May 23, 2018  
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Growth in Land-Based Salmon Production, May 31
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

Joseph Hankins, Director of The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute will talk about why a national land conservation organization is involved in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. At Schoodic Institute,
Winter Harbor, May 31, 7 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, May 23, 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
Slaughtering grizzly bears
Action Alert - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

On May 23, Wyoming officials approved the first hunt in decades for grizzly bears that wander out of Yellowstone National Park. As many as 22 could be shot and killed this fall, including pregnant females. Yellowstone's grizzlies, famous around the world, are national treasures. Slaughtering them is like defacing the Statue of Liberty or filling in the Grand Canyon. ~ Center for Biological Diversity
Invasive fish, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

George Smith will discuss the impact invasive fish are having on Maine’s native fish. At Mount Vernon Community Center, May 30, 7 pm. Sponsored by 30 Mile Watershed Association.
Drowning with Others, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

John Anderson, Professor of Ecology/Natural History at College of the Atlantic, argues for developing a broad coalition to help conserve Maine’s seabird islands from sea level rise. At Wells Reserve at Lajudholm, May 30, 6 pm.
Join the fight for Maine's clean energy future
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

In Maine, we are seeing the damaging effects of climate change firsthand: tick borne illnesses like Lyme disease are on the rise, the warming Gulf of Maine threatens our marine economy, air pollution drives up asthma rates for kids and adults, and extreme weather impacts our outdoor recreation and farming industries. The technology to turn off dirty fossil fuels already exists. What is standing in the way of our clean energy future? Politicians who are bought and paid for by the oil and gas industry. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, May 29 - Jul 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Maine State Library is offering a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library. The series, Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, runs for 5 sessions, May 29 - July 24, at the State Library in Augusta. Books to be discussed include "The Maine Woods" by Henry David Thoreau.
Bats, May 29
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Biologist Trevor Peterson will speak about local species of bats. At Topsham Public Library, May 29, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
“Living within Limits” Teen Environmental Poster Contest
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Teen Library Council of the Patten Library in Bath and Brunswick-based Manomet are sponsoring an environmental poster contest for middle and high school students. Posters should promote actions that help sustain the planet and reduce our environmental footprint. Deadline: June 1.
Sign-Up to Count Fish at Nequasset
Announcement - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The annual alewife count at the Nequasset Fish Ladder in Woolwich is happening. Join the fun by signing up to count during any two 10 minute blocks within a two hour period.
Wilderness Under Siege, May 30
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Nationally known author and explorer George Wuerthner will discuss the challenges facing Wilderness, how people can better protect the Wildernesses in their backyards and around the country, and organizing against efforts to weaken or repeal the Wilderness Act. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, May 30, 6:30 pm.
Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The first annual Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic will benefit the Market’s Harvest Bucks program, which increases access to fruit and vegetables for low-income households. At East Madison Grange, May 27, 5-8 pm.
White Mountains Centennial exhibition, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society host a preview reception of the new displays, “White Mountain National Forest: A Centennial Exhibition” and “The White Mountains: Alps of New England.” At Robinson House, Bethel, May 27, 2-5 pm.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. May 27, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Walk on the Wild Side, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Turner Public Library’s summer programming begins with a nature walk. At Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, May 26, 2 pm.
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News Items
Lincoln County gets cash to study up to 12 waste sites
Times Record - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission will receive two “brownfield assessment” grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The commission, representing municipalities in the county, will use the funds to implement a countywide brownfields assessment program for hazardous and petroleum substances. Brownfields are abandoned industrial sites.
Opinion: Most energy decisions best made locally
Times Record - Friday, May 31, 2013 

Even though technological advances are making electric vehicles and hybrids more realistic options and conventional autos and trucks are offering improved fuel efficiency, collective action by governments, businesses or citizen groups will be needed to move beyond our current reliance on personal vehicles. More extensive public transportation, bike and pedestrianfriendly public facilities, and broad anti-sprawl urban development policies will only come about as a result of widespread public demand. At times it’s important to “get political” — to lobby our elected representatives to take actions which will change the economic incentives affecting individual decisions related to energy. ~ Michael Wilson, Brunswick
As polar ice recedes, Maine could become a logistical hub for North America, says president of Iceland
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 31, 2013 

Maine can take advantage of a “historic shift” happening in global commerce to become a major logistical hub for North America, the president of Iceland said on Friday at an event organized by the Maine International Trade Center. “We in Iceland and you in Maine and Portland are fortunate to be located in a strategic position that enables us to make use of these extraordinary opportunities,” said Olafur Grimsson, president of Iceland. The recession of the polar ice has opened up the northern sea route, which is also known as the Northeast Passage, over the past several years. In 2009, a German shipping vessel became the first commercial vessel to use the route. In 2011, 18 vessels used the route.
Lepage and Bell Call for Solution to Global Warming Crisis
Other - Friday, May 31, 2013 

