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Drinking water education, May 7
Event - Posted - Monday, April 30, 2018 

Matt Demers, superintendent of the Dover & Foxcroft Water District, and Tom Demaso of Norlens Water LLC, a water filtration company, will talk about drinking water. At Morton Avenue Municipal Building, Dover-Foxcroft, May 7, 6:30 pm.
Relationship Between Nature and Humans, May 7
Event - Posted - Monday, April 30, 2018 

Speaker: Laura Sewall Director of Bates Morse Mountain Research Facility. At USM Lewiston-Auburn College, Lewiston, May 7, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Stanton Bird Club.
Working Waterfront photo exhibit, thru Jun 29
Announcement - Monday, April 30, 2018 

Black & white photographs by David Wade of Maine's working waterfronts are on display at Merrill Library, Yarmouth, through June 29.
Maine’s clean water needs your help
Action Alert - Saturday, April 28, 2018 

Maine’s wastewater infrastructure is crumbling. There is a $1 billion backlog of known wastewater upgrades needed statewide. Contact your legislators today to urge their support for these important clean water bond bills (LD 1510 and LD 178). ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Birding at Valentine Farm Conservation Center, May 5 & 19
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 28, 2018 

James Reddish will lead bird walks at Valentine Farm Conservation Center, Bethel, May 5 and 19, 8 am. sponsored by Mahoosuc Land Trust.
Environmental Justice conference, May 5
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 28, 2018 

The University of Maine School of Social Work is hosting a conference on environmental justice and social work. At UMaine, Orono, May 5, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Bird’s Eye View, May 5
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 28, 2018 

Fun hands-on activities to learn about birds (nests, pecking for food, and more) for 6 to 12-year-olds. At Auburn Public Library, May 5, 11 am. Sponsored by Stanton Bird Club.
Bird’s Eye View, May 5
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 28, 2018 

Fun hands-on activities to learn about birds (nests, pecking for food, and more) for 6 to 12-year-olds. At Auburn Public Library, May 5, 11 am. Sponsored by Stanton Bird Club.
Permaculture Food Forest Design Intensive, May 4-6
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 28, 2018 

A permaculture design workshop taught by Jesse Watson of Midcoast Permaculture and hosted by Maine Farmland Trust. At Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, Rolling Acres Farm, Jefferson, May 4-6, $335, MFT members 10% discount.
Acadia National Park’s Draft Transportation Plan
Announcement - Friday, April 27, 2018 

Acadia National Park’s Draft Transportation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement is available for public comment April 27 - June 26.
Consumer Electric Vehicle Guide
Publication - Friday, April 27, 2018 

New-car buyers can choose from about 40 models, ranging from crossovers and minivans to hatchbacks and sedans. The Electric Power Research Institute has published "a non-biased view of the US EV market, vehicle impact on utility costs and more" in a free 16-page guide.
Geocaching at Select Maine Parks & Historic Sites
Announcement - Friday, April 27, 2018 

Discover 8 geocaches as you explore Maine’s spectacular State Parks and Historic Sites.
Stanton Bird Club Field Trips
Event - Posted - Friday, April 27, 2018 

See the schedule of field trips sponsored by the Stanton Bird Club of Lewiston.
Lake Lover's Raffle
Announcement - Thursday, April 26, 2018 

Many prizes including a North Woods Dream Package. Benefits Maine Lakes Society.
Endangered Species are under attack
Action Alert - Thursday, April 26, 2018 

Urge your legislators to oppose dangerous riders in the federal Farm Bill that undermine Endangered Species Act protections. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
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A large lake trout stole this teen’s ice fishing trap; hours later, he got them both back
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

When Cob van de Sande headed out onto East Grand Lake with family and friends during February vacation, “It was like negative-4 with the wind blowing 20 [mph],” the 14-year-old from Amherst explained. He lowered a bait sucker down the hole and had an instant bite. “I felt it slide down the hole. Gone. The entire trap. With 90 feet of line out.” Seven hours later, on another trap, the lake trout was still attached to the other end of van de Sande’s line, and after several tense minutes, he hauled the fish to the surface. It was a 30-inch togue that weighed 9 1/2 pounds.

