Current Projects

Resilience Pilot

GPCOG was awarded a grant by the Governor’s Office of Policy and Innovation and the Future, and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to build capacity to address climate impacts.  Bridgton and Windham are participating in the pilot project to develop improved local climate resilience planning. In total, eight Maine communities have been selected to participate in this pilot program which will inform the structure of a municipal technical assistance program for climate action that GOPIF is creating. GPCOG will facilitate a series of workshops providing training on climate hazards and impacts inland towns may face, approaches for assessing vulnerability to these hazards, and actions that can improve resilience. The towns will have an opportunity to identify priority next steps that will receive additional funding from the state.

Intertidal Data Portal

GPCOG is partnering with the Casco Bay Shellfish Working Group and Casco Bay Estuary Partnership to develop a community intertidal data portal. The interactive online data portal will include map viewers with environmental, social, and physical data on Casco Bay’s intertidal zone to better understand changes in the intertidal ecosystems. This will help inform municipal coastal planning and climate adaptation, with a focus on the intertidal ecosystem and shellfish conservation. Spatial Alternatives is the GIS consultant for the project.

Climate Ready Casco Bay

Eleven Casco Bay coastal communities will be working together to prepare for the environmental, social and economic impacts of flooding caused by the climate crisis. The two-year project aims to engage people whose livelihoods are affected by coastal flooding and help community volunteers, municipal staff, elected officials and community leaders plan for nature-based solutions to flooding.

Natural solutions harness the power of nature to act as an effective defense system against flooding. Examples in Maine are salt-marsh restoration, rain gardens, parks and open spaces, beach dune restoration and shoreline protection using natural materials. Natural solutions can be more sustainable and less expensive than hard infrastructure, such as sea walls. Participants will learn about data collection and analysis, research, and best practices so they can develop projects that are ready to be designed.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded GPCOG $250,000, and GPCOG has raised an additional $250,000 in matching funds from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), foundation grants and in-kind donations from municipalities. The municipalities involved in the project include Brunswick, Freeport, Yarmouth, Cumberland, Falmouth, Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Chebeague Island and Long Island.

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  1. Sara Mills-Knapp

    Director of Sustainability