In a major contribution to the debate on the energy transition, Former French Minister of the Environment Corinne Lepage joined American Professor Robert I. Bell at a press conference at the European Parliament this week, calling for a comprehensive solution to the global warming crisis and to energy-independence. Project Volt Gas Volt (VGV) offers a totally reliable, safe phase-out of nuclear power and fossil fuels with the possibility of enhancement rather than a reduction in lifestyle. For the first time, surplus electricity generated by wind farms and solar parks, converted into methane, can be stored for months in the existing natural gas grid, making it the battery for renewable energy, and simultaneously making fracking obsolete.
Unity College Students Launch Maine Black Bear Study
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, May 31, 2013 

State biologists have been studying black bear poulations for years, but mostly in northern and eastern Maine. Less is known about the behaviors of the bears that have been returning in large numbers to central Maine. A team of Unity College students hopes to change that. They're studying black bears in the forests of Waldo County, under the guidance of a wildlife biology professor and an experienced trapper and Unity alum.
Maine DEP to Hold Second Public Meeting on Proposed 18-Turbine Hancock Wind Project
Maine Government News - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting on Thursday, June 6 to get feedback on its draft analysis regarding an 18-turbine wind farm proposed in Hancock County. This is the second public meeting on the project. First Wind is proposing to begin construction this year on the 54-megawatt wind power generation facility on Schoppe Ridge in T22 MD and an unnamed ridge in T16 MD. In addition to the 512-foot tall turbines, the project includes up to five 344-foot meteorological towers. The power generated would flow to an expanded substation at the company’s nearby 19-turbine Bull Hill Wind Project.
VolturnUS 1:8 windturbine launched
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The VolturnUS 1:8 unit was launched into the Penobscot River at Cianbro's Brewer facility Friday. [video]
President of Iceland calls Portland key shipping link
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 31, 2013 

While the melting of the Arctic icecap is an "unfortunate" reality because of climate change, Maine and Iceland stand to benefit economically when new shipping lanes emerge, Iceland's president said Friday at Maine International Trade Day. Maine will be part of that because the Icelandic shipping company Eimskip has made Portland its only U.S. port of call, said President Olafur Ragnar Grimmson, whose island nation is just south of the Arctic Circle.
Bad News For East-West Highway
Other - Friday, May 31, 2013 

Sierra Club - Following the roll out of the Businesses Against the East-West Highway Campaign and the 125 businesses that had signed up and the big media success of the public hearing, Cianbro’s corporate spokesperson for their highway withdrew from a planned debate with Sierra Club Chapter Director Glen Brand. Businesses Against the East-West Highway continues to gather momentum, with now more than 150 businesses opposing this boondoggle project.
Maine Utility Regulators Seek Audit of CMP Smart Meter Program
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission is recommending an audit of Central Maine Power Company's so-called "Smart Meter" program, citing concerns about significantly higher than estimated costs. When CMP was seeking state approval for its controversial Advanced Metering Infrastructure project — also known as "Smart Meters" — back in 2010, the company told the PUC that it expected savings of $25 million over 20 years. But earlier this month, the company revised that estimate significantly, resulting in additional costs rather than savings. "It would appear, at this point, that that amount has been reduced by CMP to $99 million in net costs," says Maine PUC Executive Director Harry Lanphear.
ALT Partners with MCF for Endowment Management
Other - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The Androscoggin Land Trust (ALT) has transferred its endowment funds, now totaling more than $185,000, to the Maine Community Foundation. The fund was given a recent boost through a successful $50,000 matched fundraising campaign.
Prototype Offshore Wind Turbine Launched in Maine
Associated Press - Friday, May 31, 2013 

Maine Sen. Susan Collins has christened North America's first floating offshore wind turbine to generate electricity. Collins took part in a ceremony for the 65-foot-tall prototype (right) Friday. A large crane was lifting it to be towed from Brewer down the Penobscot River to Castine. It will be hooked up to the grid to start generating electricity within a couple of weeks.
Enviros ambivalent about energy bill
Maine Conservation Voters - Friday, May 31, 2013 

LD 1426, An Act To Improve Maine’s Economy and Lower Energy Costs Through Energy Efficiency, sponsored by Maine State Senator Jim Boyle, was one of four priority bills of the Environmental Priorities Coalition this session. Increased investment in energy efficiency would improve Maine’s economy, cut energy costs, create jobs and reduce pollution. However, the bill was added, with a number of other pieces of energy legislation, to a larger “omnibus” energy bill. While the omnibus bill includes big advances for energy efficiency, RGGI reform, and non-transmission alternatives to new electric transmission lines, it also contains provisions that some groups believe are unacceptable because they could increase the region’s dependence on natural gas from hydraulic fracturing well into the future. The bill will head to the floor of the Legislature for a vote in the coming weeks.
Should Maine be in the natural gas business?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 31, 2013 

