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Preparing for climate change: Maine coastal communities adapt or face a credit downgrade

Dec 31, 2017

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is working with the cities of South Portland and Portland to develop community engagement tools. It helps citizens better understand sea level rise, storm surge, increased precipitation and the flooding impacts on coastal communities.

“As we lose property we lose tax income that comes from those properties,” said Gayle Bowness, the program manager at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. "We really need to think about adaptation. How can we best adapt to keep the water out of areas or to let the water come in naturally and not be disruptive to daily patterns?”

Bowness added that in an extreme scenario, models predict our sea levels rising by almost 11 feet in Portland, Maine by the year 2100.