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Action Alert - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond; hey, we're all connected). We have posted summaries and links to 60,000 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
‘Acadia Files’ author Coppens, Jul 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

Author Katie Coppens will conduct fun science experiments with kids of all ages. At Turner Public Library, July 23, 2 pm. Each volume of “The Acadia Files” helps young readers learn about the scientific method in fun and innovative ways by following the adventures of Acadia, a young scientist.
Help Stamp Money Out of Politics
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The flow of cash into the pockets of politicians from lobbyists, oil and gas companies, and billionaires bent on protecting their wealth is the biggest barrier to our government's taking action on climate change, and it is up to us to put a stop to it. That is why we're asking you to join the movement protesting Big Money's death grip on our future by rubber-stamping our cash with the message "Stamp Money Out of Politics." ~ Ben & Jerry
Tell Your Representative: Invest in Clean Energy and Climate Action
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Congress must update and extend vital tax credits in four key green technology areas needed to meet our climate goals — electric vehicles, offshore wind, electric grid scale storage, and building efficiency. Without these updated credits, clean energy innovation could stall and our planet will be driven even closer to the brink of climate catastrophe. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 22
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At PUC, Hallowell, July 22, 6 pm.
Greenhorns summer workshops
Event - Posted - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Hear from historians, restoration ecologists, entomologists, fishermen, foresters and master craftsmen, on a wide range of topics at the intersection of the human and non-human world. Greenhorns, in Pembroke, works to create a welcoming culture for new entrants in sustainable agriculture.
Crystal Spring Farm Bee Tour, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Beekeeper Ken Faulkner will explain the importance of honeybees, hive dynamics, beekeeping, honeybee history, and more. At Crystal Spring Farmers’ Market parking area, Brunswick, July 21, 10 am, free. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Kayak to Woodward Point, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Check out newly protected Woodward Point on the New Meadows River in Brunswick from the water. July 21, 2 pm, pre-register. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Climate Convergence Conference, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Explore the roots of science denial and change the nature of the public discourse regarding Climate Change. At George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, July 20.
Loon counters needed, Jul 20
Announcement - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Each year more than a thousand volunteer counters fan out across Maine’s lakes to help track the status of the state’s loon population. Volunteer counters are needed on a number of Hancock County lakes and ponds, July 20, 7-7:30 am.
Traveling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Jul 19
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Nicole Grohoski, GIS Specialist, Cartographer, and State Representative for District 132 will share adventures from completing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Gordon’s Wharf, Sullivan, July 19, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
Yoga on the Brunswick Mall, thru Sep 6
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Classes led by Sundara Yoga’s qualified instructors. At Brunswick Town Mall lawn in front of the gazebo, every Friday (weather permitting), July 19 - September 6, 7:30 – 8:30 am, free.
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 18
Action Alert - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At UMaine at Farmington, July 18, 6 pm.
Paris to Pittsburgh, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

