- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine officials are giving out close to $250,000 for projects on the state’s coast that will support shellfish harvesting, increased public access and revitalizing downtowns.

The state is awarding grants to 11 projects. The largest grant is going to the town of Brunswick, which is receiving $47,925 for an assessment of the Mare Brook watershed. Islesboro is getting $40,000 for determining vulnerability to sea level rise and storm surge in two locations. Oqunquit will get about $28,600 to address bacteria contamination in the Oqunquit River watershed.

The grant money comes from an award by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Each grant recipient is providing at least 25 percent in matching funds or services.

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