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ME - Gramlich's bill to protect Maine's beaches and shorelines earns approval from Legislature's Environmental and Natural Resources Committee

Development of strategies to mitigate shoreline erosion and maintaining healthy beaches is the goal of LD 774

AUGUSTA, Maine — LD 774, a bill put forth by Rep. Lori Gramlich, D- Old Orchard Beach that aims to protect Maine's beaches and shoreline from erosion has earned approval from the Legislature's Environmental and Natural Resources Committee.

The vote was 12-0 with one member yet to vote.

Gramlich said she has worked hard to move the bill forward since she took office more than a year ago. With a unanimous vote real action can begin.

A report by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) stated that the habitat for the federally endangered piping plover and other shoreline birds that depend on Maine beaches for nesting can be improved if there is restoration of eroded beaches.

Gramlich added, "In my community and many others, the beach is a main economy driver. Millions of visitors come to Maine beaches each year, representing tens of thousands of jobs. As the sea levels rise, coastal erosion is threatening our environment and economy. The time to address this problem is now."

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