Maine Prepares for Climate Change: 2019 Update

The 2019 update report from the Maine Interagency Climate Adaptation Work Group (MICA), a collaboration of eight state agencies, provides an inventory and status update of climate adaptation and mitigation activities by the state and is the second update to the original 2014 Maine Prepares for Climate Change report. This report was developed for the leadership of the departments, agencies, and offices participating in MICA, aiming to increase awareness of adaptation actions taken by the state, improve communication between agencies, and provide recommendations on future work.

Chapter III of the report provides inventories of completed and planned state climate activities in the following areas: Mitigation, Research and Analysis, Adaptation, Preparedness, Raising Awareness, and Grants and Loans. Each activity includes the responsible lead state agency, partner agencies, timeline for implementation, and links to related websites and supporting documents.

As ongoing implementation of the 2010 state climate adaptation plan, People and Nature Adapting to a Changing Climate: Charting Maine’s Coursethe Adaptation section includes activities associated with:

  • Natural Environment (related to species, habitat, water resources, forests, working landscapes, and waterfronts), such as:
    • 2018 initiation of the Maine Mollusk Shell Recycling Program for Coastal Acidification Remediation in response to one of the recommendations in the 2015 report that followed Maine LD 1602, establishing the Commission to Study the Effects of Coastal and Ocean Acidification
  • Built Environment (transportation, stormwater management, development, fuel storage), such as:
    • Green infrastructure for coastal highway resiliency
    • vulnerability assessment of working waterfront infrastructure to sea level rise
    • stormwater management and transportation infrastructure
  • People and Communities (coastal resilience, public health), such as:
    • ongoing development, promotion, and implementation of strategies to reduce incidences of vector-borne diseases, especially Lyme disease
    • heat response planning
    • building coastal resilience including shoreline management assessments

The Preparedness section identifies ongoing activities related to:

  • Emergency Management plans
  • Hazard Mitigation plans
  • River flow and drought monitoring programs
  • Critical infrastructure mapping
  • Spill response (hazardous material and water supply contamination)
  • Debris management
  • Animal health (agriculture)

The Raising Awareness section highlights the Maine Climate Clearinghouse and the Maine Adaptation Toolkit as resources for the public to aid in finding and developing solutions to problems associated with climate change.

The Grants and Loan section identifies various ongoing funding opportunities for climate planning and adaptation, such as:

  • Coastal Community Grants for municipalities and regional planning commissions to conduct vulnerability assessments, adaptation planning, community education, and strategy development
  • the Clean Water State Revolving Fund which provides loans for wastewater infrastructure and some non-point source abatement activities
  • the Drinking Water Program which provides loans and capacity development grants for public water system infrastructure upgrades that bolster resilience to drought and flooding
  • Water, Transportation, and Wastewater Bonds which provide funding to ensure clean water, upgrade culverts to improve fish and wildlife habitat and safety, and update wastewater infrastructure, respectively

The report concludes with recommendations for the various state agency partners within MICA for further climate planning and adaptation work, obtaining and allocating funding for resiliency projects, and updating standards and regulations to be responsive to climate-related impacts.


Publication Date: January 2019

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Related Organizations:

  • Maine Interagency Climate Adaptation Work Group


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  • Progress report

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