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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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Harpswell woman asking court to legalize exotic fish species in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 30, 2012 

A Harpswell woman who has been ordered to get rid of an exotic species of fish is about to receive a permit to keep them under certain restrictions, but she says she is taking the issue to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in an effort to have the restrictions lifted. Georgette Curran of Harpswell breeds numerous varieties of freshwater fish, which she sells to animal retailers, and has dozens of other pets. But the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says her stock of nishiki koi poses a danger to Maine’s waterways.
Pass or fail: Did the Maine Legislature make the grade?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

During the 500 days that the Legislature has been led by Republicans the environmental regulatory process has been reduced significantly — in one department by 77 percent! There has been pension reform, welfare reform, and financial gimmicks have been eliminated. Departments have begun the cultural shift to finding ways to make things work for the private sector. Maine is on the move again. ~ Philip Harriman
Blog: Meeting Donn Fendler
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Last night the kids and I had the pleasure to meet Donn Fendler at a casting call for an upcoming movie. CB is not an actor but he truly fits the character of Donn Fendler and even resembles him as a child. He is a county boy at heart (hence his cyber name), his comfort zone is in the woods. He is passionate about hunting, fishing, and survivalism. What a great experience it would be for him to reenact one of his childhood heros. ~ Kim Pouliot Couture
Government Oversight Committee to discuss landfill again, has concerns about Casella
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

After breaking into caucuses during its meeting Friday, the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee decided it needed more time to determine whether it would follow up on a request for an investigation into Casella Waste Systems Inc.’s practices and operations of the state-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town.
Downeaster Funding Survives in Federal Highway Bill
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Funding for the Downeaster rail service has survived in the final version of the federal highway bill approved today by the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, bicycle advocates in Maine say they're disappointed that the bill cuts biking and walking funds by 60 to 70 percent, despite strong support from the delegation. The bill is now headed for President Barack Obama's desk.
DIF&W encourages Down East take of largemouth bass
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Biologists with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have positively identified fish caught in Grand Falls Flowage as largemouth bass, indicating the illegal introduction of the species to the area and prompting the effort to eliminate them before they can gain a foothold in the flowage and endanger the smallmouth bass population already there. Because of that apparent illegal introduction, DIF&W is encouraging the taking of largemouth bass of all sizes from certain Down East waters by licensed anglers starting on July 1.
Former Maine official gets new state post
Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2012 

A Michigan official who served as conservation commissioner in Maine during the 1980s and `90s is coming back to the state. Ed Meadows will be deputy commissioner of operations and administration in the newly merged Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Meadows was commissioner of what was then Maine's Conservation Department from 1988 to 1995 during Gov. John McKernan's administration. He's also a former director of the Maine Bureau of Public Lands. Meadows was mostly recently a senior executive with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Ag Commissioner Appoints New Deputy Commissioner
Maine Government News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb, commissioner-designee for the new Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, announced today that he is appointing Ed Meadows as his deputy commissioner of operations and administration. Meadows, now of Holt, Mich., is a former commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation (1988-1995) and former director of the Maine Bureau of Public Lands. He most recently held senior executive positions with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, overseeing the administration of 4.9 million acres of land. In that capacity, he has undertaken restructuring of department and state government reorganization.
Eastport underwater turbine event scheduled before August deployment
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Ocean Renewable Power Co. will host a public dedication ceremony in Eastport on Tuesday, July 24, for the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project, the first commercial, grid-connected ocean energy project in the U.S. The Portland-based company has been engineering and field testing its turbine designs in waters off Eastport since 2004 and now has plans to submerge five turbines in 82 feet of water. The turbines will be linked by underwater cable to an existing onshore Bangor Hydro-Electric substation at Kendall Head, north of the Washington County community of Eastport, for on-shore distribution onto the power grid.
Leave No Trace more than picking up trash
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Upon being invited to participate in a two-day Leave No Trace trainer course in Baxter State Park, I decided it was a good time to find out what it really means. The seven LNT principles are:
• Plan ahead and prepare.
• Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
• Dispose of waste properly.
• Leave what you find.
• Minimize campfire impacts.
• Respect wildlife.
• Be considerate of other visitors.
Maine DEP Data Shows State's Coastal Beach Water Quality Best Since 2008
Maine Government News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

More than two-thirds of Maine’s 61 coastal public-access beaches had no water quality issues in 2011 that led to an advisory or closure posting, resulting in the beaches being open and safe for swimming 98.2 percent of the time.
Getting the lead out: Program shows proper methods of disposal
Sun Journal - Friday, June 29, 2012 

At one time, lead paint seemed like a dream product. Thanks to the magic of chemistry, lead paint went on rich and thick, resisted corrosion, expanded and contracted with the temperature, and fought mold and mildew. Today, lead paint's legacy looks more like a peeling, toxic mess. "It looks like a pretty good product," Peter Crockett, executive director of the Maine Labor Group on Health, said of lead paint. "But it kills people."
Letter: Sen. Collins supports clean air
Sun Journal - Friday, June 29, 2012 

