Beaches & Dunes
Learn what you can do if your beach is eroding
Learn more about beaches and dunes - identifying beach and dune systems, as well as threats due to erosion
Download Beach, Dune & Coastal Flooding checklist - 43KB

Bluffs & Rocky Shores
Learn what you can do if your bluff is eroding, and how to deal with the threat of landslides
Learn more about bluffs and rocky shores - bluff erosion, stability, and the different types of landslides
Download Bluff & Landslide checklist - 43KB

Coastal Wetlands
Learn what you can do if your property floods often, or the wetland boundaries are changing
Learn more about coastal wetlands - the different types, how they work, their benefits and vulnerabilities
Download Coastal Wetland & Coastal Flooding checklist - 43KB

The Maine Coast
Learn about the different shoreline types that make up the coast of Maine, and their inherent hazards

Maps & Data
This section offers resources available from a variety of agencies, including zoning, flood and hurricane surge maps, tide tables, aerial geological photographs and more

Permitting & Rules
This section offers a list of steps to help you decide how to manage your property, as well as links to the laws and ordinances that pertain to the shoreline

About this site
This Guide was created by Maine Sea Grant to help coastal property owners and municipal officials identify features and different types of hazards on the Maine coast, and evaluate potential responses and actions. Visit the About page for more information

A list of relevant publications organized by topic area

The Maine Property Owner's Guide to Managing Flooding, Erosion & Other Coastal Hazards
Download the original Owner's Guide as a printer-friendly PDF that provides the basis for this site. 

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Please note that this website should be used for general guidance purposes only to help understand coastal features and their associated hazards. Although this guide covers features and hazards found on a great portion of the Maine coast, it is not meant to identify all existing hazards along the Maine coastline, nor is it intended to be the sole basis upon which specific land-use decisions are made by coastal property owners.

For an evaluation of specific coastline features, hazard risks or historical trends, certified geologists or geotechnical engineers should conduct site-specific studies. NOAA, Maine Sea Grant, the Department of Conservation, the Maine Coastal Program, the University of Maine, and their employees or agents: (1) make no warranty, either expressed or implied for merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, as to the accuracy or reliability of the information included herein; nor are they (2) liable for any damages, including consequential damages, from using this Guide or the inability to use this Guide.