A $40,000 state grant for engineering and design plans for the partial or full removal of the Montgomery Dam and reconfiguration of the seawall at Camden Harbor was announced Sept. 25.

The Select Board held a workshop on these projects July 30, which was attended by nearly 90 people.

A study of options for the Montgomery Dam, including repair of the existing dam, lowering the dam and demolishing the dam, was published in May. The study was conducted by Inter-Fluve, a national company with a local office in Damariscotta. Work on the study began in April 2018.

The Inter-Fluve "Feasibility/Analysis Report, Megunticook Dam" is available on the town of Camden's website, camdenmaine.gov.

The grant to Camden was announced by the Municipal Planning Assistance Program, a division of the State Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. It is a Coastal Community Grant, managed by the Department of Marine Resources, which receives funding for Maine’s federal coastal zone management from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

"The project will result in a final design for modifications to the Montgomery Dam and reconfiguration of the adjacent seawall and adjacent area in Harbor Park to improve coastal and inland flood resilience and the passage of fish and other species from Camden Harbor up the Megunticook," according to the DAFC press release. "Overall this project is an essential step in addressing more frequent storm surge events and improving the health of the entire watershed," the press release states.

The announcement lists partners in this project, which include: Island Institute, Megunticook Watershed Association, Coastal Mountains Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy and George’s River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Four grants were announced Sept. 25, including Camden's and a project on Monhegan. The stated purpose of the grants is to "help coastal communities by supporting: green infrastructure design; dam redesign to provide for fish passage and improve inland and coastal resilience; studying saltwater intrusion on island water supply; conducting economic vulnerability assessments of flood hazard impacts to coastal property; and developing local strategies to help towns prepare for sea level rise."