Much of the work we do to preserve shore access and prepare for larger storms and sea-level rise is funded by the Maine Coastal Program through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Every six months, we send a progress report to the Maine Coastal Program on what we’ve done. The most recent report provides a brief (4 pages) but comprehensive overview of progress since January. If you want to know what the Gouldsboro Shore program does, this is a good place to start. There’s a link to the report at the end of this post.
The photo of Corea Harbor at the top of this post, captured by drone pilot and volunteer Brett Binns, is an example of what the program’s volunteers are doing. Brett uses his drone to capture geo-referenced images of shore conditions and infrastructure that we use to describe the current state of our coast. Doing this over time will help the town track how conditions are changing.
The Maine Coastal Program funds only the parts of the Gouldsboro Shore program related to shore access, shore vulnerability due to climate change, and community outreach. Our work with mudflat resilience and in the shellfish lab receives support from the Maine Shellfish Restoration and Resilience Fund. You will find information about those activities on the Shellfish Resilience section of our website.