The town will use a $50,000 grant from a state climate change program to design improvements for two roads where flooding could cut off residents from their homes and fishermen from town landings and wharves.
The Harpswell Select Board has contracted R.A. Webber & Sons Inc., of Cundy’s Harbor, to restore the Giant’s Stairs Trail and parking areas for $8,884. The board approved the contract on Thursday, Sept. 28.
Harpswell’s dramatic rocky shores are a big part of what makes the town such an attractive place to live. They also make it a precarious place to call home. The great majority of the residences here depend on drilled wells for their water.
If you were looking for an example of the range of problems that can affect groundwater in Harpswell, you need only go to Cundy’s Harbor, where the Holbrook Community Foundation owns a wharf, restaurant, general store and apartment building.
Before Walt Dunlap moved in 2011 to the shores of Maquoit Bay, just south of Brunswick, he did his homework. A licensed land surveyor, Dunlap knew the steep banks sloping down to the ocean were unstable and prone to erosion.
Meredith White began her education as a marine biologist while a child exploring the tidal pools around Potts Point in Harpswell. White was recently named supervisor of the state’s Nearshore Marine Resources Program.
A recent U.S. Navy report finds that perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances concentrated near the runway of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station “may be a primary source of PFAS in (area) groundwater and springs,” potentially contaminating the aquifer that supplies two well fields of the Brunswick & Topsham Water District, which serves roughly 18,000 residents.
As they hunt for fish, common terns are a delight to behold.
These smallish gray-and-white birds with black caps and orange beaks swoop low over the water. Stopping to hover, a tern will suddenly plunge into the water, emerging moments later with a small herring hanging from the side of its beak.
It ain’t easy being a clammer. The soft-shell clam fishery — the second-most-valuable fishery in the state last year — is facing increasing pressures from climate change and is being picked apart by the invasive green crab.