Category: state agencies
Goals: Established under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act in 1978, the Maine Coastal Program is one of 34 approved Established under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act in 1978, the Maine Coastal Program is one of 34 approved programs across the country that work to balance the conservation and sound development of coastal resources. With a small core staff at the Maine State Planning Office, the MCP works with state and federal agency partners, towns, regional planning commissions and non governmental organizations to maintain a healthy and vibrant coastal “zone” – including 5300 miles of coastline and land area that stretches from the head of tide to 3 miles out at sea. The Coastal Program undertakes or supports projects that protect and restore water quality, encourage citizen stewardship, restore degraded habitats, conserve working waterfronts, reduce coastal hazards, and improve public access.
Coastal and marine policy reform; working waterfronts pilot program; Gulf of Maine habitat restoration partnership; bay management; beaches advisory committee; swim beach monitoring program; coastal pollution initiative; docks and piers guidance; scenic resource methodology and guidelines; interagency dredging team.
Resources: Small grants; presentations; technical assistance to towns and watershed groups; publications, webpage, fact sheets, posters, planning guides, resource management guides, Coastlines newsletter.
County: Cumberland Hancock Kennebec Knox Lincoln Penobscot Sagadahoc Waldo Washington York
Region: southwest coast Casco Bay midcoast Mt. Desert Island downeast