Understanding coastal property law can be daunting for land owners, beach visitors, and municipal officials. Public Shoreline Access in Maine: A Citizen’s Guide to Ocean and Coastal Law describes Maine law and prominent court cases related to public use and access to the coast, from the seventeenth-century Colonial Ordinance that reserved the public’s right to “fishing, fowling and navigation” in the intertidal zone to the recent decision by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court regarding public use of a private road to access Cedar Beach in Harpswell.
Maine’s Climate Future 2015 builds on the Maine’s Climate Future 2009 report (below); it is not intended as a comprehensive revision of all aspects of the original report. This update focuses on highlights of our understanding in 2015 of past, present, and future trends in key indicators of a changing climate specific to Maine, and recent examples of how Maine people are experiencing these changes. Produced in partnership with the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.
Tourism and the shellfish industry are both integral components of the Maine economy and way of life. Yet elevated fecal bacteria levels in coastal waters may pose a human health risk, leading to closures of valued beaches and shellfish growing areas. Identification and remediation of harmful bacteria sources may require special studies and in-depth sanitary surveys beyond the immediate shoreline area. This can be challenging with limited resources and staff.