It's been a busy fall for the Regional Sustainability and Resilience Program. We launched our workshop series with two great events, completed the data analysis for the Tides, Taxes, and New Tactics coastal vulnerability assessments, held our first regional committee chair forum, and are making strides on the regional greenhouse gas inventory framework. Over the next few months, we will finalize the Regional Sustainability and Coastal Resilience assessment, begin the EDA Disaster grant funded Regional Economic Resilience Plan, and partner with the Greater Portland Council of Governments to develop a Municipal EV Readiness Toolkit.

With a record number of named storms this hurricane season and record-breaking temperatures across Maine and the U.S., this November seems like a preview of our warming future. We also experienced a King Tide event on November 16th! “King Tide” refers to the highest seasonal tides that occur each year when the Earth, sun, and moon are aligned and the sun’s gravity tugs on the oceans a bit more than usual, causing tide levels to be higher than normal. In Maine, King Tides can range from 2 to 4 feet above mean high water, causing localized flooding, disruptions to travel, disturbances to roadways, and impacts to stormwater systems. These extreme tides provide a glimpse of what our coastline could look like in the future with sea level rise.