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Main Title Improving Maine's Beaches: Recommendations of the Southern Maine Beach Stakeholder Group.
CORP Author Maine State Planning Office, Augusta.; Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Water.
Year Published 1998
Stock Number PB2011-112585
Additional Subjects Beaches ; Shore protection ; Maine ; Erosion ; Sand dunes ; Marine geology ; Natural resources conservation ; Wildlife ; Habitat ; Public safety ; Public facilities ; Recommendations ; Residential development ; Commercial development ; Beach management ; Beach Stakeholder Group
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB2011-112585 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
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The use and protection of our valuable beaches are long standing issues in Maine. Some beach issues were addressed in 1979 when the Governor created the Advisory Committee on Coastal Development and Conservation in response to coastal storms that destroyed a great deal of property. The Committee issued a set of recommendations to protect shorefront property. The recommendations included helping municipalities participate in the National Flood Insurance Program, adopting rules to address construction in sand dune systems, restricting construction of seawalls, and creating a division of marine geology within the Maine Geological Survey. By taking these actions over the past twenty years, we have improved our understanding of the geology in these areas, and we have better protected coastal property from storm damage. Yet in spite of these increased efforts, many issues around the use and protection of beaches remain with us today. Some shorefront properties remain at risk because they are not addressed by State and municipal rules for construction in sand dunes. Indeed, some structures built to protect property or improve navigation can increase the risk of erosion of beaches. Moreover, wildlife habitat in sand dunes is still at risk from development and beach users, despite greater protection efforts. Finally, some shorefront property owners are concerned about the extent of public use of beaches that have been traditionally open to the public. This report describes the current beach management issues that are of concern to the citizens of southern Maine and provides some recommendations on how to address these issues. The recommendations have been developed by a stakeholder group composed of property owners, business interests, environmental interests, municipal officials and Maine State agencies.