AUGUSTA, April 9, 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 April 9, 2019, eligible recipients may apply for grant monies for improvements to public infrastructure. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, June 3, 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.
Eligible recipients must describe how the proposed project meets the following criteria:
- Improves habitat for wildlife and fish (including sea-run fish and native brook trout), such as through the replacement of a blocked or poorly-sized culvert with appropriately-sized and installed crossings;
- Improves public safety by reducing the risk of flooding, and/or infrastructure failure (such as washouts);
- The degree 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.
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
For more information, please visit DEP’s website at: https://www.maine.gov/dep/land/grants/stream-crossing-upgrade.html.