Wells Beach

State of Maine's Beaches in 2011


Peter A. Slovinsky, Maine Geological Survey
Stephen M. Dickson, Maine Geological Survey

Table of Contents


  • Spatial and temporal extent of data for 2011 report: Beach profile data
  • The 2007 Patriots' Day storm
  • The winter of 2010

Review of beach responses

Beach Grading Summary and Discussion

  • The 2011 highs and lows
  • Seasonality
  • Sea level impacts?
  • Seawalls and natural dunes



Appendix A: Popham Beach, Phippsburg


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Financial assistance to initiate this program was provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Maine Sea Grant Program through a pilot grant Co-Management of Maine's Beaches through Volunteer Monitoring by Homeowners, Technical Evaluation by Scientists, and Annual State-of-Maine's-Beaches Meetings to J. T. Kelley, S. M. Dickson, and D. F. Belknap from January 1999 - December 2000.

A publication of the Maine Geological Survey for the Maine Coastal Program/Maine State Planning Office pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA10NOS4190188.

This analysis was supported in part by the financial assistance provided by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the profile volunteers involved in this project. This report would be impossible without your efforts. The scientific understanding of the state of our beaches would be lessened without your diligent and sometimes heroic data collection throughout the year. We thank all of the groups and municipalities that, with Maine Sea Grant and the Maine Coastal Program have jointly funded the program in the last three years. We greatly appreciate the collaborative efforts of the Maine Sea Grant Program and Wells Estuarine Research Reserve that have coordinated profiling teams, conducted education and outreach programs, provided quality control on the data, and provided the Shore Stewards web site and database. We greatly appreciate the excellent field work of summer interns J. Howard (2007), K. Grasso (2008), L. Wurst (2009, 2010) and K. Marvinney (2011) surveying and mapping shoreline changes. We thank you all for a superb team effort - you have made this report possible.

Cover photo of Popham Beach State Park and Morse River by John Picher, Maine Department of Conservation, March 10, 2010.

Last updated on July 14, 2011