Sea Level Rise Info

About Our Work

The Town of Islesboro’s Sea Level Rise committee was created to assess and understand the threats posed by sea level rise, storm surge, and related flooding events and develop recommendations for the actions necessary to become more resilient. We work to:

  • Increase understanding and awareness of sea level rise predictions, and extent of potential threat to our community
  • Assess and evaluate adaptation strategies for minimizing vulnerability
  • Develop recommendations and action plan for addressing threats posed by this challenge and identify resources to support an implementation plan.

Recent Updates

December 2022, The Town of Islesboro was awarded a $50,000 Community Action Grant, from Maine’s Community Resilience Partnership program. This two year grant allows us to contract a part-time planner to assess adaptation options for vulnerability to sea level rise at the narrows, by engaging an engineering firm and supporting a robust community input process. This position is currently open for applications, with review beginning January 23, 2023.

Fall of 2022, the Town of Islesboro enrolled in the State of Maine’s Community Resilience Partnership Program. The Community Resilience Partnership assists communities to reduce carbon emissions, transition to clean energy, and become more resilient to climate change effects such as to extreme weather, flooding, rising sea levels, public health impacts, and more. See our municipal resolution.

Islesboro Community Resilience Partnership

Summary of Fall 2022 Community Action Grant Project:

Islesboro’s Resilience Planner Pilot project will contract a facilitator/planner to coordinate and manage community engagement and of work to assess, plan, fund, and implement a sea level rise adaptation project located at The Narrows.

The contracted facilitator/planner will work with consulting engineers to evaluate options to redesign The Narrows to improve current and future resilience using Maine Won’t Wait sea level rise intermediate and high planning scenarios. In direct collaboration with the Islesboro Town Manager, Select Board, an Island Institute Fellow, and the Sea Level Rise Committee, the facilitator/planner will conduct a broad community engagement process to build a collective understanding of climate impacts at The Narrows, as well as building awareness about other vulnerable infrastructure on the island, and will work to bring the community to consensus around an adaptation approach for The Narrows that is based on a benefit cost analysis of engineering requirements, environmental impacts, historical and cultural perspectives, emergency management and public works needs, and community will.

Working part-time over an initial two-year period, the contracted facilitator/planner will be supported on the ground by an Island Institute Fellow who will provide capacity for outreach, community data collection, and engagement activities. The facilitator/planner will report directly to the Town Manager and a representative of the Sea Level Rise Committee.

Previous Work

The Select Board received a grant opportunity through the Maine Coastal Program in 2015 to study the risk of coastal flooding and storm surges at the Narrows and Grindle Point. At the May 31, 2016 Select Board meeting, Ransom Engineering, the company hired to perform the study, presented the Board with the following report which will serve as a guide going forward for coastal resiliency planning for the Town.

Coastal Storm Vulnerability Grindle Point and The Narrows (5/31/2016)

Present and Future Vulnerability to Coastal Flooding at Grindle Point and The Narrows (8/21/2017)

Sea Level Rise Committee

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Susan Stafford

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Chloe Joule

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Fred O Porter

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Peter Willcox

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Nancy Alexander

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Donna Leone

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Jennifer West

Ex Of.

Shey Conover