SACO – Two members of Saco’s legislative delegation are introducing an emergency measure to demand the Federal Government take action on the erosion issues in Camp Ellis.
Sen. Justin Chenette and Rep. Donna Bailey, who both represent Camp Ellis in the legislature, are requesting funding from Congress so the Army Corps of Engineers can immediately begin their work.
“Inaction is not an acceptable solution,” says Sen. Chenette. “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.”
The resolution, if passed, would have the state officially request Congress take immediate action on the proposed additional 750-foot spur jetty with ongoing beach nourishment that the Army Corps proposed as a solution in their official report back in 2013.
“We must keep the pressure on our Congressional delegation to get this done,” says Rep. Bailey. “We’ve waited long enough for a long-term solution. This resolution would be an important step in securing our waterfront for future generations.”
The City of Saco has been trying to communicate with representatives of the Congressional delegation and the Army Corps directly, but so far no progress has been made in finalizing an agreement with the federal government to the start work beyond the dredging of the Saco River.
The resolution must be pre-approved by leadership in the House and Senate in order to hold a public hearing on the subject.