The Maine Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (CWRP) is an innovative program bringing together businesses, environmental organizations, government agencies and academia to restore the state’s critically important wetlands, river systems and other aquatic habitats.
Wetlands are a vital component of our ecosystem — purifying our drinking water supplies, helping to control floods, and preserving ecological diversity in our plant and animal communities. Yet wetlands are fast disappearing. Over fifty percent of the wetlands in the contiguous United States have been lost since 1780 and each year more wetland acres continue to vanish due to development and degradation. While we cannot turn back the clock, many lost or impaired wetlands and habitats can successfully be restored.
Recognizing the serious need for funds to help restore wetlands, the Gillette Company began working with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program so businesses could participate in this important effort. In 1999, this group created the CWRP, a private-public partnership that provides businesses with the opportunity to contribute the local funds necessary to leverage federal and state monies.
Since Governor Angus S. King, Jr. kicked off the Maine CWRP in July of 2000, Maine businesses have responded to this important effort. In just three years, the Maine CWRP has contributed $350,000 to wetlands restoration projects across the state, leveraging more than $2 million in federal funds — a greater than 5:1 ratio of federal monies to private contributions.
The Benefits of Maine CWRP
Maine CWRP is an opportunity for businesses and government to work together to help preserve our natural resources.
The voluntary public-private partnership allows businesses to provide the local matching funds necessary to leverage federal and state grants to undertake restoration of degraded coastal and freshwater wetlands. Companies may contribute funds or in-kind services such as engineering, legal or environmental. On average, every $1 of corporate contribution will bring up to $3 in matching federal monies.
Businesses throughout Maine have been responding enthusiastically to the call for environmental stewardship by becoming members of the Maine CWRP. In addition to being identified with highly visible projects that offer significant environmental returns, CWRP members are provided with opportunities to interact with federal and state officials as well as members of environmental organizations. CWRP members receive recognition at all events including groundbreakings and news conferences.
“We are very pleased that so many companies are signing up to work with the federal and state agencies on these key projects. The projects funded by CWRP enhance the quality of life for all of us,” said Bill Hubbard, chief of the Environmental Resources Section, New England District – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Members of Maine CWRP
Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C., lead corporate partner
Casco Bay Energy Company, L.L.C.
Curtis Thaxter Stevens Broder & Micoleau, LLC
Devine Tarbell & Associates, Inc.
Jacques Whitford Company
Mitchell & Sudbay
Natural Resources Council of Maine
PNGTS Operating Co., LLC
S.W. Cole Engineering, Inc.
TRC Environmental Corporation
Verrill & Dana
Maine CWRP Projects
Projects that have received funds and services from the Maine CWRP include:
- Dingley Island Causeway, Harpswell
- Guilford Dam Removal, Newport
- Sebasticook Lake Fishway, Newport
- Sebasticook River Restoration, Newport
- Cascade Brook, Scarborough Marsh
- Invasive Species Plan, Scarborough Marsh
- Maine State Planning Office Habitat Restoration Workshop
- Day on the OSV Anderson Day
- Smelt Hill Dam Removal, Falmouth
- Sennebec Pond Dam Removal, Union
- Seavey Landing, Scarborough Marsh
- East Machias River Riparian Plantings
- Wheeler Marsh Restoration, York
- Drakes Island Marsh, Wells
- Weskeag Salt Marsh, South Thomaston
- Maine Seabird Nesting Island Restoration, multiple locations
- Gardiner Paperboard Dam Removal, Gardiner
- Coopers Mills Dam Fish Passage Design, Whitefield
- Sunday River Watershed Assessment, Newry, Bethel, and Riley
- Mill Brook Salt Marsh Restoration, Scarborough
How your company can get involved
If your company is interested in participating in the Maine CWRP or would like more information on the program, please contact:
Marylee Hanley, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, telephone: 617-560-1573, e-mail: Marylee.Hanley@enbridge.com
Bill Hubbard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, telephone: 978-318-8552, e-mail: William.A.Hubbard@usace.army.mil
What is Coastal America?
Coastal America was formed to join the efforts of federal agencies with those of state, local, tribal, and private alliances to collaboratively and more effectively address environmental problems along our nation’s coasts, waterways and wetlands. Federal agencies involved in Coastal America include the Departments of Agriculture, Air Force, Army, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Navy, and Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the Executive Office of the President.
Coastal America’s Northeast Regional Implementation Team facilitates and advises the Maine CWRP. For more information, contact Coastal America on the web at www.coastalamerica.gov.