2017 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference

March 20, 2017

2017 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference

Thursday, March 30

Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME.

Conference registration is now open - please CLICK HERE for Registration & Details.


Ruth Hallsworth, Strategic Program Manager


Senator George J. Mitchell

Center for Sustainability Solutions

University of Maine

5710 Norman Smith Hall

Orono, Maine 04469-5710

ph: 207-581-3196 / fx: 207-581-3320


Conference Agenda

*** Rain and Tides – How communities are addressing evaluation, engagement, planning, and mitigation in an age of unpredictable water ***

* Flood Vulnerability on Maine Islands: An Advanced Circulation (ADCIRC) Model of Penobscot Bay

Leila Pike, Project Engineer at Ransom Consulting, Inc.

* Designing Infrastructure in an Uncertain Future: Assessing Lifecycle Costs of Culvert Designs

Alex Gray, GEI Consultants, Inc.

* How Harpswell is Promoting Resilience to Changing Weather

Mary Ann Nahf, Commission Chair, Town of Harpswell Conservation Commission

* Bayside Adapts: Addressing Climate Change One Step at Time

Bill Needelman, Waterfront Coordinator, City of Portland, Maine


*** Understanding and Managing Land-Sea Connections Along the Maine Coast ***

* Microbial source tracking as a tool for managing coastal water pollution issues

Derek Rothenheber (student), University of New Hampshire, Meagan Sims, Maine Healthy Beaches

* Intensive Sampling During Storm Events to Identify Land-based Sources of Fecal Contamination to a Coastal Estuary

Lauren Bizzari, FB Environmental Associates; Margaret Burns, FB Environmental Associates

* A runoff-based vulnerability analysis to examine and communicate the dynamics of bacteria pollution events in the Gulf of Maine

Sam Roy, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, University of Maine

* How to Sustain New England’s Tidal Marshes in the Face of Sea Level Rise? A Case Study of Action-oriented Knowledge Sharing among Scientists, Managers, and Stakeholders

Peter H. Taylor, Waterview Consulting


*** Advancing solutions to ocean and coastal acidification in Maine ***

* Can growing sugar kelp locally remediate ocean acidification?

Nichole Price, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science

* Linking genotype to phenotype in a changing ocean: estimating standing genetic variation in a blue mussel stress response with genome wide association

David B. Carlon, Department of Biology and Coastal Studies Center, Bowdoin College

* Northeast Coastal Acidification Network: communication and education efforts

Esperanza Stancioff, Associate Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant

* Disseminating OCA Citizen Science Monitoring Guidelines and Resources

Parker Gassett (student), University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences


*** To Green or Not to Green? Meeting your municipal infrastructure needs ***

* Green Infrastructure Benefits Exposed: Lessons from Municipal Implementation

Martha Sheils, New England Environmental Financing Center

* Balancing the Green: Vision for Meeting Portland’s Infrastructure Needs

Nancy Gallinaro, City of Portland

* Green or Grey Solutions? Why not both? Lessons from the Mid-Atlantic on Hybrid Living Shorelines

Jesse Baldwin, GZA GeoEnvironmental

* Trees, Not Treatment: Conserving Forests is a Natural Method of Water Treatment

Paul Hunt, Portland Water District


*** New Approaches to Integrating Wetland Conservation into Land-use Planning ***


* Alex Mas, The Nature Conservancy

The Maine Natural Resources Conservation Program

* Kristen Puryear, Maine Natural Areas Program, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Integrating Sea Level Rise into Land-use Planning

* Jeremy Bell, The Nature Conservancy

The Maine Coastal Resilience Tool

* Jane Ballard, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

Let’s Talk Wetland Benefits – New Approaches to Land-Use Decisions, Using Ecosystem Service Information and NOAA Digital Coast Tools

* Aram Calhoun and Elizabeth Hertz

The Maine Vernal Pool Special Area Management Plan