DEP to hold workshops for Municipal Stream Crossing Grants

July 25, 2019

CONTACT: David Madore, Communications Director (207) 287-5842 david.madore@maine.gov

AUGUSTA, July 24, 2019 - 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.

Maine voters approved a bond package that included $5 million dollars for stream crossing upgrades in 2017. The resulting competitive grant program matches local funding for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings, to be awarded in two rounds of $2.5 million. The next round of Stream Crossing Upgrade Grants will open September 9, 2019, with a deadline for submitting applications by Tuesday, November 11, 2019. In addition, DEP anticipates additional rounds of stream crossing grant opportunities in 2020.

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. This workshop is an opportunity to discuss how DEP's Municipal Stream Crossing Upgrade Grants can help communities make progress in improving transportation resiliency and public safety while benefiting fish and wildlife habitat.

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 john.maclaine@maine.gov or (207) 6153279. Attendees should provide contact information and which workshop location they plan to attend when registering.