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Maine: let’s improve coastal resiliency to protect our beaches!

Active | February 26 2019

Coastal Preservation

The Maine Chapter is working with our Northeast Regional Manager to support the passage of two bills that would address coastal resiliency to protect Maine's beaches and shorelines, and plan for nearshore infrastructure in the face of rising seas and increased storm surge.

A public hearing was held on Friday, March 1, 2019 for both LD590, An Act to Promote Climate Resiliency Measures to Protect Beaches and Near-shore Infrastructure and LD774, An Act To Protect Maine's Beaches and Shoreline; read our testimony here.

A work session was held on March 8, 2019 where the Committee tabled both bills, agreeing to pick them up again at a later time should they not be adequately included in Maine Governor Janet T. Mills's climate council bill, which is anticipated for release soon.

YOU CAN HELP! 

There is still time to offer support by emailing the Environment and Natural Resources Committee Clerk and asking him to forward your testimony to the full committee: Caleb Roebuck.

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.

CONCEPT DRAFT SUMMARY OF LD590

This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to provide flexibility in the regulation of development near the shore. The purpose of the bill is to encourage the development of creative approaches to protect beaches and critical near-shore infrastructure threatened by sea level rise and storm damage.

SUMMARY OF LD774

This bill amends the State's coastal management policies laws to ensure that those policies address the effects of coastal erosion on the State's beaches and shoreline and ensure the health of the State's beaches and shoreline for habitat protection for coastal wildlife species and for protection against storms.

The bill also creates an advisory group on beach management, to be convened by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection for the purpose of developing and recommending objectives, strategies, legislation and other actions to mitigate coastal erosion in the State and to keep beaches healthy for storm protection, habitat protection for coastal wildlife species and for recreational use. The group is directed to review the report titled "Integrated Beach Management Program Working Group Report," dated January 2017 and submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature, update the data and findings contained in that report, if necessary, and review and update the specific recommendations for legislative, regulatory or other actions contained in that report, if necessary. No later than February 15, 2020, the commissioner is required to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources containing the findings and recommendations of the group following its review of the 2017 report, including any proposed legislation necessary to implement those recommendations. After reviewing the report, the committee may report out legislation to implement those recommendations.

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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