2015 Maine Beaches Conference Agenda

17Maine Beaches Conference logo July 2015
Southern Maine Community College
South Portland

The Maine Beaches Conference was ushered in with the new century in 2000 and in 2015 we celebrated our tenth conference. Over those years, we have worked to provide continuing opportunities for communication and exchange of the most current information among beach stakeholders with diverse interests and to present the findings from the state’s beach monitoring programs.

The complete MBC 2015 program is available below. Please click on the session titles to view the descriptions of the presentations in each session. Click on Presenter & Exhibitor Bios to view the alphabetical list of presenters, their contact information and biographies.

Following the conference, all session materials (presentations, session notes, etc) will be posted to the webpage for each session.



Registration & Multimedia Session in Campus Center

  • Exhibits:
    • Southern Maine Community College
    • Drummond, Woodsum
    • Walsh Engineering, Inc.
    • Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors
    • Maine Coastal Program
    • Maine Sea Grant
    • Maine Geological Survey
    • Maine Healthy Beaches Program
    • Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
    • E. J. Prescott, Inc.
    • Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, Floodplain Management Program and National Flood Insurance Program
    • Mainely Physics, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Maine
    • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Posters:
    • Southern Maine Beach Profile Monitoring Program
    • State-of-Maine’s Beaches in 2015 poster series
    • Maine Department of Marine Resources
    • Bureau of Public Health’s Shellfish Growing Area Classification Program
    • Marine Mammals of Maine
    • Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
  • Art:
    • SMCC Art Department Show
    • Photography by Jennifer Steen Booher


General Session I in Dining Hall


Interactive Sessions and Break in Campus Center

  • Join presenters and exhibitors in fast-paced interactive sessions
    • 10:10-10:50 – pre-registration required
      • Exploring ME Seaweeds – from bay to body
        [Session Notes]
        Sarah Redmond, Maine Sea Grant, and Hilary Krapf, Maine Seaweed Festival
      • Mainely Physics – physical science demonstrations relating to sand, heat light, and water
        Session Notes]
        David Sturm, University of Maine
    • 10:10-10:50 – 15-minute, rotating interactive sessions with presenters and exhibitors
      • How to read Flood Insurance Rate Maps
      • Navigating the FEMA Map Service Center
      • Approaches for Managing Coastal Erosion
      • Measuring Climate Impacts with Kids
      • Hurricane Impacts
      • Climate Change Role Play Demonstration with Keypad Polling
      • Sea Level Rise Data for the Local Level
      • Sea Level Rise Attitudes Survey
      • Adaptation strategies in Damariscotta
      • Marine Invasives Identification
      • Water quality testing and beach profiling demonstrations
      • Dune plants – natives and invasives identification
      • Native Dune Plants for Coastal Erosion Control
      • Marine Mammal Beach Response


Concurrent Sessions I (some sessions anticipated to be held outdoors)


Lunches, served in Dining Hall

  • Lunch with DEP: Join DEP staff for informal Q/A over lunch, indoors or out. Tables will be marked
    • Marybeth Richardson, Dave Cherry, and Bob Green, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • Walking Lunches: Join conference presenters for walking lunches at the beach
  • Monitors’ Lunch: Join fellow monitoring volunteers and program staff for lunch on the patio


Concurrent Sessions II (some sessions anticipated to be held outdoors)


General Session II in Dining Hall

  • Plenary Session II: Taking Action: Lessons from a Superstorm
    [Plenary Session Notes] [Presentation]

    • Jon Carter, Town Manager, Wells, Maine
    • Loretta Hoglund, coastal property owner, Drakes Island
    • Architect and Representative Deane Rykerson, House District 1, Kittery
    • Businessperson and Representative Robert Foley, House District 7, Wells
    • Tin Smith, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Closing Remarks and Sea Bag raffle