Lobster Harvesters Challenge Maine's Aquaculture Permitting Rules
Maine Public - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Maine has had a small but growing aquaculture industry, but a proposal by the Mere Point Oyster Company to build a 40-acre oyster farm in Maquoit Bay in Brunswick has angered many local lobster harvesters. They’ve submitted a petition that would require the state to review its aquaculture permitting rules. A group of lobster harvesters joined members of the citizens’ group Save Maquoit Bay at the state house to deliver the signatures.
Full State Quarantine Proposed for Gypsy Moth
Maine Government News - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is proposing a full state quarantine for Gypsy Moth. This proposed rule establishes a state quarantine against the gypsy moth to prevent its movement from all parts of the State to protect Maine's and other state’s forest and landscape tree resources. Written comments will be accepted through April 26.
California judge dismisses return policy lawsuit against LL Bean
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

A district court judge in California on March 14 dismissed the third of four lawsuits filed against outerwear retailer L.L. Bean after it changed its lifetime return policy in February 2018. All four lawsuits, in California, Massachusetts, Illinois and New York, sought class-action status, with the plaintiffs asking for damages allegedly suffered when L.L. Bean put a time limit on returns.
Pollution Is Personal At A New Abbe Museum Exhibit
Maine Public - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

The rapidly changing climate in Maine and New England is affecting lives – those of the people who depend on the region’s waters, as well as the species that live there. At the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, a new exhibit explores the connection between the First People and the northern waters, and how that relationship is evolving in reaction to climate change and pollution.
Maine Has Lowest Screening Rates For Lead Poisoning In New England
Maine Public - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Maine's screening rates for childhood lead poisoning are the lowest in New England, according to a report released today by the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition. Director Greg Payne says that's a problem because Maine's has some of the oldest housing stock in the nation, and kids are typically exposed through old lead-based paint. Nearly 1800 children in Maine were poisoned by lead in the past five years, according to the report. But the report estimates more than 800 of those children were not diagnosed.
Pollution Is Personal At A New Abbe Museum Exhibit
Maine Public - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

The rapidly changing climate in Maine and New England is affecting lives – those of the people who depend on the region’s waters, as well as the species that live there. At the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, a new exhibit explores the connection between the First People and the northern waters, and how that relationship is evolving in reaction to climate change and pollution.
Trump's EPA Head Said Climate Change Is Not a Top Threat Because It's '50 to 75 Years Out'
Associated Press - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator, Andrew Wheeler, told CBS News in an interview airing Wednesday that climate change is “an important issue,” but most of the threats it poses are “50 to 75 years out” and it’s “unreasonable” for the 2020 Democratic candidates to focus so much on it. The United Nations says “now is the defining moment to do something about” global warming.
Local food sovereignty debate spurs discussion of Amish influence in town
Lincoln County News - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

After nearly a half-hour of debate, Whitefield voters passed a local food sovereignty ordinance at town meeting Saturday. A food sovereignty ordinance allows any person to sell food or food products at the site of production to a willing consumer face to face, without licensing. Meat and poultry continue to fall under federal and state standards.
Iconic Maine amusement park is for sale for $14.2 million
York County Coast Star - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

York’s Wild Kingdom, the iconic wildlife and amusement park in York Beach, is for sale for $14.2 million, although the owner said he’s not in any particular rush to sell and said the park will open for “business as usual” on Memorial Day weekend. Just this past week, the town sent out a request for quotations seeking an economic development consultant to work on the town’s Green Enterprise Zone — a 300-acre area that stretches from the town-owned land surrounding Short Sands Road, the new connector road to the beach, to almost Cape Neddick Road. York’s Wild Kingdom property is included in this zone.
Limestone ratepayers already seeing savings from switch to solar, official says
The County - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Limestone is continuing to see savings as it adopts more progressive energy alternatives. Town officials currently are considering switching to LED street lights, and last year, contractors broke ground on a 1,728 panel solar array capable of producing 596 kilowatts of power, offsetting 86 percent of the Limestone Water and Sewer District’s electricity costs.
Federal judge casts doubt on Trump’s drilling plans across the U.S. because they ignore climate change
Washington Post - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

