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Maine: Fund SLR Modeling, Mapping & Monitoring!

Active | March 10 2017

Coastal Preservation

The Maine Chapter is working with our Northeast Regional Manager to support the passage of LD467, An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Address Changes in Sea Level.

Summary of LD467, An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Address Changes in Sea Level:

"The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $5,000,000, will be used to support improvements to sea level prediction models by providing more detailed mapping of coastal zones and monitoring sea level changes in order to mitigate the impact of and help prepare for rising sea levels."

  • Referred to Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs on Feb 14, 2017.
  • Latest Committee Report: Not Reported Out

The effects of sea level rise vary by differences in the geomorphology and ecology of the landscape. Therefore, Maine's marshlands, rocky bits of coast, barrier beaches and coastal bluffs will be differently affected. We know sea level rise is happening, and it's time to put our money where our mouths are to best prepare for this known change to protect Maine's ocean, waves and beaches, as well as our recreation and tourism sector, which is the single largest contributor to our ocean economy.

On July 19, 2017, a carry over to the next session was requested, and on 1/5/18, a public hearing was scheduled for 1PM on Wednesday, January 10 at the Maine Statehouse Room 228 (FMI: 207.287.1635).

The Surfrider Foundation will submit testimony during hearing to support passage of this important bill.

You can submit testimony to the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs in writing before the work session by emailing Marianne.MacMaster@legislature.maine.gov, and asking that Marianne please share your testimony with the full committee.

Learn how to submit testimony & please give us a shout for talking points and/or to get more involved in our work in Maine.

You can also volunteer with our chapter and join/renew your Surfrider membership to BEST support our work in Maine.

THANK YOU!

Coastal Preservation

Beaches are a unique and dynamic landscape that should be protected for the future. The Surfrider Foundation is leading efforts at the state and local levels to protect our shorelines on every coast. Our efforts are focused on establishing appropriate setbacks for development, opposing shoreline structures, and placing coastal lands in public trust.

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