ISLESBORO — The Sea Level Rise Committee has finalized a checklist developed by the state that helps towns identify sea-level rise vulnerabilities. Collaborating Toward Climate Solutions is developing a report for the committee from its checklist answers.

The Maine Flood Resilience Checklist will help the town develop an action plan with short- and long-term goals, Select Board member Shey Conover said. It also helps identify community stakeholders that should be included in the process.

The committee started drafting answers to the questions on the checklist this past fall and recently brought in the CTCS team to help, she said. She has been pleasantly surprised at how much community attendance meetings have garnered over the past few weeks.

The town has worked with CTCS to help tackle sea-level rise for more than a year. The group helps facilitate relationships between communities facing sea-level rise and offers services and resources where it can.

CTCS is a collaborative effort of Bowdoin College, University of Maine Machias, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Climate Change institute, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant.

The town previously identified two areas of coastal flooding and storm surge risk at the Narrows and along Ferry Road, or Grindle Point, with a 2015 grant through Maine Coastal Program, according to the town website.

Some of the committee members at the meeting said because the ferry terminal could be cut off by increased flooding and storm surges, that puts the whole island at risk from sea-level rise. The committee also identified West Bay Road, where power lines come ashore from the mainland, as vulnerable, Conover said.

The committee created two subcommittees to analyze reports and develop recommendations about how to address sea-level rise at the Narrows and along Ferry Road, she said. It created another subcommittee to look into a citizen data  monitoring initiative.

The town is not currently collecting data regarding storm surges and flooding around the island, but Safety Officer and committee member Fred Porter has been keeping track of the most vulnerable areas on the island, she said.

She hopes the committee can develop a more comprehensive data collection system where members of the public who live near vulnerable areas can help document what happens during storm surges and large tide events, she said.

“We set targets based on state recommendations for how we want to plan for sea-level rise, targets in 2050 and 2100, but also recognize that really, those targets are more likely than not going to change,” Conover said. “So it’s really important for us to be paying attention to how things are changing on the ground here and making sure that we are adjusting our planning appropriately.”

The CTCS report based on the checklist will create a broader summary of issues so the committee does not lose sight of other action items, she said. It will help the town create a timeline for work that needs to be done to address sea-level rise in other areas.

Some of those action items could include recommending ordinance changes or adopting new ordinances, data collection and analysis, she said.

For the past couple of years, the town has put money aside in its Capital Improvement Fund specifically for resilience-related projects addressing sea-level rise, Conover said. The committee is still developing a recommendation to put before the town as a next step to address vulnerabilities.

“The committee is really focused at this point, we have started our work at the planning process and we’re excited to start to move into more of the action phase, as far as really starting to develop solutions,” she said. “We look forward to having some recommendations to share and talk to the community about, hopefully over the next six months or so.”