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.

Round 1 Stream Crossing Grant Applications are now available!

Application period: April 9 - June 3, 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.

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

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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