Congresswoman Pingree Secures Millions for Camp Ellis Erosion Project

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The Decorated Christmas Tree in Monument Square in Downtown Portland on a Rainy and Unseasonably Warm December 7th Day 2022,

After long-championing additional funds for the Camp Ellis erosion project in Saco, today Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) celebrated a provision in the Fiscal Year 2023 annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which will authorize $45 million in federal funding to address the severe erosion at Camp Ellis.  Pingree and the House are expected to vote on the annual defense bill this week.

Funding to address the severe, ongoing erosion at Camp Ellis was previously only authorized at $26 million despite the fact that most recent cost estimates to remediate erosion are nearly $42 million.

“Camp Ellis and the surrounding Saco community have endured an extremely long wait for this funding.  For 14 years, my staff and I have worked with the City of Saco and the residents of Camp Ellis to shore up this beloved area.  That’s why I am extremely pround to see this authorization finally headed to the House and Senate for passage,” said Congresswoman Pingree.

“On behalf of the City of Saco, we are extremely elated with the language included in the NDAA regarding Camp Ellis,” said Saco Mayor Bill Doyle.  “Our community continues to be challenged with ongoing costs associated with storms affecting Camp Ellis.  We are thankful for the efforts of Representative Pingree and her staffers, for the advocacy and outreach on behalf of the City of Saco.”