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Preparing for Sea Level Rise, King Tide Edition

Sea Level Rise
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the King Tide Party Artists' Collective invite you to gather, observe, and mark the arrival of King Tides, the highest tides of the year. The predicted high tide on December 5th is 11.82 feet at 11:45am. As sea level rises, high tides such as this will become more frequent. To call attention to this, there are several events happening throughout the day. Please join us!

11:30 AM King Tide Walk - GMRI, the King Tide Party, and Friends of Casco Bay have invited Bill Needleman, Portland's Waterfront Coordinator, to lead a walking tour of inundation sites in Bayside and East Bayside. The walk will begin at 2 Somerset Street near Whole Foods Market at 11:30 AM and will conclude at Marginal Way and Cove Street near Portland U-Haul at 12:30 PM. 

11:45 AM Fowler Beach, Long Island, ME  - Living Cold will perform a cold-water swim, and King Tide Party members will serve green crab stew to mark the arrival of King Tide. Video sequences will be produced to document the experience and impact of the tide.

11:45 AM Chebeague Island - Photographers Cathy MacNeill and Beverly Johnson, along with  island residents will record King Tide’s impact on Bennett’s Cove, Stone Wharf and other sites on Chebeague.

11:45 AM Contribute to the King Tide Party Database - The public is invited to attend and photograph the above events and sites and use #kingtidetrail to post on the Instagram account @king_tide_party

6:00 PM Gulf of Maine Research Institute Atrium - Doors open with a guest appearance by the The Ideal Maine Social Aid and Sanctuary Band! Come and enjoy! Light refreshments will be served. 

6:30-8:30 PM Gulf of Maine Research Institute Lecture Hall  – A special King Tide presentation of GMRI's sea level rise program. Join us for an interactive experience to explore the impacts of sea level rise and weather events on community resources, and examine potential resiliency measures. 

The space for this program is limited. If you would like to reserve a spot, please fill out the form below. Unable to load the form? Click here

Questions? Please contact, Gayle Bowness, Science Education Program Manager at or (207) 228-1647


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