The town risks saltwater intrusion in its wells, and also faces a longer-term threat to the vital roads onto the island.
The city’s terminals are crucial to Maine’s energy needs, but the storage tanks, roads and rail lines are all at risk as the ocean rises.
Two feet of sea level rise coupled with a storm like the infamous Blizzard of 1978 would be enough to submerge most homes in Camp Ellis.
By 2100, a storm surge at high tide could put much of Commercial Street under six to 10 feet of water.
For years, the town has debated what to do about the causeway that supports busy Route 1. Opening up the dike underneath would submerge land upriver from Machias to Marshfield.
“Sometimes the rain is damaging enough. We have to close it down and have it come to be assessed by an engineer, and we have had to have work done to it.”
One report found that $16 million worth of Camden’s waterfront property would be at risk if the sea level rises one foot.
In a 2020 study, a task force identified the Seaside Cemetery as one of the pieces of critical infrastructure in Blue Hill most at risk from rising seas and storm surges.
Recommendations would go to the Legislature. It comes after months of reporting by The Maine Monitor.
From countless scattered sources and historic hotspots, ‘forever chemicals’ enter surface water and groundwater, eventually reaching marine ecosystems. Along the way, citizens and scientists are working to assess the effects of PFAS.
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