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Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). We have posted summaries and links to over 50,000 news articles and announcements. We also post breaking stories and exclusives. Be sure to check not only today's news, but take a look at the headlines from the past several days as well. Articles often come to our attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. ~ Jym St. Pierre, Editor
Stand with Hunter in opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court
Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Hunter Lachance, a 15-year-old Mainer with asthma, testified against the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained why Kavanaugh’s opposition to curbing air pollution that crosses state lines would harm Maine and people like him. Urge Senator Collins to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

A night of camaraderie, celebration, and inspiration for those who care about protecting Maine's environment. Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. At Brick South on Thompson's Point, Portland, October 3, 5:30-8:00 pm. Organized by Maine Conservation Voters.
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
Why Natural History Matters, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and our own well-being. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 24, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15.
Save our Shores Walk, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Learn how climate change may affect our shores and how CLF is working to ensure a resiliant Maine coast. At Ferry Beach, Saco, September 23, 2:30-5 pm. Sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation.
Help restore cottontail habitat, Sep 22, 28, 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will host a volunteer work day to help restore native scrubland habitat, home to many species including the New England cottontail rabbit. Volunteers needed. At Libby Field, Scarborough, Sep 22, 28, 29, 9 am - 2 pm.
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News Items
MAINE REPORTS: 'Eco-resort community' proposed
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, March 30, 2008 

The owner of 3,300 acres of undeveloped land that abuts the entrance to the Schoodic Point section of Acadia National Park is exploring development of an "eco-resort community."  Two closed-door meetings have been held thus far to discuss the proposal with town officials and state legislators.
Rock snot threat has fishermen on lookout
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, March 30, 2008 

Rock snot, also commonly called didymo, is an invasive species that appears to hitch rides from one river to another on boots or waders worn by fishermen. Once introduced to a new stream that has clean, fast-moving water, didymo can spread quickly and coat the rocky bottom with gooey brown mats of algae, potentially impacting river ecosystems, including fish populations.  It was detected in New England last summer and could spread to Maine waters without vigilance.
Over 100 Contaminants Found in Maine Birds - Unprecedented Study Finds
Other - Thursday, March 27, 2008 

The BioDiversity Research Institute recently released a new report documenting that over 100 harmful contaminants were found in 23 species of Maine bird eggs.  Contaminants found included flame retardants (PBDEs), industrial stain and water repellants (PFCs), transformer coolants (PCBs), pesticides (OCs), and mercury, though banned chemicals were significantly lower than in the past showing the effectiveness of this method of toxics prevention. Source: The Free Press.
250 children in Maine are found to suffer from lead poisoning annualy
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, March 26, 2008 

House Speaker Glenn Cummings on Tuesday called childhood lead poisoning "a completely preventable disease" that can be wiped out with education and money raised by keeping in place a 25-cent-per-gallon fee on paint. Cummings, a Portland Democrat, said he and his wife were stunned to learn years ago that their 18-month-old son suffered from lead poisoning related to home renovations.
Mars Hill wind farm celebrates a year of clean power
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 26, 2008 

State officials touted Maine’s capacity to become a major producer of pollution-free wind power on Tuesday during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of electricity production at the Mars Hill wind farm. The Aroostook County facility has produced an estimated 133.5 million kilowatt-hours of power since beginning commercial operation in late March 2007. That is roughly the equivalent annual electricity demand of more than 19,000 New England homes.
Land trusts awarded $666,566 grant
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 26, 2008 

A recently announced conservation grant will protect 3,800 acres of wetlands, adjacent uplands and more than three miles of shoreline in the greenway corridor north of Bangor Mall extending to Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Hudson.
Bowdoin to Offset Carbon Emissions with Wind Power
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, March 25, 2008 

Bowdoin College has announced a three-year agreement to buy so-called renewable energy certificates, or REC's, from the owner of the Mars Hill Wind farm in Aroostook County.
Environmental Regulators Defend Treatment of Maine Scientist
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, March 25, 2008 

The Environmental Protection Agency is defending its dismissal of a Maine scientist from a panel assessing chemical safety, following industry allegations of bias. But others say a double standard is at work, and Governor John Baldacci wants the panelist reinstated.
Global Warming: Is the debate over?
LivingGreenMaine.com - Monday, March 24, 2008 