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has always been a strong supporter of efforts to improve and protect our nation’s air quality and public health. A recent column that claimed otherwise is just false (June 24). Sen. Collins has introduced bipartisan legislation that would give the EPA the time the agency itself requested to properly analyze the best methods for implementing the application of the Clean Air Act to certain boilers. Her goal is to help ensure that any final rules are protective of public health and the environment while being achievable and affordable for U.S. manufacturers. Maine has lost more than a third of its manufacturing jobs during the past decade, and Sen. Collins remains committed to helping ensure that the Boiler MACT rules are crafted to protect public health without harming the forest products industry. ~ Kevin Kelley, Communications director for Sen. Susan M. Collins
Temple family teaches by doing sustainable living
Morning Sentinel - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Local living is an old idea that's come around again, according to Chris and Ashirah Knapp, who have begun offering a new kind of three-day vacation. The Knapps own the Koviashuvik Local Living School, where they live, work, teach and host, all in service of a sustainable lifestyle.
Deal reached to shutter MERC plant
Portland Press Herald - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Maine Energy Recovery Co.'s trash-to-energy plant, which has been controversial since before it opened 25 years ago, appears to be headed for the waste heap. The incinerator that has dominated Biddeford's downtown and its politics for decades will be bought by the city for $6.65 million by Nov. 15, city officials said Thursday. It will stop operating within six months of the purchase, and will be demolished six months after that.
Letter: Irrelevant demands
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

I write to express my concern about numerous and irrelevant demands for “standing” by other towns into the local application by DCP Midstream. Our town held a vote, which convincingly said let’s move on within our process. At the previous Planning Board meeting, I was disgusted by the behavior of the league of rich lawyers representing Thanks But No Tank and Islesboro. It doesn’t appear that any of these towns contacted DCP for information; instead they were misled by the fear-mongering and misrepresentation of TBNT. ~ Michelle Hanson, Stockton Springs
Is Acid Rain a Thing of the Past?
Other - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

Science Now - The story of acid rain from the 1970s is preserved in newspaper headlines, textbooks, and, it turns out, the soils of the northeastern United States. Forty years after humans first began tackling the problem, the impact of acid rain still lingers in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, according to a new study. But the research also shows the first signs of recovery.
Elderly farmers concerned over sale to Maine Farmland Trust
Maine Wire - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

In 2011, the Elwells sold their nearly 500-acre farm to Maine Farmland Trust, one of Maine’s most prominent land trusts. “Two women from the Maine Farmland Trust came right here into our kitchen,” Erma Elwell said. “They told us they had some grant money they could use to buy our farm, and they gave us one week to make the decision.” The Elwells felt trapped. And pressured. With no private buyers in sight, they started the process of selling to MFT. “It’s probably the most complicated deal we’ve ever done,” said John Piotti, executive director of MFT and a fellow Unity resident.
Response to Elderly farmers concerned over sale to Maine Farmland Trust
Maine Wire - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

It was disheartening to read such a misleading and inaccurate article. While the writer may disagree with the role and functions of land trusts in Maine, readers deserve better than a story full of gross inaccuracies and misleading information. I have worked for Maine Farmland Trust for 12 years. MFT has been very effective in assisting landowners meet their goals to preserve their land as working farmland. Contrary to what is implied in this article, MFT works ONLY with willing landowners. ~ LouAnna Perkins
Neanderthal needs help: What’s your favorite outdoor app?
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m still a Neanderthal. But now, I’m a Neanderthal toting an iPhone 4s. That makes me a Neanderthal who is pushing buttons and taking photos and trying to figure out how I can use this new tool to down me a nice, tasty woolly mammoth. My questions for you: What are the best outdoor-related apps you’ve found? What makes them so cool? Can they lead me to a woolly mammoth (or at least a tasty white-tailed deer?)
Proposed Wind Power Project Second Public Meeting A Maine DEP First
Maine Government News - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting on Thursday, July 12 to get feedback on its draft analysis regarding a proposed 14-turbine, 42-megawatt wind farm atop Passadumkeag Ridge in Grand Falls Township. While this is the second public meeting on the project, it’s the first time the department has held two public meetings on an application to the agency as part of a new internal review process established by Commissioner Aho last year that requires two public meetings be held on all proposed grid scale wind power projects in Maine.
Mercury Sickens Adirondacks [and Maine?] Loons
New York Times - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

Human hands do not have to physically touch a place to disturb it. Mercury that billows into the atmosphere from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants has settled back down thickly in the Adirondacks, causing trouble for common loon, which nest in large numbers in the park, and other wildlife. A new report, which explores how the health of Adirondack loons, and the ecosystem in which they live, is being affected by mercury, summarizes almost 10 years of field research. Seventy-five percent of the loons sampled were at either moderate or high risk from mercury in their blood. If a loon has high-risk levels of mercury in its system, it produces 40 percent fewer young. Mercury can be found naturally in ecosystems, but pollution causes there to be three to five times more than occurs naturally, and coal-fired power plants in China are exacerbating the problem.
New Direction for Maine’s Water, Land, and Wildlife
Other - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

As we mark the end of the 2012 legislative session, here at Maine Audubon we are feeling both appreciative and uneasy. Despite the strong and ongoing support of Maine Audubon members and our bipartisan alliance of environmental champions in the Legislature, we remain deeply concerned about the overall direction that some lawmakers are taking in their approach to conservation.
Federal funding for Amtrak Downeaster, Portland area METRO buses, riding on success of highway bill
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

More than $1.3 million in yearly federal funding to help operate the Portland area METRO buses could be cut off if the highway bill facing Congress this weekend doesn’t pass. The highway bill also includes crucial funding for the Amtrak Downeaster train, which connects Portland to Boston.
Belfast’s Goose River hydro dams may be sold
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

Pending approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an agreement has been reached to sell five dams on Goose River and four hydroelectric generation plants to a company based in South Portland. The city of Belfast had negotiated a purchase option for $125,000, but let it expire without taking action a month ago. Now, Clifford Ginn and Sam Spencer, doing business as Independence Hydro, have an agreement to purchase the dams and generation facilities. The five dams and four hydropower facilities have the capacity to produce 369 kilowatts of electricity. At its peak, the generators could provide the electricity needs of 250 houses.
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