More than 6 inches of rain fell on parts of Gouldsboro in less than two hours on the morning of June 9, 2021, washing out the culverts under the road between Prospect Harbor and Birch Harbor. Looking back in time, this was an unusual event. But it will be less unusual in the years to come. According to the 2020 Update of Maine’s Climate Future, annual precipitation in Maine has increased rapidly over the past two decades. Most of this increase is due to heavy, intense precipitation events.

For Gouldsboro, with its diverse terrain that ranges from steep ridges to large saltmarshes, larger, more frequent storms have the potential to overwhelm town infrastructure, much of which was built years ago for a different climate. This is especially true along the shore, where intense storms include strong winds. As sea level continues to rise, the combination of a fierce storm with lots of rain and strong winds at high tide can do significant damage. Gouldsboro’s Shore and Storm Project supports the town in identifying locations and infrastructure that are most at risk and planning action to reduce those risks.

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An aerial view of lobster boats in a harbor

Maine Coastal Program Report – Jan-June

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). Our most recent report to the Maine Coastal Program 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.

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view across the harbor of the white lighthouse keeper's cottage in Prospect Harbor with much of its roof burned and missing

An Icon on Our Shore

On the morning of June 27, a fire broke out at Gull Cottage in Prospect Harbor destroying much of the lighthouse keeper’s house.  While the lighthouse itself is a beacon, the keeper’s house, Gull Cottage, is a special icon to many of us. Gouldsboro Shore is working to “keep Gouldsboro’s shore at the center of the community.” Gull Cottage has been doing that for 131 years.  

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A culvert under a road that is nearly full of water. An orange safety cone sits above the culvert

Mapping Flooding: More on Gouldsboro’s Need for your Help

Last month we wrote about Gouldsboro’s need for information from the people who live here about where they are seeing problems with flooding due to big rainfall events and tides. Almost immediately, we heard from someone with a flooding problem. His email raised important questions that we had not addressed in our initial post. He also shared insights into potential concerns about how people might Gouldsboro’s interest in understanding how things are changing. In this post, we try to answer the questions and address the concerns.

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