The decision by U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Rudolph Contreras marks the first time the Trump administration has been held to account for the climate impact of its energy-dominance agenda and could have sweeping implications for the president’s plan to boost fossil fuel production across the country.
Maine doesn’t test enough kids for lead even when federal law requires it, report says
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Despite a recent push to identify kids with lead poisoning, hundreds of Maine children are likely still exposed to its harmful effects because of the state’s low, inconsistent rates of screening toddlers during their annual doctor’s check-up, according to a new report. In states with older housing stock where lead paint is prevalent, like Maine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that 1- and 2-year-olds get their blood tested for lead during their annual doctor’s visit. But in 2017, only about 55 percent of 1-year-old children and 30 percent of 2-year-olds were screened for lead in Maine, which is the only New England state that does not require doctors to perform the test, according to research released Wednesday by the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition.
Collins Among Senators Defending Mercury Emissions Standards
Associated Press - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

A bipartisan group of senators including Maine's Republican Sen. Susan Collins are calling on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials to withdraw a proposal that could change the rules about mercury emissions. Collins and five colleagues sent a letter to EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler about the request. The senators' letter concerns the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, also called "the Mercury Rule." The rule was finalized about seven years ago to cut back on emissions of mercury and air pollutants from power plants.
Of Deer and More Important Things
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Thursday afternoon was my last opportunity to hunt deer in 2012. Suddenly, there they were. Four deer, about 30 yards beyond the turkeys, sprinting away from me up the ridge. With about 5 minutes of shooting time left that afternoon, they sprinted across the field, passed right in front of me, and then stopped just before entering the woods, to turn and look at me. I had the biggest doe in my scope, but didn’t shoot. Then their white tails waved goodbye to me and the season they’d kicked off for me weeks earlier. I turned and trudged down the hill, got in my vehicle, drove to church to attend a memorial service for a friend, changed into my suit, and took a seat in a pew, turning my thoughts to more important things than deer hunting.
Bangor breaks ground on decade-long effort to keep raw sewage out of Penobscot River
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Bangor officials hope that a yearslong set of construction projects now starting along the city’s waterfront will cut the amount of raw sewage that flows into the Penobscot River during periods of heavy rain and snowmelt. For the rest of spring, S.E. MacMillan Co. will be replacing pipes and a piece of equipment known as a sewage regulator to improve the system’s capacity for directing sewage from there to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. It’s just one part of a much larger set of changes that Bangor plans to make over the next decade to follow a 2015 consent decree with the EPA, which requires the city to make an estimated $62.9 million worth of infrastructure changes by 2031.
Editorial: Fewer cars, cleaner air should be goal for Maine transit
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

It is critical for the health and well-being of Mainers that increase in public transit continue and even quicken, and that investment goes directly where it will help the most people use it. The roads around southern Maine simply cannot handle the sprawl that has grown in the Portland suburbs – and which is quickly spreading north, west and south. All the cars on the road represent Maine’s chief contribution to climate change. By prioritizing electric cars and buses – and by implementing a vehicle emissions cap-and-trade plan based on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – Maine can raise $1 billion in new wages, create 8,700 long-term jobs and reduce emissions by 45 percent.
Letter: CMP trying to buy local support
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

As a small-business owner in Western Maine relying on outdoor recreation tourism, I have major concerns with the Central Maine Power corridor, which would blaze through Maine’s wilderness. It will have a negative impact on regional tourism, quality of life and wildlife habitat. My businesses abuts the CMP corridor. CMP paid money to establish a nonprofit organization called Western Mountains & Rivers Corps. CMP donated $250,000 to WM&RC to pay for legal counsel to support WM&RC as an intervening party at the state permit proceedings. CMP bought an intervenor attempting to appear as a supportive grassroots organization. Additionally, Peter Mills, brother of our governor, is a WM&RC board member. This helps us connect the dots that CMP has been carefully planning to use buyouts and bribery since 2017. ~ Cliff Stevens, Moxie Outdoor Adventures/Lake Moxie Camps, The Forks
Letter: This is God’s country
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

