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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.

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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.

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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Climate Change and Transportation in Maine

October 14, 2009

This report reviews the best available science on observed and projected climate patterns in Maine, synthesizes the influence of climate change on Maine's transportation infrastructure, and lists the measures the state's Department of Transportation (Maine DOT) will take to address project climate impacts. The report is a preliminary summary of Maine’s proactive approach to transportation planning that addresses climate impacts, positioning Maine DOT to receive support from federal agencies.

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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.

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Maine's Climate Future: An Initial Assessment

April 2009

In late 2007, then Governor Baldacci asked the University of Maine and its Climate Change Institute to lead a preliminary analysis of the effects of climate change in Maine during the 21st century. This report from the analysis considers past climate change, recent evidence of accelerated rates of change, and the implications of continued climate change in Maine as a result of greenhouse gas emissions and their associated pollutants. The assessment highlights some of the critical climate impacts on various ecosystems and economic sectors in Maine, with the intention to help frame the policy and management discussions on adaptation that are needed, while emphasizing new opportunities that exist for the state.

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Maine Department of Transportation – Bridge Scour Management

Recognizing that climate change will cause changes in precipitation and stream flow, the state of Maine has taken several steps to evaluate the vulnerability of its bridges to scour and implement corrective actions to safeguard those most critical. Among the transportation infrastructure adaptation policies recommended in Maine DOT’s report Climate Change and Transportation in Maine were two scour-related goals: inspecting all bridges at least every two years, and conducting underwater inspections for scour and structural integrity every 60 months.

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Maine Sand Dune Rules

June 8, 2006

Maine’s coastal sand dunes are resources of state significance under Maine's Natural Resources Protection Act (NRPA) (38 Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 480-A. ) To protect these coastal features, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) established these rules to provide guidance to applicants seeking permits under the NRPA for certain activities in a coastal sand dune system. DEP evaluates proposed developments with consideration of the projected impacts of sea level rise, and may impose restrictions on the density and location of development.

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A Climate Action Plan for Maine 2004

December 1, 2004

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection wrote the Climate Action Plan to meet the requirements of a state law passed in 2003 (PL 237). This was a first step by Maine towards meeting emissions reductions targets they committed to as part of a resolution by New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. The plan concludes with fifty-four recommended actions required to ensure legislative targets are met. While the Climate Action Plan is focused on mitigation, many of the potential options for reducing emissions related to agriculture and forestry offer some adaptive co-benefits.

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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 State Climate Office

The Maine State Climate Office resides within the Climate Change Institute, a research center studying the causes and consequences of the Earth's natural climate variability. The scholars come from fields a diverse as biology, earth science, history, computer science, anthropology/archaeology, and engineering. Recognizing the need for a centralized, neutral source of climate information specific to Maine, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant created Maine Climate News in partnership with George Jacobson, Maine State Climatologist, in 2009.