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Megunticook River Watershed: Community Conversations and Brainstorming

Coastal Resilience Planning and the Megunticook River Watershed: Community Conversations and Brainstorming

Camden, being on the coast, is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as sea-level rise, flood risk from unpredictable and increased precipitation, and a decrease in natural resources such as fisheries. One focal point of climate change planning is the Megunticook River watershed, since it is susceptible to erosion, pollution, and flooding.

Many of these issues are exacerbated by climate change as well as by increased development throughout the watershed, but the need to plan for mitigating these effects also creates opportunities. Significant funding is available to coastal communities like ours if we can implement solutions that also benefit fish and other wildlife, such as restoring our shorelines, riverbanks, and wetlands to make them more natural and resilient to climate change.

The Town of Camden, in collaboration with Midcoast Conservancy and other partners, wants your help and vision as we plan for the future of the Megunticook River watershed. Issues that the watershed faces include an increase in total annual rainfall and the intensity of storm events, increased pavement and other impermeable surfaces (meaning less water seepage into the ground and increased river levels after rain), pollution from uncontrolled erosion, fertilizers, pesticides, road salt, and other runoff, and lack of connectivity for wildlife habitat. Homes and businesses along the shores and nearby are at risk of flooding. There are steps we can be taken to mitigate these issues, and we want to hear your ideas!

Alison McKellar and Bob Falciani, Camden Select Board members, and Hallie Arno, a college student studying river restoration, will be holding a series of community conversations about the future of the watershed over zoom. They will begin with a presentation to learn more about the history of the watershed, where climate change vulnerabilities lie, and what the future may look like. They will then move into an open conversation, where you can ask questions, express concerns, and share what your priorities for the future of the watershed are. Meeting notes will be taken and shared to improve the quality of the feasibility studies and analyses being undertaken. This will be a series of discussions that will change and evolve based on participant feedback. Recordings will be archived and available on the Town of Camden website.

The meetings are open to anyone.

Join by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85464030062 or send an email to Alison at amckellar@camdenmaine.gov to have an invitation sent with a call in option.

Sunday, March 21st 5-7pm
Friday, March 26th 12-2pm
Wednesday, March 31st 10am-12pm

Please join us to learn more and share your voice on this important issue!
Hallie Arno graduated from the Watershed School in 2018 is a junior at College of the Atlantic. She is majoring in human ecology, which is how humans interact with the environment, focusing on marine ecology and conservation biology, and is especially interested in river restoration. She is living in Lincolnville and interning with Watershed School working to involve students in local climate action.

For more information please visit: https://www.camdenmaine.gov/news_detail_T50_R74.php

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