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Pingree Announces $8.2 Million to Support 2 Dredging Projects in ME-01

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding will help U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge and survey the Josias and Scarborough Rivers

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced $8,225,000 in new funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge and survey the Scarborough River and the Josias River at Perkins Cove. This new federal investment comes as the Biden Administration continues its nationwide focus on maintaining and improving infrastructure resilience.

“Maine waterways like the Scarborough and Josias Rivers are crucial economic drivers for our communities,” said Congresswoman Pingree. “Thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, more than $8 million is soon headed to Maine’s First Congressional District to maintain these rivers—ensuring that our essential water infrastructure can continue to serve Maine and Mainers for decades to come.”

In FY2022, $3,425,000 will be allocated to dredge and survey the Josias River at Perkins Cove, and $4,800,000 will be used to dredge and survey the Scarborough River. This new funding comes primarily from the IIJA, with additional funds coming from the Disaster Relief law enacted in the September government funding bill.

The Biden Administration announced today that the Army Corps of Engineers will invest $14 billion in 500 projects across the nation that focus on strengthening critical supply chains. Due to decades of underinvestment, and accelerating climate threats, supply chains have struggled to keep pace with the strong economic recovery – burdening families and businesses with added costs and delay. These new investments will create jobs and economic opportunity, while strengthening key water infrastructure projects, improving resiliency to the climate crisis, and restoring the environment.

On November 5, 2021, Pingree voted with the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the IIJA, which was signed into law by President Biden on November 15. 

On January 14, 2022, Pingree announced $225 million in funding for bridge repairs in Maine, also made possible through the IIJA.


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