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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
And That's for Shore
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, July 31, 2010 

About 200 people began hitting the sand -- and mud -- of Kennebunk Beach about 6 p.m. Friday as part of a cleanup organized by the Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association to mark the group's 100th anniversary.
Protection of lynx falls short, court says
Associated Press - Saturday, July 31, 2010 

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is arbitrarily excluding "critical habitat" that could be occupied by the elusive Canada lynx, which were listed a decade ago as threatened. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy ruled Wednesday the agency excluded large swaths of habitat from protection when it recommended in 2009 that 39,000 square miles in Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington be designated as critical habitat.
Opinion: At whim of the wind
Other - Saturday, July 31, 2010 

Boston Herald - A hidden cost of wind power is that it requires full backup from conventional power plants for those times when the wind does not blow sufficiently or when it blows too strongly. Wind plants can be successful. However, a publicly-owned wind turbine in Saco, Maine, was built at a cost of $210,000 but generated only around $5,000 worth of power over its two years of operations before being shut down.
Letter: The BP, Acadia connection
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 30, 2010 

The U.S. Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would take a major step toward permanently protecting the nearly 1,000 acres of privately-held land inside Acadia National Park as well as other treasured places in Maine. It also would hold BP and other oil companies accountable for oil spills. Sens. Snowe and Collins should support this bill to ensure that future generations can take in the unspoiled beauty from the top of Cadillac Mountain.
Letter: Watershed management program
Sun Journal - Friday, July 30, 2010 

The new 2010 Lake Auburn watershed study details all the nice things we can do for our lake. But the annual costs in the study and current practices misrepresent the truth of the total cost to deliver water quality to the community.
Opinion: Bad decisions about shorefront property are no longer excusable
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Despite countless examples of the risks inherent in owning oceanfront property, many coastal landowners still seem surprised when nature comes to collect. This willful naivete about the real cost of owning coastal property is disappointing, and doesn't bring towns, states or the federal government any closer to finding equitable solutions to the problems driven by permanent development along dynamic shorelines.
Law firm, fish exchange reach deal
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Pierce Atwood and city officials have reached a tentative deal in which the law firm would pay the financially troubled Portland Fish Exchange an undisclosed amount of money if the city-owned auction house agrees to restrict development on two empty lots that abut the law firm's new waterfront headquarters. The restriction would protect the law firm's view of the Fore River and would allow fishermen to continue using the lots to repair their nets.
Canadian moose evade journalists
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Somewhere in the Matane Wildlife Preserve, the moose are laughing. Located about 30 miles from Matane, Quebec, the preserve purports to have one of the healthiest moose populations in the province with 3,000 spread over 500 miles. Rollout was 2:30 a.m. for the pre-pre-dawn departure to arrive at the best pond for moose just as dawn broke. Two hours and no moose. I felt bad for my fellow journalists, only one of whom had ever seen a moose before. As for me, when I got home in Maine there were three hanging out by my pond.
Forest service: Be on lookout for invasive pest
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Last year’s unusually warm winter may have kept heating bills down but did come with a price: the continued northeasterly spread of an invasive pest that could ravage Maine’s hemlock trees, according to forest service officials. Hemlock woolly adelgids have been found since May in Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties. Maine Forest Service entomologist Allison Kanoti said she expects that list to grow as summer interns continue to survey the coastline in Knox County next week.
Letter: Giving away the water
Sun Journal - Friday, July 30, 2010 

With all due respect to Nestle Corporation, I have to ask my fellow Mainers: Why are we giving our water away free to this multinational company?
Maine Towns Restrict Lawn Chemicals
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, July 30, 2010 

About two dozen Maine communities have adopted some kind of pesticide limits, including Ogunquit, Brunswick, Castine and Harpswell.
Stopping bucket biologists
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 30, 2010 

“[Maine has] 6,000 bodies of water. On any given day, 35 to 40 game wardens are on patrol,” Game Warden Maj. Gregory Sanborn said. “I don’t know how many game wardens you’d have to hire to prevent [illegal] stocking. I don’t think you could get enough.” The solution — if one exists — relies in part on education, in part on cooperation.
New report eyes beach water quality
Times Record - Friday, July 30, 2010 

According to a report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Popham Beach ranks in the middle of the pack in terms of bacteria levels at Maine beaches. See related chart at the bottom of this article. The waters at Reid State Park, the report claims, are among the cleanest in the state.
Opinion: Ants may have an edge when designing efficient systems
Morning Sentinel - Friday, July 30, 2010 

