The federal government has again turned down a request for money to help pay for dredging around piers and wharves in Portland Harbor.
Local officials said they learned Friday that the latest request for funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation had been denied.
Dan Haley Jr., chair of the Board of (Portland) Harbor Commissioners, said the cost of dredging the harbor and disposing of the waste will run about $30 million. The state, cities of Portland and South Portland, and wharf owners would all contribute, but most of the money would come from the federal government.
The dredging would be performed around piers and wharves, which tend to fill with silt flowing into the harbor from the Fore River, Haley said. Channels and shipping lanes are maintained and regularly dredged by federal agencies.
Chuck Kamilewicz, Portland’s assistant harbor master, said as much as 25 percent of the space around