Workshop – Rising Water: Adapting Maine Communities

**This workshop has passed. See below for presentations, resources and photographs.**

9-11:30a, Tuesday May 8th, Augusta City Hall Learning Gallery

Hosted by the Maine Alliance for Smart Growth, The Maine Downtown Center & KVCOG. Presented with support from Downtown Redevelopment Services.

 

New Tools Recently Created for Maine’s Municipal Planning Assistance Program!

 

This workshop is designed for anyone interested in how their city or town can access resources and tools to better respond to imminent threats of flooding. Many of Maine’s communities are located right on rivers, estuaries, and the ocean and are facing serious challenges with sea level rise and increased precipitation during storm events.

Program

8:45a  Registration, Networking, Light Breakfast & Coffee

9:15a  Presentations with time for Q&A

Resource List

The program begins with an introduction to the new Municipal Climate Adaptation Guidance Series of documents from the Municipal Planning Assistance Program of Maine. Joel Greenwood, Community Planner with Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG), will present an in-depth exploration of how communities can access and use these documents to improve community resilience by integrating climate change considerations into existing plans, policies and regulations. Within this presentation is information about the Maine Flood Resilience Checklist which is a self-assessment tool for Maine’s communities to evaluate vulnerability to flood hazards and increase resilience.

The next part of the program is lead by Jon Edgerton, Professional Engineer and Senior Vice President of Wright-Pierce, who will present from the perspective of a practitioner in the field working with Maine communities to evaluate risks, understand cost-benefit relationship associated with mitigation/adaptation options and then implement the options. Jon will share community best practices, case studies in Maine, and technical and engineered solutions for a vast array of challenges. Bring your questions!

Finally, the Maine Climate Table commissioned a research firm to undertake Maine-based messaging research around climate change to develop an understanding of how Maine people think and feel about climate issues. The research has revealed the most effective messages and messengers when talking about climate issues, impacts and actions with Mainers. Join Tyler Kidder, Community Outreach Director for GrowSmart Maine and local trainer for the Maine Climate Table, to learn how you can better communicate with Mainers about climate related issues. Tyler will present a high-level summary of the research findings and will share how attendees can learn more.