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.

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.  

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.

We Need Your Help! Watersheds and Big Rainfalls

Gouldsboro's hills are creased with valleys that concentrate water into a complex system of watersheds. As climate change brings increasingly intense rainfall, flooding and damage is happening in new places. It's the folks who live around all the streams, ponds, vernal pools, and marshes in Gouldsboro who will notice these changes first. The town needs their help -- your help -- in getting these changes onto a map so it can take steps to avoid problems before they happen.

Where Do You See Trouble Ahead?

Over the coming years, storms that drop a lot of rain in a short period will become more frequent in our part of the country and sea level is predicted to be at least a foot and a half higher by 2050. Knowing this, Gouldsboro wants to plan ahead so that, when doing regular maintenance and repairs to roads, culverts, and other town infrastructure, it can invest, bit by bit, in upgrades to get ready for what's in the future. Learn how you can help ...

Clams and Songs of Love and the Sea

On Friday, May 6, the Gouldsboro Shore Project joins the Winter Harbor Music Festival in presenting “Sirens and Sailors - Songs of Love and the Sea”, a recital ranging from songs of Mozart, Strauss and Rachmaninov to traditional folk, sea shanties, and siren songs. GBshore and WHMF share a commitment to protecting the Schoodic Peninsula’s shoreline and shellfish populations.

Gouldsboro Contracts with FB Environmental for Shore and Storm Expertise

The Shore and Storm project will identify where Gouldsboro is vulnerable to severe damage and disruption from sea-level rise, storms, and storm surge. Much of that work depends on information from residents. But we also need assistance from hydrologists and other experts who can use maps and projections from the Maine Geological Survey to identify future trouble spots. Gouldsboro has contracted with FB Environmental for that expertise.

Gouldsboro Receives “Shore and Storm” Funding

Gouldsboro signed a contract with the Maine Department of Marine Resources, marking the start of a project titled "Planning for Change Along Gouldsboro’s Shore." The agreement provides the town with $29,623 to use in sustaining shore access, reducing vulnerability to damage from sea-level rise and storm events, and engaging the community in planning and action to retain the ecological and economic health of Gouldsboro's coast.