Signing a new sewer pipe, left to right, Thomaston Wastewater Pollution Control Facility Superintendent John Fancy; Congresswoman Chellie Pingree; USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel; and Thomaston Town Manager Val Blastow
Signing a new sewer pipe, left to right, Thomaston Wastewater Pollution Control Facility Superintendent John Fancy; Congresswoman Chellie Pingree; USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel; and Thomaston Town Manager Val Blastow
As promised, USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel was in Thomaston on Saturday, April 23, to announce that the Town of Thomaston will receive a total of $1,887,000 to make numerous improvements to its wastewater infrastructure. The Town will contribute $113,000 to make the $2 million project possible. With Saturday's announcement, Rural Development will have provided a total of $9,287,000 to Thomaston through the Community Programs.

The funds will result in upgrades to the town's primary sewer lines, which were constructed between 1891 and 1925. The aging lines serve several streets in Thomaston and discharge directly into the St. George and Mill rivers. Replacement of the century-old lines is crucial and will preserve the area's clamming flats by protecting them from runoff from sewer overflows. In addition, the upgrades will improve the water quality of the St. George and Mill Rivers and protect the viability of one of the top shellfish-producing areas in Maine.

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree was on hand for the Saturday morning announcement. "The Maine economy depends on a clean environment. Two of our most important industries are fishing and tourism and without clean air and clean water those industries would disappear," she said.