CMP wants to spend almost $1 billion on a 145-mile electrical corridor across three western Maine Counties. Gov. Janet Mills claims this will “bring substantial and concrete long-term benefits to the people of Maine.” The estimated cost savings per household will be only a couple of cents. The $258M benefits package is nothing more than payola. A buy-out of our state. Some groups have sold out for recreational access promised by CMP on their lines. The counties apparently want broadband upgrades, and property taxes income. Others believe the promise that greenhouse gases will be decreased. There is little evidence to indicate any benefits for green energy in Maine. As the Kokadjo sign states, “This is God’s country.” ~ Diane Vernesoni, Wiscasset
Horseshoe Crabs Endangered by Biomedical Bloodletting
Other - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

HowStuffWorks - When you look at a horseshoe crab, you're looking a half billion years into the past. You're also looking at a creature whose value approaches a half billion dollars a year to the biomedical and commercial fishing industries. The blood of horseshoe crabs is extremely important to science – it's capable of detecting a certain type of bacteria in humans, thereby saving lives. Of the four species of horseshoe crabs around today, one is found along North America's eastern coast from Maine to Mexico. Dr. John Tanacredi, director of the Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Oceans Monitoring, boils down next steps needed: Three things have to happen immediately and consistently. One, stop all collection for bait. Two, get FDA approval of the synthetic clotting agent called Limulus amoebocyte lysate. And three, protect crab breeding sites.
Waterville’s Castonguay Square redesign concept to include walkways, gardens, plaza, green space
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Castonguay Square in downtown Waterville would look a lot different than it does now if a concept developed by architects with input from more than 150 residents, city officials, arts advocates and others becomes reality. It would be billed as an exciting space that celebrates the city’s history and culture, includes “serene green” space, supports local businesses and is family-friendly. At the center of the square, a peaceful green space for hosting larger events would be in place. It would be surrounded by lush gardens, a nature-inspired play area and the city’s historic elm tree.
Jury finds Roundup weed killer major factor in man’s cancer
Associated Press - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man’s cancer, a jury determined Tuesday in the first phase of a trial that attorneys said could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits. The unanimous verdict by the six-person jury in federal court in San Francisco came in a lawsuit filed against Roundup’s manufacturer, agribusiness giant Monsanto.
Jackman to vote on town park plans, $1.16 million budget at annual Town Meeting
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Jackman voters will decide on a $1.16 million budget, plans for a town park and a proposal to introduce building permits. Additionally, residents will be asked to approve $56,920 of grant funds to use on trails, with an extra $18,480 to be used specifically for trail grooming. The selectmen and Budget Committee members recommended $3,000 for hazardous waste collection, which the town did not put any money toward last year. In their recommendation for economic development funds, they suggested doubling last year’s $5,000 to $10,000.
Franklin County Commissioners Rescind Support For CMP Transmission Line
Maine Public - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Another group of elected officials is rescinding support for Central Maine Power's proposed 141-mile transmission line through western Maine. When CMP first was developing its billion-dollar plan to bring electricity from Canada's dam system into the New England grid, it quietly collected endorsements from dozens of potential host communities. But in some communities, as local citizens became more aware of the project's scope, they started urging their local politicians to oppose it. Now the Franklin County Commissioners are rescinding their initial letter of support.
State Urged To Prevent Exposure To Harmful Chemicals Found In Sewage Sludge
Maine Public - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Two weeks after Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order to study the prevalence of a family of chemicals that pose potential public health risks, environment and health advocates are urging her to do more. They staged their call to action Tuesday at a dairy farm in Arundel, where contamination from the chemicals known as PFAS was discovered two years ago.
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