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Maine Sea Grant

Maine Sea Grant is based at the University of Maine and sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the State of Maine.   In partnership with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, members of the Marine Extension Team work on issues of concern to Maine's coastal communities. The Maine Sea Grant's areas of focus are healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable coastal development, safe and sustainable seafood supply, and hazard resiliency in coastal communities.

 

 

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Maine LD 1602 – Establishes a Commission to study the impacts of ocean acidification in Maine

April 30, 2014

On April 30, 2014 Maine addressed the threat of ocean acidification with a new law: 'Resolve, Establishing the Commission to Study the Effects of Coastal and Ocean Acidification and Its Existing and Potential Effects on Species That Are Commercially Harvested and Grown along the Maine Coast. ’ The first of its kind on the East Coast, the law considers the impacts of rising carbon dioxide levels in the ocean on the ecosystem and on commercial shellfish grown and harvested along the Maine coast.

Related Organizations: State of Maine

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Monitoring, Mapping, Modeling, Mitigation, and Messaging: Maine Prepares for Climate Change

September 2014

The Environmental and Energy Resources Working Group was established by Governor LePage to identify ways that Maine can better respond to climate change. Lead by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), this Working Group’s report summarizes ongoing adaptation projects and identifies ways that the work could be streamlined. It also includes input from stakeholders at public meetings which helped inform its recommendations. The report’s recommendations are divided into five broad approaches: monitoring, mapping, modeling, mitigation, and messaging.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Waterfronts of Portland and South Portland, Maine: Regional Strategies for Creating Resilient Waterfronts

May 2014

This report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) presents strategies to address climate change risks, primarily sea-level rise and storm surge, to the coastal cities of Portland and South Portland, Maine. The recommendations focus on supporting a climate resilient economy, planning and development (land use and coastal infrastructure), and leadership and governance. The report offers guidance to the cities’ decision makers and planners in building resilience to climate impacts through policy and planning.

Related Organizations: Urban Land Institute

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Vulnerability Assessment for the Saco Bay, Maine Communities of Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, and Scarborough – Vulnerable Transportation Infrastructure

April 13, 2011

This vulnerability assessment was conducted by the Saco Bay Sea Level Adaptation Working Group (SLAWG), and assessed the vulnerability of Saco Bay communities to sea-level rise (SLR), flooding and erosion. The assessment looked at vulnerabilities for the towns of Saco, Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, and Biddeford. This Saco Bay region contains the largest contiguous stretch of beaches and coastal wetlands in the state and has experienced some of the state’s most severe erosion problems. Although the focus on the study was on the vulnerability of the communities as a whole, part of the assessment identified roads in the region that will be vulnerable to inundation under different SLR scenarios.

Related Organizations: Saco Bay Sea Level Adaptation Working Group (SLAWG), Maine State Planning Office, Maine Department of Conservation

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Sea Level Rise and Potential Impacts by the Year 2100: A Vulnerability Assessment for Saco Bay Communities of Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach and Scarborough - Maine

December 31, 2010

Saco Bay is home to Maine’s longest stretch of contiguous sandy beaches, its largest expanse of coastal wetlands, and includes the coastal communities of Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and Biddeford. From the Saco Bay Sea Level Adaptation Working Group (SLAWG), this report provides the results and analysis of projected sea level rise inundation scenarios and land and real estate economic impacts for the Bay. This project was developed with the assistance of the Maine Department of Conservation, Maine Geological Survey (MGS) and the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission.

Related Organizations: Saco Bay Sea Level Adaptation Working Group (SLAWG), Maine State Planning Office

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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"Resolve, To Continue Evaluating Climate Change Adaptation Options for the State" - Maine SP0733, LD 1818

April 1, 2010

This 2010 resolution extended authorization for the climate-change planning activities of Maine's Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) stakeholder group (previously granted authority under "Resolve, To Evaluate Climate Change Adaptation Options for the State": Maine SPO 163). DEP was directed to continue to evaluate adaptation measures available to the people and businesses of Maine. DEP was required to report its progress on developing the state's adaptation plan to the joint standing committee of the Legislature with jurisdiction over natural resources matters by January 2011, with a final plan to the committee and the governor by the following year.

Related Organizations: State of Maine

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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People and Nature Adapting to a Changing Climate: Charting Maine's Course

February 2010

In this report called for by the Maine Legislature, the state puts forth options for responding to the impacts of climate change.  The plan relies on the 2009 impact assessment report entitled Maine’s Climate Future: An Initial Assessment developed by the University of Maine.  The Department of Environmental Protection developed this plan through a stakeholder-based process to evaluate options and actions available to state businesses and people to prepare for “the most likely” impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change in the Casco Bay Watershed

December 2009

This report from the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership describes how the climate of Maine's Casco Bay watershed has changed over the past century and how the future climate of the region is likely to be affected by greenhouse gas emissions.

Related Organizations: Casco Bay Estuary Partnership

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cameron Wake, Elizabeth Burakowski, Katherine Hayhoe, Chris Watson, Ellen Douglas, Jeff Van Dorn, Vaishali Naik, Clare Keating

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"Resolve, To Evaluate Climate Change Adaptation Options for the State": Maine SP0163 / LD 460

April 23, 2009

In this resolution, passed April 23, 2009, the Maine legislature directed its Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to create a stakeholder group with the purpose of evaluating the measures available to non-governmental organizations, state agencies, and the business community to prepare for and adapt to the most likely impacts of climate change. The DEP is directed to plan for the issues raised in the 2009 climate impact assessment, including considering ways to create a hospitable landscape for the development of greenhouse gas offset projects and emission technologies.

Related Organizations: State of Maine

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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