Maine Coastal Program

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Maine Coastal Program Seeks Potential Projects (habitat restoration planning, design, engineering, construction and land acquisition)

Hello coastal colleagues and happy start to summer.  

The Maine Coastal Program (MCP) at the ME Department of Marine Resources is seeking information from our coastal restoration and conservation partners to inform our upcoming application(s) to NOAA for projects under the FFY24 NOAA Office for Coastal Management Infrastructure Funding Competition.

As one of 34 NOAA-approved Coastal Management Programs nationwide, MCP is eligible to submit up to three Letters of Intent to this competition for up to 6M each in three categories:

  • Habitat restoration (construction)  
  • Habitat restoration design and engineering
  • Coastal land acquisition

If you are interested in this competition, please follow these steps.

  1. Review the attached Powerpoint presentation and visit the NOAA website to read about the program and funded projects to date.  
  2. Send an email as soon as possible and before June 25, 2024 at 5 p.m. to with the following information and a request to set up a 30 minute consultation: 
    1. Project Name:
    2. Project Proponent:
    3. Location:
    4. Project category: 
      1. Habitat Restoration (construction)
      2. Habitat Restoration Planning and Engineering 
      3. Land Acquisition
    5. Brief project description: 
    6. Approximate funding request:

An interagency team will review the results of all consultations and notify up to three project proponents that we wish to partner on a Letter of Intent (LOI).  MCP will work with your team to develop the required 4-page LOI and submit it to NOAA by August 15, 2024. 

Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to hearing from you.

MCP’s Habitat Restoration Team
                Robert VanRiper
                Devin Domeyer
                Kathleen Leyden

NOTE:  NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management is also running a similar competition through the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.  In Maine, Wells Reserve is the only applicant for that program.  For projects in Southern Maine that may have a measurable benefit to the Reserve, contact Jake Aman at

Notice of Approval of Proposed Changes to the Maine Coastal Program

September 28, 2022: Please see the Maine Coastal Program's News page for additional information.

Maine Coastal Program Strategic Outlook 2021-2025 (PDF, 149 pages)

July, 2021 - On a five year cycle, the Maine Coastal Program (MCP) at the Department of Marine Resources prepares a Strategic Outlook which assesses the status of key coastal management priorities and scopes potential future initiatives to improve management of coastal resources in Maine. In 2021, after public comment and review by an interdisciplinary team at NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, the document was approved by NOAA as meeting the requirements of the Coastal Zone Management Enhancement Program under the provisions of Section 309 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended. This assessment is used to determine priorities and develop strategies to be undertaken by MCP, provided that future funding, capacity and partnerships become available.

Maine Stream Habitat Viewer Release

Version 2.0 of the Maine Stream Habitat Viewer is here! First released in 2013, the Stream Habitat Viewer has successfully brought together people seeking to cooperatively restore and conserve Maine's streams and wetlands while also looking for opportunities to ease the financial burdens of road and dam owners. The Viewer displays stream habitats for species important to Maine's economy, ecology and way of life and also provides information about dams and road crossings that can act as barriers to fish passage and stream health.

See Maine Coastal Program's News page for more information.

Maine Coastal Highlights

Listen to the Maine Coastal Highlights produced by WCLZ radio. These short audio clips highlight a new section of the Maine coast from the Maine Coastal Access Guide every week.

Last updated on September 1, 2020.