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.
2019 DEP Workshops for Municipal Stream Crossing Grants
Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host four workshops for prospective applicants in preparation for upcoming “requests for proposals” (RFP) of 2019 Municipal Infrastructure Stream Crossing Upgrade Grants. This is an opportunity for funding to help communities with the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings to improve community safety, minimize impacts to water quality, and improve habitat for fish and wildlife.
Municipal leaders who are thinking about applying for a grant, are encouraged to attend for information about stream crossing design, prioritization resources for municipalities, permitting requirements, the RFP process, and preparing proposals for the program.
Workshop Dates / Times:
- Wednesday, August 14, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM - Presque Isle, Northern Maine Regional Office,1235 Central Drive, Presque Isle, ME 04769
- Tuesday, August 27, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM - Portland, DEP Southern Maine Regional Office, Room 4, 312 Canco Road, Portland, ME 04103
- Thursday, August 29, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM - Augusta, AMHI Campus, Deering Building, Room 101, Blossom Lane, Augusta, Maine 04333
- Wednesday, September 4, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM - Bangor, DEP Eastern Maine Regional Office, Room 4B, 106 Hogan Road, Bangor, Maine 04401
Please register at least 5 days prior to the event by contacting John Maclaine, Maine DEP at email@example.com or (207) 615‐3279. Attendees should provide contact information and which workshop location they plan to attend when registering.
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 11, 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: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/bbm/procurementservices/vendors/grants
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).
|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|
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:
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:
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;
Confirmation that the culvert proposed for upgrade or replacement is on a municipal road, not a state road or private road;
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;
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
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
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.