AUGUSTA — The Town of Thomaston has been awarded a portion of $202,500 in Shore and Harbor Planning grants from the Department of Marine Resources, according to a news release.

These awards, funded by DMR’s Maine Coastal Program and NOAA, will be used for harbor management plans, documenting and increasing public access to the shore, designing and updating water access facilities, and waterfront resiliency planning.

The Town of Thomaston owns a parcel of land on the upper St. George, which was purchased with assistance from the Land for Maine’s Future Program. The Shore and Harbor Planning Grant will fund the design of a hand-carry boat launch for kayaks and other paddle craft.

“Maintaining public and working waterfront infrastructure, increasing access, and addressing the impacts of flooding and sea-level rise on the waterfront are common challenges for Maine’s coastal communities,” Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher said. “These projects show the creative ways towns and their collaborators are addressing these issues and finding solutions that will work for the future.”

“This round of grants was very competitive,” Melissa Britsch, senior coastal planner at DMR said. “For the first time, we asked applicants to document how their proposals would increase coastal waterfront climate resilience and address the recommendations described in Maine’s Climate Plan”

For additional information about the Shore and Harbor Planning Grant, visit the Maine Coastal Program website: https://www.maine.gov/dmr/mcp/grants/shore-and-harbor-planning-grants.html.