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Mills administration distributes nearly $20 million for climate change infrastructure projects

Bill Trotter
Large sections of culvert that washed out from under Route 186 in Gouldsboro when torrential rains caused part of the road to collapse rest along a downstream creek bed in this June 2021 file photo.

The Mills administration is distributing nearly $20 million to 13 communities for infrastructure improvements related to climate change.

The grants range in size from roughly $58,000 to the town of Frenchville in Aroostook County's St. John Valley to more than $4 million to better protect Boothbay Harbor's wastewater treatment plant from sea level rise and storm surges. Bath will also receive $4 million to upgrade the city's water pollution control system while Winslow will receive nearly $3 million to increase the capacity of the town's stormwater system.

The other towns that received grants are Anson-Madison, Berwick, Blue Hill, Eastport, Kennebunkport, Norway, Ogunquit, Rockland and Scarborough. The $20 million came from Maine's share of money allocated to states by Congress under the American Rescue Plan.