2019 Beaches Conference

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Note: Beaches Conference PowerPoint presentations are available on request by emailing the Webmaster. Please be specific about which presentation(s) you are interested in, including the year in which the session occurred.

Quick Links

2019 Beaches Conference Program – includes links to presentations
2019 Beaches Conference Speaker Bios

Kittery Community Center

The Beaches Conference works to provide continuing opportunities for exchange of the most current information among beach and coastal stakeholders with diverse interests in order to facilitate informed decision-making, as well as celebrating beach monitoring and stewardship, building strong partnerships, and taking informed action on coastal issues.

Conference Themes

  • What makes for a healthy beach system?
  • Implementing coastal projects to support people and environment
  • What’s in the water? (i.e. bacteria, toxic contaminants, stormwater, etc.)
  • Coastal regulation for municipalities
  • Impacts of marine plastics and litter
  • Harvesting from the sea: interactions with other uses
  • What’s happening with marine animals?
  • Planning for climate uncertainty using the best science
  • Public participation in coastal science
  • Coastal access for multiple uses
  • The culture, history, and economics of our beaches
  • Flooding, Erosion, and Storms: preparing and responding

collage of the beaches conference sponsors, text list appears below image.

Wave Sponsors: Kennebunk Savings

Umbrella Sponsors:
Curtis ThaxterMaine Coastal ProgramNew Hampshire Sea GrantMaine Sea GrantGreat Bay StewardsWalsh EngineeringRansom Environmental

Sand Sponsors:
The Great Bay National Estuarine Research ReserveWells National Estuarine Research ReserveNew Hampshire Coastal ProgramMaine Geological SurveyPiscataqua Region Estuaries PartnershipMaine Department of Environmental ProtectionFB EnvironmentalMaine Floodplain ManagementMaine Boats, Homes & HarborsDrummond WoodsumCoastal Adaptation WorkgroupNERACOOS

Thanks to:
Seacoast Science CenterHampton Beach Village DistrictSouthern Maine Planning & Development Commission

2019 Steering Committee Members

Deb Bourbeau, NH coastal property owner
Gayle Bowness, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Gabby Bradt, NH Sea Grant (+ Alyson Eberhardt)
Laura Diemer, FB Environmental
Bob Furman, Beach Profiler and ME coastal property owner
Kirsten Howard, NH Coastal Program
Ruth Indrick, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
Jessa Kellogg, Town of Kittery
Abigail Lyon, Piscataqua Region Estuary Partnership
Jenn Mocarski – Surfrider Foundation Maine Chapter
Janet Parker, ME Floodplain Management
Marybeth Richardson and Meagan Sims, ME Dept. of Environmental Protection
Rob Roseen, Waterstone Engineering
Abbie Sherwin, Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission
Pete Slovinsky, ME Geological Survey

Communications Committee Members

Vidya Balasubramanyam, NH Coastal Program
Alison Knab, Great Bay Stewards

2019 Planning Committee Members

Nik Charov, Budget and Fundraising Chair, Laudholm Trust
Annie Cox, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program
Kristen Grant, Program Chair, Maine Sea Grant UM Cooperative Extension
Steve Miller, Budget and Fundraising Co-chair, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program
Kathy Tenga-González, Communications Chair, Maine Sea Grant