EDUCATION AND LEARNING

BUILDING RESILIENCE TO A RISING SEA on November 21

Posted Nov. 07, 2013, at 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street , Bath, ME

For more information: Becky Kolak; 442-8400; kennebecestuary.org/2013-lecture-series-turning-knowledge-into-action

KELT’s third environmental lecture presents new data to help coastal communities plan for sea level rise

BATH- The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) presents the third event of its annual environmental lecture series at 7pm on Thursday, November 21 at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.

The 2013 series, Turning Knowledge into Action, explores the developing relationship between academic research, scientific data, and community action for environmental benefit.

This final evening program brings together KELT, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Municipal Planning Assistance Program and Maine Geological Survey, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), and the Midcoast Council of Governments (MCOG) to present how communities within the region are beginning to plan for the potential impacts of sea level rise.

The evening includes presentations by Liz Hertz of DACF and Steve Walker of MCHT on the Marsh Migration Project. New mapping data for the estuary provides incredible detail of the coastal infrastructure – natural and built. Learn how this new data will help several communities in the Lower Kennebec River region understand and plan for the possible impacts of rising waters.

The communities of Bath, Phippsburg, Georgetown, and Bowdoinham, working in partnership with DACF and MCHT in the Marsh Migration Project, are preparing to protect their natural and built infrastructures. Representatives from these communities are encouraged to take part in a panel discussion moderated by MCOG after the two presentations. The panel will answer questions on how the information from the Marsh Migration Project is helping their communities.

A $5.00 donation is suggested for the evening lecture. The Maine Maritime Museum is located at 243 Washington Street in Bath.

On Wednesday, November 20, in preparation for the following evening’s lecture, join KELT and Bath’s Director of Planning and Development, Andrew Deci, for a free guided tour through downtown Bath. Deci will identify opportunities around the city for fortification and adaptation against sea level rise. Learn about Bath’s historic relationship to sea level rise; visit various unprotected and partially protected sites; discuss potential threats, mitigation, and resiliency strategies. Meet for the quarter mile walk at 1pm at Bath City Hall. Contact Becky Kolak at 442-8400 or info@kennebecestuary.org with questions. The lecture series is generously sponsored by Bath Savings Trust Company.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It maintains eight preserves for public enjoyment and has protected 2,305 acres of land since founding in 1989. FMI contact www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.

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