Below are management and technical reports for Hancock and Washington counties, Maine. Visit Regional Research Publications for published peer-reviewed research articles from our region.
Healthy Watersheds Initiative Fact Sheet: The Economic Benefits of Protecting Healthy Watersheds
EPA 2012. The Economic Benefits of Protecting Healthy Watersheds fact sheet presents the economic benefits of protecting healthy watersheds by highlighting examples from existing peer-reviewed literature and studies. The fact sheet describes studies that demonstrate protecting healthy watersheds can reduce capital costs for water treatment plants and reduce damages to property and infrastructure due to flooding, thereby avoiding future costs.
Frenchman Bay Atlas
College of the Atlantic 2012
The Frenchman Bay Atlas was produced at College of the Atlantic but its creation was motivated by the formation of the Frenchman Bay Partners, a group seeking a sustainable economic and ecological future for the Frenchman Bay region. In addition, there is a link from that site to an interactive mapping site, where you can click on and off layers to make your own distinctive map, and the metadata behind the data points are available if you move the cursor to the object.
Acadia National Park = visitors, money and jobs
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that over 2,500,000 visitors in 2010 spent $186,282,000 in Acadia National Park and in communities near the park. That spending supported 3,189 jobs in the local area. To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010.
Taunton Bay Reports
In 2001, when a new Route 1 bridge between Hancock and Sullivan was erected, concerns that the higher structure would allow larger draggers access to upper Taunton Bay led to a dragging moratorium (2001 – 2005) by act of the Maine legislature. DMR Legislative Report: www.maine.gov/dmr/council/tauntonbay/finaltauntonbayplan.pdf
During the moratorium, several studies were conducted designed to identify and inventory sensitive areas and species which should be protected when the moratorium was lifted. These studies included: Moore: www.maine.gov/dmr/council/tauntonbay/moore06-08.pdf
Friends of Taunton Bay: www.maine.gov/dmr/baystudy/…/AppnL–TauntonBayReport.pdf
Based on the recommendations in Moore, DMR created a Taunton Bay Advisory Group which worked with DMR and harvesters to use the available information and continuing local input to develop an ecosystem-based bay management scheme to foster sustainable fisheries. Sowles: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/council/tauntonbay/finalrptsowles.pdf