UNITY — The Global Warming debate in the scientific community is essentially over, according to Dr. George Jacobson of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute. “These are facts that are not disputable at all in any scientific way,” Jacobson told the crowd gathered Saturday morning, March 15, at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Education Center in Unity. MOFGA held its Spring Growth Conference on “Energy, Climate and Agriculture” over the weekend.
For some, recycling takes much creativity
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, March 23, 2008 

For most Portlanders, recycling couldn’t get much easier. Just throw paper, plastic and metal into a single bin and haul it to the curb once a week.
Bangor: Mall area pollution focus of draft plan
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 21, 2008 

Local officials received mixed reviews Thursday on a draft plan to reduce pollution in the Penjajawoc Stream and Meadow Brook without stifling development in one of the city’s prime commercial districts.
OPINION: Energy Audit highlights opportunities to conserve
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, March 20, 2008 

The Co-op recently underwent an energy audit, performed by the State's Energy Program, as a part of our current upgrading and replacing of our line of deli, meat, and cheese coolers.
Belfast Eat Local Celebration planned
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, March 20, 2008 

Celebrate community, the local harvest, good food and Maine farmers and producers! Throughout March, folks have taken part in an Eat Local Challenge, using Maine-grown food from their larders and from local producers. Once the Challenge is completed, the public is invited to join participants and local growers to celebrate with a community potluck and dance on Wednesday, April 2 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the UU Church in Belfast.
Sustainable and renewable energy the way of the future
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, March 20, 2008 

BELFAST — Environmentalist and sustainable lifestyle practitioner Bob Bailey wants you to use renewable energy, and it is hard to find fault with his reasoning. First of all, he’ll explain that the expiration of fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil is looming in the not-so-distant future.
Criticism of Plum Creek's plan continues
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 20, 2008 

New sparring has broken out between critics of the Plum Creek development proposal for the Moosehead Lake region and the developer.
Opinion: Plum Creek deal good one for Maine
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 

As the chief economic development officers for Somerset and Piscataquis counties, we welcome a healthy debate about what constitutes sustainable economic development in northern Maine.
Groups join for effort to add land to refuge
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 

Several conservation organizations are teaming up for a $7 million land acquisition that would preserve a rare, largely undeveloped 110-acre piece of property along southern Maine's coast in Kennebunkport.
Saco wind turbine off to a slow start
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 17, 2008 

Though power output is below expectations so far, the windmill is attracting plenty of attention.
OPINION: Is modern religion relevant to the greatest challenge humans have ever faced: global warming?
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

Human beings and Earth are facing a potential catastrophe. Things that normally happen in geologic time are happening during the span of a human lifetime. As global temperatures rise and sea levels climb, shrinking glaciers are significant contributors to rising seas. There’s little doubt that greenhouse gasses released by agriculture, industry, automobiles and coal-fired generation are a key factor in changing the world’s climate.
Belfast Energy Challenge winner gets CFS bulbs
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

The winner of the first Belfast Energy Challenge turned down the thermostat five degrees and put on ski togs to stay warm. Belinda Pendleton and her husband, Dr. Thomas Maycock, won the Participation Award and will receive an assortment of compact fluorescent light bulbs, which save energy and last longer.
MOFGA hires director for Common Ground Country Fair
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

UNITY � The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) has hired a new director for its annual event, the Common Ground Country Fair. MOFGA member and resident of Freeport Jim Ahearne joined MOFGA's staff this week, diving into coordinating the myriad details and logistics of Maine's renowned celebration of the organic harvest and vibrant local economies.
Farm links local growers, school lunch programs
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

Rippling Waters has invited nearly 60 other farms to meet with the food service directors in School Administrative Districts 6 and 55 on Monday in anticipation of Maine Harvest Lunch Day, when students eat meals made from local crops. "It's a way to begin to establish a dialogue between farmers, local food producers and supervisors for the school lunch program," said Richard Rudolph, executive director of Rippling Waters, a nonprofit farm operating on 12 acres of land.
Polluted Penobscot bears further study
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

A federal judge has called for more studies on how best to deal with mercury pollution in the lower Penobscot River caused by the former HoltraChem chemical manufacturing plant in Orrington.
EPA tightens amount of smog allowed in counties nationwide
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

The air in hundreds of U.S. counties is simply too dirty to breathe, the government said Wednesday, ordering a multibillion-dollar expansion of efforts to clean up smog in cities and towns nationwide.
Ellsworth company, EPA settle violations
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

An Ellsworth construction company was fined $16,017 for violations of the Clean Water Act and has agreed to contribute an added $87,154 to fund an invasive species control program at Acadia National Park.
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