A wetland restoration project on Maquoit Stream in Brunswick was awarded a portion of $ 2.4 million in funds from a state conservation program.

According to an announcement released Monday by the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program, the project will restore a wetland that will serve as a habitat for migratory fish and birds, including the saltmarsh sparrow, which is a Maine “species of special concern.”

The project includes plans to remove a small earthen dam and re-establish a natural stream channel and more than 10 acres of wetlands.

Statewide, funding was awarded to 17 projects comprising 2,300 acres, including the Brunswick grant, in the third round of grants from the fund generated by fees imposed by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The project will be administered by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and funding for the project is provided through The Nature Conservancy, the Maine DEP, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Other award recipients include: the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust; Atlantic Salmon Federation, Maine Council; Blue Hill Heritage Trust; Georges River Land Trust; Greater Lovell Land Trust; Kennebec Land Trust; Sebasticook Regional Land Trust; Trout Unlimited; Western Foothills Land Trust; and the towns of Wells and Falmouth.

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