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Maine coastal areas plan natural solutions to reduce flood impact

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The Greater Portland Council of Government obtained $250,000 to assist combat flooding attributable to local weather change in 10 coastal Maine cities.

MAINE, USA — Ten coastal communities in southern Maine are working collectively to reduce the impacts of flooding attributable to local weather change. 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation introduced it awarded the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) $250,000 for the regional initiative.

These coastal municipalities are trying to implement natural solutions to assist stop better impacts of flooding created by rising sea ranges.

“It’s going to actually assist assist and supply lots of assets to the area,” Sara Mills-Knapp, sustainability program supervisor at GPCOG, stated.

These funds, together with an extra $250,000 from donations, grants, and funding from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, will go in direction of a two-year undertaking. 

That undertaking goals to have interaction individuals whose livelihoods are affected by coastal flooding and assist neighborhood volunteers, municipal workers, elected officers, and neighborhood leaders plan for nature-based solutions to flooding. 

Participants will find out about information assortment and evaluation, analysis, and greatest practices to allow them to develop tasks which might be prepared to be designed.  

“I believe supporting now’s actually the time to do planning to make sure that our coast is resilient economically, environmentally, and socially to the approaching impacts of the local weather disaster,” Mills-Knapp stated.

Natural solutions look to use the facility of nature to act as a protection system towards flooding. Examples in Maine are salt-marsh restoration, rain gardens, parks, and open areas, seaside dune restoration, and shoreline safety utilizing natural supplies. Natural solutions could be extra sustainable and cheaper than exhausting infrastructures, similar to sea partitions.

Mills-Knapp stated Bug Light Park in Portland, which has rocks alongside its shoreline, and a big grassy house, is an instance of what a nature-based answer appears like with reference to decreasing flooding impacts.

“Creating park house or house that may be flooded so that there is not big impacts to infrastructure. Or doing dwelling shorelines. So solutions which might be actually centered on utilizing nature as a method to take in a few of the impact from sea stage rise,” Mills-Knapp stated.

The municipalities concerned within the undertaking embody Freeport, Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Portland, South Portland, Chebeague Island, and Long Island.  

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute will work carefully with GPCOG on the undertaking.

“Nature is actually our greatest protector. It absorbs the water, it filters the water, it could possibly break the injury of waves as they’re coming onto the seaside earlier than it will get to the place infrastructure is,” Gayle Bowness, Municipal Climate Action Program supervisor for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, stated. 

Bowness added the time to act is now and hopes planning and motion could make an impact in Maine quickly.

“Using nature as that answer, we’re actually establishing that entrance line of safety,” Bowness stated.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will make investments $39.5 million nationally in 49 tasks designed to strengthen natural infrastructure to shield coastal communities and improve fish and wildlife habitat.  

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