Brunswick seeks funding to remove dam

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BRUNSWICK — The town is hoping to receive state funds to remove a dam on a large preserve conveyed from the U.S. Navy earlier this year.

The Town Council Monday authorized an application for a $145,000 grant from the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program to do the work.

According to a memo from Marine Resources Officer Dan Devereaux, the open space management plan for the newly named Kate Furbish Reserve recommended the town apply for the grant.

The reserve is in west Brunswick, between the former naval air station and Harpswell Cove.

Devereaux said removing the dam will help restore natural stream conditions. The grant will also help battle growth of the common reed, an invasive grass species.

He said the work will help improve the “ecological functions of the property and benefit local marine resources.” The work will also help facilitate the town’s development of future trails in the area.

The town is applying for the grant in partnership with the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Casco Bay Estuary Partnership. There is no required local match.

Devereaux said the town is expected to know if it will receive funding for the work by January 2014.

Dylan Martin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow him on Twitter: @DylanLJMartin.