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Saco Bay Symposium - March 26th


David Plavin, SOS Saco Bay:
Bryan Kaenrath, Saco City Administrator:
Donna Bailey, State Senator:
Emily Roy, Saco Director of Communications:

The Second Annual Saco Bay Symposium, meant to gather community stakeholders and leaders to discuss the issue of coastal erosion in the Saco Bay, is scheduled for March 26 at 10:00 AM, on Zoom.

The event is hosted by the City of Saco and co-sponsored by State Senator Donna Bailey and SOS Saco Bay, Inc.

The symposium will focus on the destruction caused by the Saco River Jetty built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The first such event was held in February 2020 at Saco City Hall and was well-attended by government officials and environmental experts.

The agenda for the 2021 symposium will include the following:

  • Maine Geologic Update
  • Army Corps update
  • Regional Dredging Plan
  • Alternative Solution: Living Shorelines
  • Next Steps Discussion: How do we make alternative solutions a reality

Living Shorelines is a more environment friendly solution: a protected, stabilized coastal edge made of natural materials such as plants, sand, or rock. This could be an alternative to another hard structure being placed in the bay.

Speakers will include Saco city officials, Peter Slovinsky, Marine Biologist from Maine Geologic; Saco Shoreline Commission Chairman Rick Millard; SOS Saco Bay President, Kevin Roche; Peter Hanrahan, Principal at Hanrahan Environmental, LLC; and Scott Bartkowski, President of Living Shorelines, Inc.

Representatives of our Federal Congressional delegation, area state representatives, and local officials will be part of the panel. Maine Geologic, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Forestry, University of New England, and Southern Maine Coastal Planning Committee will all have representation in attendance.

There will be an open discussion and, time permitting, a Q&A.

Saco Bay Symposium
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Webinar ID: 829 5788 4446
Passcode: 820187
Dial-in number: (646)558-8656