Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today welcomed news that marinas in Rockland and South Portland will receive over $1.8 million in federal Boating Infrastructure Grants to expand docking space and serve more vessels traveling along the Maine coast. Maine will also receive over $400,000 in Clean Vessel Act funds to improve its system of boat wastewater pumpout stations.
“Maine marinas are a critical part of our state’s working waterfront. In serving vessels that are traveling along the coast, they directly support hundreds of jobs and help connect thousands of customers to local economies,” said Pingree. “I’m glad marinas in Rockland and South Portland will be able to use these federal investments to grow the number of vessels they can serve. Clean Vessel Act funds will also enable the State to grow and maintain vital pumpout stations that keep waste out of Maine waters.”
Funded through taxes and fees on motorboat fuel and related equipment, the grants are administered by the National Park Service (NPS).
Boating Infrastructure Grants
Spring Point Marina, South Portland, Maine
The Maine Department of Transportation proposes to work with Port Harbor Marine to construct 916 linear feet of berthing space dedicated specifically to eligible transient boaters and provide 15 new power pedestals providing shore power and potable water for up to thirty transient vessels.
Federal Funds Requested: $843,405; Non-Fed Match: $877,830; Total: $1,721,235
Yachting Solutions, Rockland, Maine
The Maine Department of Transportation proposes to work with Yachting Solutions, LLC on expansions to the Yachting Solutions Boat Basin. This will provide 2,200 linear feet of new dockage at the facility, which will be dedicated solely to eligible transient vessels. Also included are the installation of 100 amp and 480V 3-phase power, in-slip fueling, and the conversion of an existing upland gazebo structure into a well-appointed transient boater's lounge.
Federal Funds Requested: $1,046,760; Non-Fed Match: $737,941; Total: $1,784,701
Clean Vessel Act Grant
Maine – Coastal $405,280 - The Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Resource Regulation, plans to use grant funds to install or upgrade 10 pumpout stations and provide operation and maintenance stipends to pumpout boats and stationary facilities. They also propose to review and update their Education and Outreach Plan as well as develop/distribute educational materials to boaters and boating facilities.