Maine

Yes to Coastal Risks + Hazards Commission in Maine!

Active | January 01 2019

Coastal Preservation

The Maine Chapter is working with our Northeast Regional Manager to support the passage of a bill that would create a Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission in Maine.

When former Governor LePage vetoed LD1095 in 2018, Maine House Representative Lydia Blume decided she would again introduce this important legislation that passed with widespread support and then was vetoed with no good reason. The 2019 session bill, LD565, had a public hearing on Friday, March 1, at 10AM; view our testimony here.

A work session was held on March 8, 2019, where the Committee tabled LD565 agreeing to pick it up again at a later time should it 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 of the bill 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.

SUMMARY OF LD565

This bill establishes the Maine Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission, the purpose of which is to develop and submit legislative recommendations regarding the actions to be taken by the State to address and prepare for coastal and coastal watershed hazards identified by the commission, including, but not limited to, increased storm surges, extreme precipitation and other extreme weather events, projected sea level rise and increased river flooding and storm water runoff. On or before November 1, 2022, and every 4 years thereafter, the commission must submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environmental and natural resources matters containing its recommendations, including any draft legislation, to address and prepare for identified coastal and coastal watershed hazards.

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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