Final Program – 2013 Maine Beaches Conference

Date | July 12, 2013, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location | Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, ME


Speakers/exhibitors identified below are confirmed for participation. Schedule subject to change. Click on session title for more details. Speaker biographies available here.

7:30 a.m. Registration and Multimedia Session
Multimedia Session: Exhibits, posters, art and photography exhibits, and demonstrations of web tools for cooperation.

8:30 a.m.  General Session I
Welcome, opening remarks, and monitoring volunteer recognition.

  • Christine Feurt, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Ronald Cantor, President, Southern Maine Community College

Plenary Session I. Lessons from Sandy: What are the take-aways for Maine?

  • Impacts from superstorm Sandy: Jay Tanski, New York Sea Grant Program
  • Nor’easter impacts: John Cannon, National Weather Service
  • Monitoring trends and how Maine can prepare: Peter Slovinsky and Steve Dickson, Maine Geological Survey

10:30 a.m.  Break and Multimedia Session

11:00 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions I
Note that some sessions anticipated to be held outdoors.

Approaches for Coastal Erosion Control

  • The evolution of coastal erosion control technology: Peter Hanrahan, E J Prescott, Inc.
  • Maine’s largest beach scraping effort: Steve Dickson, Maine Geological Survey
  • Beach landscaping and dune restoration: Sue Schaller, Bar Mills Ecological
  • Considering state and federal regulations: Marybeth Richardson, Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection and Jay Clement, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Partners Promoting Tourism on Maine’s Beaches

  • Carolann Oulette, Maine Office of Tourism
  • Keith Fletcher, Maine Coast Heritage Trust
  • Roxanne Eflin, Maine Development Foundation/Maine Downtown Center
  • Paige Farmer,  Maine Beaches Association

The State of Maine’s Beaches in 2013: Insights from Beach Profile Monitoring

  • Peter Slovinsky, Maine Geological Survey; John Cannon, National Weather Service; and beach profile monitoring volunteers

Clean Water for Clams

  • Water quality for shellfish growing areas: Kohl Kanwit, Maine Dept. of Marine Resources
  • Community engagement in water quality: Ruth Indrick, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
  • Clean water for aquaculture: Sebastian Belle, Maine Aquaculture Association

Partnerships for Beaches

  • Strategies to build teamwork: Tony Lacertosa, Peerless Leadership Development
  • Teaming-up to track bacteria in Kittery: Jessa Kellogg, Town of Kittery
  • Partners for Clean Water in South Boston: Judith Pederson, MIT Sea Grant

12:30 p.m.  Luncheon
Enjoy lunch in the dining hall, or take lunch out to the beach.
Or join a conversation over lunch – options include (tentative):

  • Thank You Lunch for Beach Monitors: Monitoring program staff and researchers invite monitoring volunteers to lunch in your honor.
  • Lunch with DEP: Join DEP staff for informal Q/A.
  • Walk and Talk Lunch: Join presenters from Maine’s Ever-Changing Beaches for a walking lunch.

1:30 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions II
Note that some sessions anticipated to be held outdoors.

Maine’s Ever-Changing Beaches

  • Sea-level rise impacts on coastal archeological sites: Nathan Hamilton and Rob Sanford, University of Southern Maine
  • Three ways of tracking change on Maine’s beaches and what they are telling us: Joseph Kelley, University of Maine

Pollution Source Tracking

  • The source tracking toolbox: Keri Kaczor, UMaine Cooperative Extension/Maine Healthy Beaches; Fred Dillon, City of South Portland; John Bucci, University of New Hampshire; Emily DiFranco, FB Environmental Associates

Floodplains and Flooding

  • Understanding flood zones: Jim Nadeau, Nadeau Land Surveys
  • Understanding the National Flood Insurance Program: Sue Baker, Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry
  • Storm surge impacts: Peter Slovinsky, Maine Geological Survey

Ecological Values

  • Working in watersheds to understand what communities value: Christine Feurt, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • What does a forest in Sanford have to do with a beach in Wells? Tin Smith, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Endangered shorebirds on Maine’s beaches – the birds, the beaches, and why it matters: Laura Minich Zitske, Maine Audubon

Monitoring Maine’s Marine Invaders

  • Beth Bisson, Maine Sea Grant
  • Jeremy Miller, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Sarah Morrisseau, Christine Voyer, and Jeffrey Rubel, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
  • Jessica Muhlin, Maine Martime Academy
  • Sue Richman, South Portland High School

3:15 p.m.  General Session II
Plenary Session II: Private Property, Public Rights: Ownership and Public Use of the Maine Coast

  • Introduction: Paul Dest, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Shorelines and public rights, a background on Maine law: John Duff, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Goose Rocks Beach negotiating a settlement agreement: Larry Mead, Town of Kennebunkport
  • Goose Rocks Beach legal perspectives: Ben Leoni, Curtis Thaxter Attorneys at Law, and Amy Tchao, Drummond Woodsum Law Firm

4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks