Coastal Access Project
The Resource Center is working on a survey of waterfront access points in Cobscook Bay. The objective of the project is to provide information needed for long-range planning to protect and acquire coastal access points around the Bay. Funding for the project has been provided through a Maine Sea Grant development grant.
Much like the rest of the coast of Maine, the communities around Cobscook Bay have been dependent upon a marine economy. Central to a marine economy is access to the water. Development pressures, change of property ownership and changes in municipal leadership are coming at such a rapid rate that "common knowledge" and traditional practices are being lost in the turmoil. There is also a lack of consensus around the most urgent needs for preserving waterfront access.
We are interviewing knowledgeable resource users and town officials in
order to identify public and private access points around Cobscook Bay.
Once sites are identified we geo-locate them using GPS units. The data
collected is processed and used to create maps of public access points.
Identification and GPS mapping of Eastport and Lubec sites have been completed.