Maritime Shorts: Healthy waterfronts, grant winners, public hearing

Healthy working waterfront criteria 

BAR HARBOR — The Harbor Committee has been tasked with looking into what makes a healthy and robust working waterfront, and what Bar Harbor’s strengths and needs are to ensure that the town has one as it explores future uses for the ferry terminal and other waterfront access issues.   

“It would be helpful maybe to start kind of comprehensively to think about what is a healthy working waterfront these days,” said Valerie Peacock, a committee member and town councilor.  

The Town Council had previously prioritized the town pier as the working waterfront and Peacock brought up potential working waterfront opportunities for the former state ferry terminal, which the town is looking to revitalize. 

Peacock wanted to see the Harbor Committee talk to experts and find out what constitutes a healthy working waterfront. The council unanimously voted to instruct the committee to study working waterfronts and come back to the council with recommendations.   

Town Manager Cornell Knight asked that fishermen who previously came to the town and said they didn’t feel supported to be included in those discussions.  


Sea-level rise grant winners 

WINTER HARBOR — The Schoodic Institute and the National Park Service were among grant winners for projects looking into sea level rise.  

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced several awards, including the $375,825 grant for the University of Rhode Island, Penn State University, Schoodic Institute and the parks service, to improve resource management and resilience to extreme weather events. The organizations plan to use different models to quantify the impacts of future storm and sea level rise scenarios on ecosystem and infrastructure vulnerability. The research is expected to study sites in five national parks and two national wildlife refuges in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  

Total funding for the project is expected to total $1.5 million. The grants are part of $4.6 million in funding from the NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Effects of Sea Level Rise program to address sea level rise on coastal ecosystems, communities, infrastructure and transportation.  

“Our Effects of Sea Level Rise program supports science that will inform management decisions to reduce the risks of flooding and sea level rise to coastal communities, and determine the effectiveness of a range of different management actions that are being considered for improving coastal resilience,” said Steve Thur, director of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, in a statement. “This is accomplished by enabling diverse science teams to work directly with partners that make decisions on how to protect our coasts from flooding.”  


Application renewal public hearing 

BROOKSVILLE — A public hearing will be held next month on an aquaculture renewal application for a shellfish and sea urchin site in the Bagaduce River.  

Jesse Leach is applying to renew the existing 4.13-acre lease west of Bear Head in the towns of Brooksville and Sedgwick.  

Leach has requested a 20-year lease to continue suspended and bottom culture at the location.  

The state Department of Marine Resources will hold a public hearing on the lease on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at Brooksville Town Hall. 

Those wishing to ask questions or testify at the hearing are asked to register on the DMR website by Sept. 28. Potential intervenors on the application have the same deadline.  

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