2018-03-22 / Front Page

Camp Ellis legislation to be filed

By Abigail Worthing Staff Writer

SACO– Two Saco legislators plan to bring forward emergency legislation for federal action in Camp Ellis.

Sen. Justin Chenette (D-Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis, Limington, and part of Buxton) and Rep. Donna Bailey (D-Saco), will request funding for the Army Corps of Engineers to begin building a 750- foot spur onto the jetty to fortify the beach against erosion that faces Camp Ellis, as well as providing beach nourishment. According to a 2012 Army Corps study on Camp Ellis, the cost to reinforce the jetty and provide beach nourishment would be $26 million. In a 2013 official report, the Army Corp formulated a solution to aid Camp Ellis, however without the funding from the federal government, Camp Ellis has been eroding away with every storm and high tide.

“Inaction is not an acceptable solution. People are losing their homes, their livelihoods and their way of life all because of a man-made, self-created issue that the Federal Government is directly responsible for,” said Chenette in a March 19 press release.

So far, beyond dredging the mouth of the Saco River, nothing has been done on the federal level to relieve issues in Camp Ellis. If approved, the resolution would allow Maine to directly request funding from the federal government. However, this must be pre-approved by the state House and Senate to hold a public hearing.

“We’ve waited long enough for a long-term solution,” Bailey said in the press release. “The resolution would be an important step in securing our waterfront for future generations.”

Contact Staff Writer Abigail Worthing at news@inthecourier.com.

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