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Maine Prepares for Climate Change: 2019 Update

January 2019

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.

Related Organizations: Maine Interagency Climate Adaptation Work Group

Author or Affiliated User: Nathan Robbins

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Patterns and Projections of High Tide Flooding Along the U.S. Coastline Using a Common Impact Threshold

February 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) analyzes "high tide flooding" (also known as "nuisance flooding") in this report, and finds that it is becoming more commonplace due to sea level rise. High tide flooding impacts roads, beaches, parks, and private property, and is generally more disruptive than damaging. However, there are places such as Norfolk, Virginia; San Diego, California; and the U. S Marshall islands where it is currently a serious problem. Even more, with continued sea level rise, flooding is likely to increase.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: William Sweet, Greg Dusek, Jayantha Obeysekera, John Marra

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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From the Ground Up: The State of the States on Climate Adaptation for Agriculture

March 2018

Recognizing the leading role that states are playing in addressing climate change, this report from the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy catalogues policies related to the need for agricultural adaptation in the 18 states states with climate adaptation plans (or specific agricultural policy papers). These states include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Related Organizations: The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Resource Category: Planning

 

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New England and Northern New York Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the New England Climate Change Response Framework Project

January 2018

Led by the U. S. Forest Service (USFS)’s Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, this assessment evaluates the climate change vulnerability of forested ecosystems in the New England region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, northern New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont). The report summarizes the current state of forests in the region including threats and management trends, describes climate impacts as they would progress under projected future climate scenarios, and relays the results of an extensive vulnerability assessment of the region’s forests.

Related Organizations: Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Changing Shorelines: Adaptation Planning for Maine’s Coastal State Parks

December 1, 2016

Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) collaborated with the Bureau of Parks and Lands, Maine Geological Survey, and Maine Natural Areas Program to conduct climate change vulnerability assessments for select coastal parks and historic sites on Maine’s shoreline.  Climate adaptation strategies and guidance were developed to help to protect these areas, and are presented in this report along with the assessment findings.  The study sites are considered to have significant natural and historical resources and to be at risk to climate impacts such as more frequent storms, storm surges, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise.

Related Organizations: Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peter Slovinsky, Kathleen Leyden, Stephen Dickson, Ryan Gordon, Don Cameron

Resource Category: Planning

 

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U.S. DHS Casco Bay Region Climate Change Resiliency Assessment

March 2016

As a part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP) - this research focuses on the local and regional impacts of climate change in the Casco Bay area, the most developed and populous region in Maine. The report focuses primarily on vulnerabilities that may affect the region’s ability to maintain its critical infrastructure systems, and provides corresponding Resilience Enhancement Options that DHS and other partners may utilize in climate adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Maine Won’t Wait

December 1, 2020

In December 2020, the Maine Climate Council under Governor Janet Mill released Maine Won’t Wait, the four-year climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to build community and environmental resilience, and to spur transformational economic growth and opportunity. The Council agreed upon four climate action plan goals to reflect the diverse challenges posed by climate change: reduce Maine’s greenhouse gas emissions; avoid the impacts and costs of inaction; foster economic opportunity and prosperity; and advance equity through Maine’s Climate Response.

Related Organizations: State of Maine

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Maine H.P. 1169–L.D. 1572: Resolve, To Analyze the Impact of Sea-Level Rise

June 16, 2021

On June 16, 2021, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law H. P. 1169–L. D. 1572 directing state-level departments and agencies to conduct a review of their laws and regulations to incorporate considerations of a relative sea-level rise of 1. 5 feet by 2050 and 4 feet by 2100. Additionally, this law directs state-level departments and agencies to identify ways to implement strategy F3 of the Maine Climate Action Plan, Maine Won’t Wait, “to enhance community resilience to flooding and other climate impacts.

Related Organizations: State of Maine

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Maine Act to Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise (LD 563)

May 29, 2019

Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law LD 563, “An Act to Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise” in May 2019. The law amends the State’s growth management and local land-use planning requirements (at Title 30-A, Chapter 187 of the Maine Code) to address the effects of sea-level rise. It allows coastal municipalities and “multimunicipal” regions including coastal municipalities to consider sea level rise projections and potential effects on buildings, transportation infrastructure, sewage treatment facilities, and other municipal or private facilities.

Related Organizations: State of Maine

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An Act to Promote Clean Energy Jobs and to Establish the Maine Climate Council

June 26, 2019

In June 2019, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law "An Act to Promote Clean Energy Jobs and to Establish the Maine Climate Council. " The act states that the impacts of climate change have created an "emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine" and find that the law is "immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety. " To address the state's climate emergency, the act includes multiple provisions related to climate adaptation and resilience.

Related Organizations: State of Maine

Author or Affiliated User: Nathan Robbins

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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