This award-winning documentary celebrates how Americans are developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Followed by a panel discussion about climate action in Maine with Kristine Corey, energy efficiency coordinator at AmeriCorps; Stephanie Miles, of Maine Conservation Alliance; and Jill McLaughlin, of ReVision Energy. At First Universalist Church of Auburn, July 18, 5:30 pm.
Forestry for Maine Birds, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Learn how to improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species; take care of your woodland; work with other forest management goals; and enhance the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands. At Mt. Vernon Community Center, July 17, 9:30 am - 2 pm.
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News Items
Eagle Population on Road to Recovery
Mount Desert Islander - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Eagles in Maine were removed from the threatened list earlier this month, and wildlife biologists banded 12 eagle chicks in nine of 10 nests on islands in Frenchman Bay, as well as on Schoodic and Great Duck Island.
10 Years After Dam Removal, Fish Return To River
WMTW-TV8 - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Removing the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River in Augusta allowed 11 species of sea-run fish to access the river. The removal of the dam marked the first time the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that the value to the public of the free-flowing river was greater than that of the dam.
Neighbors try showing the power lines and the trees
Sun Journal - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Talking about the trees and what having them gone will mean isn't enough, said homeowner Elaine DuMais. You have to see the difference. DuMais' backyard is ringed with hardwoods and pines and a grove of apple trees. All of the trees and part of a rock wall would be removed under a power line expansion plan proposed by Central Maine Power Co. They'd be replaced with huge towers as the utility's power reliability upgrade winds its way through Lewiston.
Editorial: Mainers in House had right position on climate bill
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a historic energy bill last week that, for the first time, takes an aggressive national approach toward combating man-made climate change. Both of Maine's representatives not only voted for it, but they also worked to make it better. The focus will now be on getting a bill through the Senate. Maine's senators should continue their strong tradition of bipartisanship and support for conservation to move this important issue forward.
River advocates hail Westbrook fish passage decision
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Presumpscot River advocates say Monday's decision ordering Sappi Fine Paper North America to install a fish passage on one of its dams is significant because it could open the entire river to several species of anadromous fish. The decision by the commissioner for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife came nearly three years after river advocates asked the state to intervene.
More tricks or a murre treat? Time will tell
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

A penguin-like bird that disappeared from the Maine coast more than a century ago has apparently decided that it's time to come back. Wildlife advocates found a murre egg perched on a cliff on Matinicus Rock. It's the first time the birds have been known to lay an egg south of the Canadian border since the 1870s, said Stephen Kress, director of the National Audubon Society's seabird restoration program. "We have been waiting for this for 17 years," Kress said.
Islanders celebrate wind power
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Hundreds gathered Monday morning at a 75-acre construction site in a misty spruce forest to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Fox Islands Wind project. By Thanksgiving, developers said, three turbines will take advantage of the high offshore winds to produce enough electricity to provide power to the 1,500 year-round residents of Vinalhaven and North Haven islands.
Retired trucker first to solo kayak 740-mile route
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Gil Whitney, a 67-year-old retired truck driver, became the first person to solo kayak the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Completing the 740-mile water odyssey from Old Forge, New York, to Fort Kent, Maine, also made the Lakeville resident the oldest person to date to complete the trip.
Along the Allagash Wilderness Waterway
Other - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Blog - So, you’ve been thinking about a canoe, camping trip into the wilderness, and you’ve chosen the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.
Forever Wild: Roxanne Quimby's legacy to the North Woods
Other - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Maine Home+Design - To date, Quimby has invested $50 million in the conservation of 90,000 acres of land, in addition to giving away nearly a million dollars a year to nonprofits across the state. If everything falls into place, she will donate her holdings to the National Park Service upon its centennial anniversary
in 2016—a gift she hopes will rival the neighboring 200,000-acre Baxter State Park in size.
Maine receives habitat restoration funding
Associated Press - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Officials said $6.1 million would go toward the demolition of Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River, while another $1.6 million would pay to replace culverts as part of Atlantic salmon restoration. Gov. John Baldacci's office said the funding in Maine is expected to create at least 60 jobs over two years.
Sappi will not appeal ruling on dam
Associated Press - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Sappi Fine Paper North America said the company will not appeal a decision by the state ordering Sappi to install a fish passage at its Cumberland Mills Dam. Alewives, shad, salmon, and sturgeon could migrate upriver from the ocean to Sebago Lake, if Sappi installs fishways at six hyrdoelectric dams it operates on the Presumpscot River.
GrowSmart gets new director, moving to Portland
Mainebiz - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

GrowSmart Maine, the Yarmouth nonprofit that earlier this month lost its president amid a funding crisis, has appointed new leadership and announced plans to move to Portland. The organization has appointed Maggie Drummond, GrowSmart's former advocacy director, as interim director.
Ten years after dam removal: 'We stand in awe at power of nature'
Capital Weekly - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