The really important political debate today is not between Democrats and Republicans, or between liberals and conservatives. It’s between the architects and the ants. The architects see the state and society as if it were a building, designed and constructed according to a rational blueprint. Each ant sees only what’s right in front of him and performs only a limited task, according to a few, simple rules given him by instinct. But when multitudes of these individually limited individuals work together, somehow a kind of order and even a sort of collective intelligence emerges spontaneously. It is time we started learning from the ants.
Researchers Hope to Stop Emerald Ash Borer before It Reaches Maine
Other - Friday, July 30, 2010 

The emerald ash borer, which is now found in New York and the province of Quebec, is threatening Maine’s ash and thousands of forest-related jobs, including Native American basketmaking. In an effort to research this potentially devastating new invasive species and minimize its impact, basketmakers, tribal members, state and federal agencies, and University of Maine researchers have joined forces.
Editorial: It’s prime time to clear the Saco skyline
Journal Tribune - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Taxpayers are now taking the brunt of the City of Saco’s decision to “go green,” as one of the city’s wind turbines stands idle in wait of repairs. Luckily, James Heath, former CEO of Entegrity Wind Systems, has expressed interest in buying the turbine back for the sum of $135,000. We say the city should take the money and run.
Obama: Maine visit a rose in a month of thorns
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

In an interview on ABC's "The View," President Barack Obama talks about the hardships of the presidency — such as the BP oil spill and the H1N1 flu scare — and the roses among the thorns — such as his recent visit to Maine. "In the last month the rose has to be a couple of days we took in Maine with Michelle, Sasha and Malia," he said. The Obamas spent a weekend in Maine exploring Acadia National Park and sampling the dining on Mount Desert Island.
Proposed Underwater Powerline Would Stretch from Searsport to Boston
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

As Congress struggles to craft some form of energy bill, the developer of a proposed underwater transmission line from Searsport to Boston is pressing the need for the New England Region to tap the full wind power potential of Northern Maine. The so-called Greenline project would include the installation of a 140 mile undersea cable carrying electricity from Maine to high demand markets to the south.
Accuracy a Casualty as Job Arguments Dominate Energy Debate on Hill
New York Times - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

As the Senate rushes toward a vote on oil spill legislation, those seeking changes in the bill are loading their arguments with a potent political word: jobs. The oil and natural gas industry warns that aggressive regulation of oil drilling could kill jobs. Democrats, renewable energy sectors and environmental groups promote the potential for "green job" creation as one of the reasons passage of climate legislation is crucial. But economists warn that the jobs arguments is flawed.
Leaders seek to 'make Maine work'
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

“Making Maine Work," a new report from the Maine Development Foundation and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, recommends promoting a terminal for importing liquefied natural gas in Washington County, negotiating contracts with Canadian electricity suppliers and developing a new portfolio of energy sources, from biofuels to wind and tidal power.
Letter: Pingree's phone meeting just early campaigning
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

Ring, ring. It's a Chellie Pingree Congressional Town Meeting, by phone! Early campaigning with the taxpayer picking up Pingree's bill. One question was from a young Portland woman: You're such a wonderful leader on green issues, how can we bring green jobs to Maine? And how do we move that wonderful climate-change legislation (Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade) you passed forward in the Senate?
Letter: State policies on water
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

The state geologist has indicated that the clean drinkable water extracted from Maine by an international company (parent of Poland Spring) is negligible. If that's the case, why was there a $10 million bond referendum in May that would come out of Maine taxpayers' pockets for the purpose of cleaning Maine waters for Mainers' use? What's wrong with this picture?
Back Cove trail link on state's back burner
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

It most likely will be 2012 before a pathway can be built allowing pedestrians to reach the Back Cove trail from the intersection of Franklin Street and Marginal Way. But the trail link that Bayside residents have been clamoring for may not happen.
Obama says Maine was highlight of past month
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

President Barack Obama says his family vacation at Acadia National Park in Maine was "the rose" in his life among the "thorns" of his presidency during the past month.
Energy, taxes, health care lead list of keys for future
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

Laurie Lachance, CEO of the Maine Development Foundation, and Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, presented "Making Maine Work" on Wednesday to state officials and business leaders in Augusta. The report outlines the Maine business community's priorities for the state's next governor and Legislature based on surveys of about 1,100 Maine businesses. Businesses believe health care and energy costs, high taxes and transportation issues are stifling economic development.
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