and culvert upgrades.

Among the 27 grants announced Feb. 3 are four projects funded at $95,000 each in the Waldo County area: Knowlton Road in Brooks, Clark Road in Prospect, and Jacob Buck Pond Road and Bucks Mills Road, both in Bucksport.

Maine voters approved a bond package in November 2017 that included $5 million dollars for vital improvement projects, including stream crossing and culvert upgrades. These monies fund competitive grants that match local funding for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings on municipal roads.

The projects awarded will benefit public infrastructure by replacing several culverts that are currently failing and at risk of complete washouts, open or improve fish spawning habitat, eliminate undersized and other impassable culverts and reduce some of the worst ongoing erosion impacts to streams, brooks and lakes.

Maine DEP received 49 applications to review, which totaled over $4.2 million dollars in fund requests. The department has issued a total of $2.5 million in grant money for this round of applications.

Four previous rounds of culvert grants have funded a total of 101 culvert upgrade projects in Maine communities statewide and have expended $7.9 million in bond funds earmarked for those infrastructure improvements.

For more information, including examples of successful applications and the master score sheet for this round, visit maine.gov/dep/land/grants/stream-crossing-upgrade.html.

 

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