WALPOLE, Maine — The federal government has awarded $1.5 million to the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center to support a variety of projects.

The money from the U.S. Economic Development Administration will help to replace a pier, renovate the Flowing Seawater Laboratory, and construct three new laboratory spaces. The projects total $3 million.

Maine’s congressional delegation anticipates that 50 jobs will be created.

Founded in 1965, the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center enables scientists and students to study coastal and marine ecosystems.

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