Jim Hays, Harbormaster
Alison Hawkes, Selectman
Ken Beebe, Associate
Robert Muller, Associate
Mission Statement for the Harbor and Waterfront Committee
The mission of Harbor and Waterfront Committee, which is established by Town ordinance, is to review and monitor marine activities within the Town of Harpswell. Specifically, the Committee shall recommend ordinances and management plans that help maintain safe and adequate access to the waterfront that balance the competing demands within the Town’s harbors and advise the Selectboard on ways to improve the management of the Town’s harbors and waterfront. In addition, the Committee shall act as an advisory Board to the Board of Selectmen on all matters pertaining to harbors, anchorages, as well as on existing and propose plans for future waterfront uses.
The Committee shall advise and monitor the activities of the Harbormaster and the management of Town Landings, harbors, anchorages and their facilities. The Committee, when requested by the Selectboard, shall serve as an appeals panel on matters pertaining to harbors, anchorages and the waterfront.
Approved by the Board of Selectmen July 2012
|Goals for 1012-2013|
Develop maintenance plan for Town Landings
Inventory each landing to identify (semi-) annual needs (porta potti, trash, erosion, wear and tear)
Create schedule or plan for each landing or responsibilities of steward of that landing
|Aquaculture: Determine if it is appropriate for Harpswell to have any ordinances considering aquaculture|
See Aquaculture page
Determine impact of water for Harpswell’s environment and economy (commercial, jobs, recreational, quality of life)
Harbormaster web pages
HARBOR MANAGEMENT A Legal Guide for Harbormasters and Coastal Officials
This handbook is a revised version of the Guide for Harbor Management, Bulletin 648 (University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service), written by William Prosser. Changes in the law governing harbormasters’ responsibilities have necessitated updating the original guide, which has become a valued reference among Maine’s harbormasters.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service provides educational and organizational assistance to harbormasters. The Maine Harbor Masters Association, organized in 1986 with Extension’s help, provides an opportunity for harbormasters to discuss common concerns and exchange ideas. No longer do harbormasters in some 143 coastal, island and tidal communities need to be isolated. Harbor Management: A Legal Guide for Harbormasters and Coastal Officials is designed to be a ready reference for newly appointed or experienced harbormasters.
Gulf of Maine Council| Knowledgebase| Search
The Gulf of Maine KnowledgeBase provides easy access to information about the Gulf of Maine and its watershed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. The KnowledgeBase is a directory of technical reports, journal articles, fact sheets, maps, Web sites, and other information sources for science, policy, education, and management.
CREAM AND SUGAR FOR THE LOCAL BREW? TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS TO SUPPORT LOCAL SOLUTIONS
The brew of local solutions comes in many flavors and strengths in Maine’s coastal communities and the Maine Coastal Program is there to provide the cream and sugar to lighten the brew (load) and sweeten the taste (task).
All too often, local issues can simmer away until the brew is dark and bitter. This can be the case with resolving land use conflicts, reaching a decision on a new harbor use, preserving working waterfronts, providing public access to the shore, supporting resource management like shellfish programs, and addressing other resource management issues.
In a home rule state like Maine, with a distributed CZ program that relies on the administration and implementation of core environmental and land use planning laws to achieve the State’s coastal policy, many of the tough coastal development issues and problems come from the bottom up, from the local level.
Working Waterfront Initiative
Working waterfronts cover a mere 25 miles along Maine's 5,300-mile coastline yet they supply the lifeblood of many coastal communities, enriching the regional economy and sustaining cherished cultural traditions. A diverse array of businesses--including seafood harvesters and processors, freight and fuel companies, boat builders and ship chandleries, ferries, cruise boats, kayak outfitters, and marinas--all depend upon access to the water and shorefront infrastructure to flourish.
Working waterfronts provide a link between land and sea that is critical to sustaining a diverse and thriving coastal economy. Commercial fishing and marine trades in Maine contribute more than $800 million annually to the state's economy and employ about 30,000 people, giving fishermen and others both a livelihood and a valued way of life.
Last edited on 05/01/2012