Maine grants awarded for coastal projects

Posted Jan. 29, 2012, at 5:01 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Coastal Program has awarded $291,000 in grants for eight projects along the coast aimed at improving public access to the shore, enhancing water quality and reopening clam flats that have been closed.

The grants are being awarded for projects stretching from Kittery to Bar Harbor.

The projects range from a pedestrian and bike path study in Belfast and pedestrian bridge study in Wells Harbor to a project aimed at opening closed clam flats in the state’s midcoast area.

The grants are made possible through Maine’s federal coastal management award from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.