Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that she secured $1.5 million for the Rockland commercial fish pier redevelopment project in the draft Fiscal Year 2022 Transportation and Housing Appropriations bill.

The bill, which was officially released by the full Appropriations Committee this afternoon, must still be voted upon by the full Senate and House.

“Rockland’s fishing industry is an important part of the city’s heritage, and it continues to be an integral part of the local economy,” Sen. Collins said in a news release. “The funding for this project will provide significant benefits to the community, from improving safety to maintaining fishermen’s access to the working waterfront. This support comes at a critical time for the industry, which is facing numerous headwinds from unfair regulations and retaliatory tariffs to changing ocean conditions. I will continue to stand with hardworking Maine fishermen and their families, and I will champion this funding as the appropriations process moves forward.”

The Rockland pier needs major deck, structural, and electrical work typical of similar facilities at this stage of life, as well as site stabilization. If enacted into law, the City of Rockland will use this funding to make repairs and resiliency improvements necessary to continue to provide safe and affordable working waterfront access for the region at this municipally-owned facility.

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