MADAWASKA, Maine — Community officials are sketching out plans to use $2 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to make critical improvements to its wastewater treatment system.
The grant funding will help repair the damage done to the system when the St. John River flooded two years ago.
Christina Therrien, Madawaska’s town manager, said the town will build a new pump station to replace the Fraser Mill Pump Station.
“We are going to put it on a different lot and upgrade its capacity,” she said. “It is great news, because this is a very old station and it needs the upgrades.”
She said she does not yet know where the new station will be located, but she anticipated that it would be in the vicinity of the current station.
According to the EDA, the $2 million investment will repair damage caused by the May 2008 flooding of the St. John River. The construction will protect the wastewater system from future flooding, retain local jobs and prevent costly shutdowns of the paper mill and other businesses.
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud praised the announcement in a written statement.
“This project will provide important environmental and public health benefits to Madawaska while at the same time creating jobs in the community,” he said. “This investment will also help take the burden off the residents and businesses of Madawaska to pay for the full costs of these much-needed water infrastructure improvements.”
Therrien said Tuesday that she is not sure when work on the project will begin.