Coastal Projects & Planning
The Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission is dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and responsible use of Lincoln County’s coastal resources.
SEA LEVEL RISE & COASTAL HAZARD
The LCRPC Board began discussing in the summer of 2011 a project to evaluate the potential impacts of rising sea levels on Lincoln County’s 450 miles of tidal coastline. Over the past 100 years, sea level along the county’s coastline has increased about a half-foot and many scientists are predicting that it may rise another two feet or more in the next 100 years. The average town size in Lincoln County is about 1,800 persons and the biggest investment each of these communities has is public infrastructure, such as roads, fire stations, sewage treatment plants, municipal piers and schools and other facilities. The Board applied for and received a grant from the Maine Coastal Program to conduct a sea level rise-coastal hazards study of the county’s coastal areas. The project has three main goals:
LINCOLN COUNTY TIDAL MARSHES
The Maine Natural Areas Program (www.maine.gov/doc/nrimc/mnap/) maintains a data base on tidal marshes in all coastal areas of the state including Lincoln County. The following are tidal marsh maps for Lincoln County and for individual county communities with tidal marshes. Please note that the maps only include vegetated tidal marshes of at least 5 acres in size unless a marsh of less than 5 acres was in a cove or embayment with other larger marshes, in which case it is included on the maps. Mud flats or fringing marshes, which are defined as linear segments of marshes with a width of less than 60 feet, are not included.
Download tidal marsh files as .kmls (Google Earth) in a zip file here.
For more information, please contact County Planner Robert Faunce at email@example.com.