Collins, King: $18.5M for four Maine dredging projects

Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have announced that four Maine dredging projects in Ogunquit, Scarborough, Milbridge and Bar Harbor – totaling $18.5 million – were included in the USACE’s work plan for Fiscal Year 2022.

Ellicott Dredges

This funding was secured through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act – signed into law last November. 

Senator Collins, the Ranking Member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, was part of the core group of 10 Senators who negotiated the text of the bipartisan infrastructure law. 

“These critical dredging projects for Bar Harbor as well as rivers in Ogunquit, Milbridge, and Scarborough will help address significant safety and navigational concerns for commercial fishermen as well as recreational boaters,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. 

“Maine’s waterways are the lifeblood of many coastal towns and support our state’s economy. These investments are excellent examples of how the bipartisan infrastructure package is creating jobs and providing substantial benefits to Maine’s communities and families.”

The funding will be allocated as follows:

  • Bar Harbor – $6,325,000 for breakwater repairs and surveys;
  • Josias River, Perkins Cove, Ogunquit – $3,425,000 for dredging and surveys;
  • Narraguagus River, Milbridge – $3,905,000 for dredging and surveys;
  • Scarborough River, Scarborough – $4,800,000 for dredging.