Climate Change Adaptation Report: Georgetown, Maine

This report summarizes the findings of the Georgetown Conservation Commission’s assessment of climate risks for the island community of Georgetown, Maine. It aims to make meaningful climate action seem possible for residents by including some preliminary recommendations in this assessment. The report is organized around a framework that outlines common interests and climate factors that impact those interests. Each chapter focuses on one of the interest areas, frames the problem through the local context, and identifies specific vulnerabilities.

The common interest issues identified are roads and infrastructure, water supply, the fisheries economy, private property, public property, ecology, recreation, emergency preparedness, cultural and historical assets, and human health. The climate impacts that could threaten these sectors are warming water, increasing wind, rising sea-levels, coastal storm surges, extreme rainfall, extreme wind events, drought and fire, ocean acidification, and invasive species.

Adaptation strategies are recommended that address each of the common interest issues. For example, for the road and infrastructure, the report notes that the roads in Georgetown will face more intense risks due to climate change, including more frequent inundation, shortened road lifetime, and increasing car crashes. Of particular importance, Route 127 is the only land road connecting Georgetown and the outside world. If Route 127 is cut off by storms or hurricanes, Georgetown may face delayed emergency medical services and other essential services. To mitigate such impacts, the Commission recommends inventorying their road culvert system so that Georgetown can systematically replace undersized culverts, developing an evacuation plan for low-lying residents, and increasing the budget for pre-emptive road maintenance.

 

Publication Date: May 2015

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  • Georgetown, Maine Conservation Commission

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