BLUE HILL, Maine — Following 15 months of data gathering and public outreach, the draft Blue Hill Bay Needs Assessment will be presented for public comment 6-8 p.m. March 11, at the Ellsworth City Hall auditorium. The storm date will be March 14.
The report was prepared by the Hancock County Planning Commission and Barbara S. Arter Associates with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Maine Coastal Program, and Friends of Blue Hill Bay.
The report finds that Blue Hill Bay remains healthy with good water quality, diverse wildlife species and significant economic value for the region. The bay also faces several challenges. Fisheries have been subject to unsustainable practices. Tourism and recreation are highly seasonal and public access to the shore is limited.
The full report can be viewed at: www.hcpcme.org/bluehillbay.
The meeting will be an opportunity to learn more about the report’s conclusions and offer comments. After a series of outreach meetings in communities surrounding Blue Hill Bay the report will be finalized and will serve as the basis for further efforts to determine options for the Bay’s future.