About 100 people gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate one of the nation’s most successful river restoration projects. They were observing the 10th anniversary of the removal of Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River and the opening up of 17 miles of the river from Augusta to Waterville to free-flowing status for the first time in 160 years. By all accounts, the result of removing the dam has been to bring the river back to life.
Running logs down Kennebec returns for a day
Capital Weekly - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

All the recent rain created more work for the Augusta Public Works Department as employees were out Tuesday, July 30, rescuing the city's East Side docks from being washed down river and pushing threatening waterlogged tree trunks from smashing into the wharf on the river's west side.
Recovery Act to help fund Penobscot sea-run fish restoration
Capital Weekly - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that it will invest $6.1 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help rebuild sea-run fisheries of the Penobscot River.
Maine Legislature Sends LMF to the Voters
Other - Monday, June 29, 2009 

One of the last pieces of business for the 124th Maine Legislature was the bond package. The Legislature agreed to a $150 million package, including a $10 million conservation ballot question. Specifically, $6.5 million is earmarked for the Land for Maine's Future program, $2 million for the Working Waterfront program, $1 million for farmland protection and $.5 million for state park infrastructure. This piece of the overall bond package will be decided by the voters in November of 2010.
Earning Green: Mainebiz takes a look at green business
Mainebiz - Monday, June 29, 2009 

Four businesses discuss the two major reasons to go green: conscience and cost, in Shades of green. A demand-response energy program gives cash incentives for businesses willing to flip off the switch, in Power broker. How federal stimulus and carbon-credit funds are fueling energy-saving programs, in Efficiency Maine, the granddad of green. A handful of Maine businesses join the ranks of the emerging B Corporation sector, in The real deal in assessing green. GraffamSolution's Merritt Carey shares ways to avoid being a greenwasher, in How to market yourself as green and mean it.

Letter: River access is available
Sun Journal - Monday, June 29, 2009 

The Androscoggin River Watershed Council is developing The Androscoggin River Trail, a water trail, from Lake Umbagog in New Hampshire to Merrymeeting Bay. There are more than 40 public access sites along the river.
Embracing the unspoiled
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 29, 2009 

What was once an unbroken canopy of trees is now punctuated by cleared lots and the shingled roofs of Cape Cods and split-levels. In this checkered sea, the Clark farm stands like an island – more than 550 acres of unspoiled fields and forests. The Windham Town Council is expected to schedule a public hearing on borrowing $1 million to help conserve the Clark property for farming, timber and recreation.
Powerboat culture gave rise to new Bangor club
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 29, 2009 

Bangoreans already had a canoe club, a bicycle club and a horse club a century ago. The rise of the gasoline-powered motorboat gave them yet another reason to found a club devoted to locomotion. The Bangor Yacht Club held its first meeting in the fall of 1908. By June, members had opened a new clubhouse on the banks of the Penobscot River.
Sunspots and the weather
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 29, 2009 

It has been rumored lately that the cause of the cloudy, misty, cranky weather this month is a lack of sunspots. From 1645 to 1715 almost no sunspots were seen. This quiet period corresponded roughly to the Little Ice Age, when Earth’s average temperature dropped about 1 degree.
Letter: Coyote not culprit
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 29, 2009 

The supposed coyote “facts” in a recent letter to the editor are not supported by any peer-reviewed science.
Editorial: Water over the dam
Capital Weekly - Monday, June 29, 2009 

Next week, environmentalists and leaders will gather on the banks of the Kennebec to mark the 10th anniversary of the removal of the Edwards Dam, the very dam that in the 1800s was a necessity for area mills and commerce. In the late 1990s, though, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled the value to the public of the free-flowing river was greater than that of the dam. And thus it was removed.
MDIF&W: S.D Warren must provide fish passage at dam
Capital Weekly - Monday, June 29, 2009 

In the first decision in more than a century under a Maine statute that requires dam owners to provide for fish passage, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife ruled the S.D Warren Company must construct and maintain fish passage at its Cumberland Mills Dam on the Presumpscot River.
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