Stream Crossing Upgrade Grant Program

In the fall of 2017, Maine voters approved a bond package that included $5 million dollars for stream crossing upgrades. These monies will fund a competitive grant program that matches local funding for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings to improve fish and wildlife habitats and increase community safety. Two rounds of competitive grants ($2.5 million dollars for each round) are planned for 2019.

Contact John Maclaine, 207-615-3279 for more information.

DEP Workshops for Municipal Stream Crossing Grants

No Workshops are available at this time. Additional workshop dates will be added for the spring of 2020.

2019 Stream Crossing Grant Applications - Round 2

Application period: September 9 - November 12, 2019

The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting proposals for public infrastructure improvement projects on municipal roads involving culvert upgrades of stream crossings to improve public safety, minimize impacts to water quality and improve habitat for fish and wildlife.

Beginning September 9, 2019, eligible recipients may apply for grant monies for improvements to public infrastructure. The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Culverts to be upgraded under this program must be located on a municipal road. Detailed project proposals must address improvements, modifications, repairs or upgrades to existing stream crossing culverts. Eligible project applicants include local governments, municipal conservation commissions, soil and water conservation districts, and private nonprofit organizations.

The RFP, Application, Question & Answer Summary, and other information related to this RFP can be obtained at the following website:

2019 Stream Crossing Grant Round 1 Awards

Maine DEP is excited to announce the preliminary grant awards for 2019 Round 1 Stream Crossing Grants. The Department received 40 applications resulting in the funding of 29 stream crossing improvement projects. The maximum award for these projects is $95,000

Awards were based on consensus scoring of the RFP Criteria, including Public Infrastructure, Flooding and Public Safety, Environmental Benefits, Cost effectiveness. Preliminary grant awards are subject to the successful execution of a contract with the Department. For examples of successful applications and the master score sheet for this round, please contact John Maclaine. Applicants not awarded this round are encouraged to re-apply for future funding rounds (see Round 2 information below).

Municipality Road
Town of Charleston Bacon Road
Town of Farmington Clover Mill Road
Town of Farmington Cummings Hill Road
Town of Starks River Road
Town of Charleston Garland Road
Town of Washington Fitch Road
Town of West Paris Ellingwood Road # 1
Town of Marshfield Church Lane
Town of West Paris Ellingwood Road # 2
Town of Thomaston West Meadow Road
Town of Whitefield Sennott Road
Town of Cambridge Bridge Road
Lucerne in Maine Village Corporation (Dedham) Lake View Avenue
Town of Houlton Morningstar Road
Town of Palmyra Libby Hill Road
Town of Turner Tidswell Road
Town of Cambridge Bailey Road
Town of Phillips Reeds Mills Road
Town of Fryeburg Farnsworth Road
Town of Rangeley Bald Mountain Road #2
Town of Rangeley Bald Mountain Road #1
Town of Cherryfield Willey District Road
Town of Fayette Richmond Mills Road
Town of Dexter Mill Street
Town of Freeport West Street
Town of Wilton Pond Road
Town of York Mill Lane # 2
City of Auburn Sopers Mill Road
Town of Bristol Old County Road

Program Details

Eligible project sponsors include local governments, municipal conservation commissions, soil and water conservation districts and private nonprofit organizations. A proposal for funding from an eligible project sponsor must include a map and summary of the proposed project, describing how it meets the following criteria:

  1. Contribution to competitive grant program goals. The extent to which the proposed project allows communities to more effectively prepare for storm and flood events and advances the goals of restoring habitat for fish, including sea-run fish and native brook trout, and wildlife, including:

    1. The priority status of the culvert to be upgraded or replaced for native brook trout and sea-run fish restoration, based on available stream survey data, statewide prioritization for aquatic connectivity and presence in priority watersheds of salmon, alewives and other diadromous fishes;

    2. Confirmation that the culvert proposed for upgrade or replacement is on a municipal road, not a state road or private road;

    3. The extent to which the proposed project meets the Department of Environmental Protection's design standard of at least 1.2 times the stream's bankfull width, with a natural stream bottom or embedded structure, and meets or exceeds the Department of Transportation's 100-year flood standard;

    4. The degree of urgency of the proposed project, including whether a culvert is at high risk of failure due to age, location within a watershed or reach with high flood risk or severe flood history; and

    5. The expected contribution to reducing the frequency or severity of flooding to upstream and downstream communities and improving storm water management within the proposed project area; and

  2. Cost-effectiveness. The extent to which the proposed project represents an efficient and cost-effective investment, including the proportion of total project funding that will be provided from other sources and the potential avoided costs associated with the proposed project. Funds may not be used to cover all of the costs associated with a proposed project.

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