January 30, 2012 | last updated January 30, 2012 11:27 am

$300K in grants to fund coastal projects

Eight coastal projects around the state are receiving nearly $300,000 in grants to help enhance public access to the shore, keep clam flats open and improve water quality.

The Maine Coastal Program at the Maine State Planning Office announced the $291,000 in grants to the following public organizations:

  • Midcoast Council of Governments, $47,500 to study and potentially open closed clam flats;
  • City of Belfast, $40,000 for a design and engineering plan for a 2.15-mile pedestrian and bike path along the Passagassawakeag River;
  • Town of Topsham, $40,000 to design and hold public meetings on a Lower Village waterfront park;
  • City of Portland, $39,200 to develop an educational campaign on stormwater management and infrastructure;
  • Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission, $35,040 to evaluate the risks to infrastructure and the natural environment from severe coastal storms;
  • Hancock County Planning Commission, $35,000 for a Blue Hill Bay watershed needs assessment;
  • Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, $29,400 to implement water quality improvement recommendations in Kittery, York and South Berwick;
  • Town of Wells, $25,000 to undertake a feasibility study and design a pedestrian bridge to connect the eastern and western shores and beach areas.

The grants are made possible from Maine's federal coastal management awards from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and each organization must provide a minimum of 25% in matching funds or services, according to a press release.


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