Conversations on sea levels in St. George Nov. 14

Nov 08, 2019
Source: Anne Cox Sea level rise threatens roadways such as this section of Route 131 in St. George.

St George — To begin the process of understanding what rising sea levels mean for the town of St. George, a coalition of committees and groups are supporting a community meeting at the Town Office Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

With more than 125 miles of waterfront in St. George, rises in sea level affect much of the town. Already, there are eroding shorelines, piers and docks that flood in storm-driven tides, and occasional splash-over at vulnerable spots in the roads.

At the Nov. 14 meeting, several speakers who are already grappling with the impacts of sea-level rise will present different aspects of the issue. Susie Arnold, from the Island Institute, will speak about the science of sea-level rise. Jeremy Bell, from the Nature Conservancy, will present the conservancy’s on-line mapping tool which shows how the coastline is affected by fluctuations in sea level. Bill Najpauer, from the Midcoast Economic Development District, will give examples of how some local towns in our area are approaching the issue. And Gabe McPhail, from Vinalhaven, will describe the work of their town’s Sea Level Rise committee.

While focused on the impact of sea level rise on St. George, participants from other midcoast communities are also welcome. For more information, contact Select Board Chair Richard Bates


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