Maine’s electric ratepayers could be called on to partially finance the construction of natural gas pipeline in southern New England under a bill that received broad support last week in the Legislature’s Energy Committee. The bill is a multipronged effort to lower electricity prices in Maine which combines elements from at least nine separate proposals. Other parts of the legislation would boost funding for energy efficiency, directly lower businesses’ electricity costs and make it more affordable for residents to abandon oil heat.
Marshes are focus of rising sea study
Mount Desert Islander - Friday, May 31, 2013 

A study done by researchers with Acadia National Park and the United States Geological Survey concludes that a significant sea level rise would threaten coastal saltwater marshes here. More than 800 acres of uplands in the area of the park will likely be flooded if sea levels rise by two feet this century, leaving saltwater marshes with very little area to migrate into, USGS scientists Martha Nielsen and Diane Noserale found.
Deepwater wind turbine launch opens way to huge US energy resource
Other - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The world’s first floating offshore deepwater wind turbine was launched today in Maine, marking a momentous first step for the US in tapping a vast renewable energy resource along the Atlantic seaboard that could power more than one third of US energy needs. “This is a great day for homegrown innovation and technology and for renewable energy in the US,” said Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear. “The potential for deepwater wind in the Gulf of Maine is so great that it alone could power all of New England — without the need for dirty, dangerous and expensive nuclear and coal plants.”
CMP Smart Meter Program Financials Change from $25 Million Net Savings to $80 Million Net Cost
Other - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission staff is calling for an audit of Central Maine Power’s smart meter program. The program was predicted to save CMP $25 million. That has now been revised to forecast a net cost in the final current estimate of $80-99 million. Meanwhile, the Maine Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability continues to investigate the PUC.
Boat owner issued summons after Androscoggin River rescue
Sun Journal - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The Maine Warden Service has summoned to court the owner of a boat that was pulled from the edge of an Androscoggin River dam Thursday night. Paul Duclos' boat, a Bayrunner, had four passengers aboard, including his wife, Arlene, who cannot swim. Yet, the boat had no life preservers and its registration had expired. By law, the operator of a boat must carry a life jacket for each person on board, and boats must be registered with the state.
Watershed study comes up dry
Mount Desert Islander - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The results of a $200,000 study to determine if the amount of nitrogen flowing into the Northeast Creek watershed has increased along with residential development is inconclusive, after heavy rains that dominated the weather during the research period caused anomalous results. Town councilor Gary Friedmann said that in light of the degraded conditions of many of the coastal estuaries in the northeast, it is important that the town, Acadia National Park and the USGS continue to work together to study the wetland.
Peter Vigue appointed to national freight transportation advisory committee
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 31, 2013 

Peter Vigue, chairman and CEO of Pittsfield-based Cianbro, will join a newly created committee that will provide recommendations and advice to the U.S. Department of Transportation on issues impacting the national freight transportation system. Vigue’s appointment to the National Freight Advisory Committee was announced on Thursday by Sen. Susan Collins, who along with Sen. Angus King supported his nomination. The National Freight Advisory Committee is a group of 47 private and public-sector professionals who will serve two-year terms and meet at least three times per year. Vigue has been the driving force behind a proposal to build a controversial east-west highway in Maine that would stretch from Calais to Coburn Gore.
Acadia Park commission to meet
Mount Desert Islander - Friday, May 31, 2013 

Spring visitor use, budget, sequestration, construction projects and parking at Great Head are among the many topics on the agenda of the Acadia National Park Advisory Commission which is meeting on Monday, June 3.
We’re Being Watched
Earth Island Journal - Friday, May 31, 2013 

How corporations and law enforcement are spying on environmentalists.
Letter: The 'process' was not 'open'
Sun Journal - Friday, May 31, 2013 

I live in rural Maine and there are hills and mountain summits that the wind industry covets. They didn’t want residents to have the ability to speak out, so without giving them any notice or allowing them to voice these concerns, communities were swept into the expedited permitting area. In effect, that act removed residents' ability to help design the future of their hometowns. An "open" process? Not by a long shot. ~ Karen Bessey Pease, Lexington Township
The Heart of the Proposed Maine Woods National Park
Other - Friday, May 31, 2013 

The Maine Woods National Park Photo-Documentation Project provides inspiration, education, and motivation, through photographs and words, to encourage society to work together in the spirit of cooperation to create the Maine Woods National Park for the benefit of nature, wildlife, our planet and all mankind. [video]
Tracking the ALEC Law-Making Machine
Other - Thursday, May 30, 2013 

Moyers & Company - Last year, Moyers & Company aired the “United States of ALEC,” a report on the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-backed political powerhouse that’s bringing profit-driven legislation to a statehouse near you. 2013 legislative sessions are in full swing in state capitols across America, and ALEC has once again managed to fit its sticky fingers into scores of legislative cookie jars. This year, renewable energy, state-funded education and your tax dollars are among the many items poised to be gobbled up. ALEC makes no bones about its opposition to state Renewable Energy Standards (RES), which require that states derive a certain percentage of energy from renewable sources.
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