Curt Spalding, New England regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, talks about clean air and global warming in Portland.

‘The air is bad’: Mainers support new limits on power plant emissions

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 06, 2014, at 4:14 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Dr. Tony Owens stood before a federal environmental regulator Wednesday and described his most recent shift in the emergency department at Maine Medical Center. “I worked my shift in the ED yesterday and admitted three people with respiratory problems: an asthmatic, a COPD patient and a young …
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John Field inspecting a log jam during construction

A New Beginning for the Meduxnekeag

By Elaine Tremble on Aug. 06, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
Like many large rivers in Maine, the South Branch of the Meduxnekeag River in Houlton was cleared, widened and blasted for log drives and ferry barges in the 1800’s. What worked well for man, however, did not suit the abundant fish population. Rivers cleared of woody debris and rocks become …
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Nichole Price

Nichole Price joins Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 06, 2014, at 11:50 a.m.
EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine — Nichole Price, a marine ecologist who studies life on the seafloor, has been named a senior research scientist for the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay. Price is setting up a laboratory that will investigate how ongoing global changes are affecting bottom-dwelling marine organisms …
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‘Hanna Ranch’ film screening

By Rachel Taker on Aug. 06, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Colonial Theatre, 163 High St, Belfast, Maine For more information: 207-338-6575; mainefarmlandtrust.org Maine Farmland Trust is hosting the Maine premiere of Hanna Ranch: One Cowboy’s Fight for Family and Land. The film will screen at The Colonial Theatre in Belfast …
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UMaine to use $20M grant to establish sustainable aquaculture network

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 06, 2014, at 9:57 a.m.
ORONO, Maine — The National Science Foundation has awarded a $20 million grant to the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research at University of Maine to establish a Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network program in Maine. Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine will use the grant to mobilize Maine’s coastal science resources to gain …

We don’t need to choose between a strong economy or clean air

By Jonathan Rubin on Aug. 05, 2014, at 12:49 p.m.
In a bold move that will help safeguard the health and safety of our children and future generations, the Environmental Protection Agency in June released the Clean Power Plan. The plan delivers on the Obama administration’s promise to address a primary cause of climate change: greenhouse gas emissions from power …
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Families are invited to visit the farm for a morning of kid-friendly activities, food, animals, games and information about COA farms at Family Fun Day — a first-ever College of the Atlantic event that’s free and open to the public. The event, 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 7, will feature farm life at Peggy Rockefeller Farms, 125-acres of farm and conservation land the college acquired in 2010. The farm raises animals, including sheep and chickens, and crops such as onions, garlic, potatoes, and peas.

COA opens farm for Family Fun Day

By CollegeoftheAtlantic on Aug. 04, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Peggy Rockefeller Farms at College of the Atlantic, Crooked Road and Norway Drive, Bar Harbor, Maine For more information: 207-801-5625; wp.me/pj41E-3qb BAR HARBOR, MAINE — A bounce house, ice cream, and horse-drawn carriage rides will be just some of the …
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From the Port Clyde Fishermen project - Fish house detail.

Oryx Worx Studio Announces Summer Photography Events

By Antonia Small on Aug. 04, 2014, at 8:09 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Mars Hall Gallery, 621 Port Clyde Road, Port Clyde, ME For more information: 207.691.9677; antoniasmall.com PORT CLYDE – Oryx Worx Studio is pleased to …
John Barry, plant manager for Plymouth-based Soil Preparation Inc., left, watches as Ted Johnston, the company's environmental consultant, demonstrate the n-butanol odor intensity scale the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will be using to determine if an odor is a nuisance.

Maine DEP sets odor intensity scale for human waste composters

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 01, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
PLYMOUTH, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has set new odor limits for composting facilities that deal with municipal solid waste — including controversial compost manufacturer Soil Preparation Inc. The levels are much higher than what residents who live near the Plymouth plant want. “Clearly, we’re disappointed that …
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“Benefit Cruise is for the Birds”

By Zack Klyver on July 31, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Friendship V Whale Watcher, Harbor Place, 1 West Street, Bar Harbor, ME, ME For more information: 207-594-0600 Ext 5; maineseabirds.org The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Downeast Audubon and the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, are hosting an evening …

ConAgra to pay EPA $5.7 million for cleanup of former South Paris tannery

By Darren Fishell on July 30, 2014, at 6:08 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a $5.7 million settlement with ConAgra to pay for cleanup of the former A.C. Lawrence Leather Co. in South Paris, where a series of tannery sludge lagoons had been covered with gravel and began leaching into the Androscoggin River in …
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Explore Maine’s Seaweeds on August 14

By Becky Kolak on July 30, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Green Point Preserve, Birch Point Road, West Bath, Maine For more information: 207-442-8400; kennebecestuary.org/summer-explorations-2 WEST BATH- The public is invited to discover Maine’s diverse seaweeds at the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s (KELT) third Summer Exploration on August 14. From 9am …
Jonathan Foley, a scientist whose work on global food systems has earned him international awards, spoke in Portland about his research into how the world will feed the 2 billion more people expected to live on the Earth by 2050.

Bangor-born researcher looks outside governments to solve looming global food crisis

By Darren Fishell on July 29, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Growing up, the stars over Dixmont inspired Jonathan Foley to pursue the career in science that has earned him international awards and made him a leading voice addressing how to feed the world’s growing population without ruining the planet in the process. Those answers aren’t in the …
Invasive European green crabs have been wreaking havoc on the shellfish industry in Maine.

Invasive green crabs creep back into Casco Bay

By Beth Brogan on July 28, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — Despite cautious optimism earlier this year that midcoast mudflats would be spared, invasive European green crabs were apparently only waiting for warmer water to scurry back into the area and begin wreaking havoc on the shellfish industry. “Since the beginning of last week, they’ve increased considerably,” said …
Teachers from across the state got a lesson about how foresters make decisions about harvesting trees from Thomas Coleman, a forester with the LandVest Timberland Division.

‘We need laborers’: Maine forest-products industry urging teachers to steer students its way

By Nell Gluckman on July 26, 2014, at 5:30 a.m.
JACKMAN, Maine — A tour bus carrying 25 teachers bounced down a dirt road into the forest on a recent July morning, close enough to Canada that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer pulled it over. He explained he’s not used to seeing this type of vehicle traveling on …
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Two to Talk on Global Sustainability Efforts

By Margot Gyorgy on July 24, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
Lucia Green-Weiskel and Meghan Burns will speak as part of Sustain Wayne’s “Hope for the Future” summer talks. The presentation will be held at the Ladd Recreation Center, 46 Gott Road in Wayne at 4pm this Sunday, July 27th. Lucia Green-Weiskel is a PhD student in political science at the …
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Friends of Taunton Bay Fundraising Dinner

By Mary Turner on July 24, 2014, at 8:34 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: Salt Box Restaurant, 1166 US Rte. 1, Hancock, ME For more information: 207-422-9050 The Salt Box Restaurant on Route 1 in Hancock will be hosting a fundraising dinner to benefit the Friends of Taunton Bay. This event will be on …
Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of Maryland-based Fiberight, speaks at the Municipal Review Committee board meeting at the Orono town office Wednesday.

Trashanol: Vendor pitches garbage-to-energy technology to board representing 187 Maine towns

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 23, 2014, at 7:56 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — While the Department of Environmental Protection considers an application from the Municipal Review Committee to open an integrated solid waste and recycling facility with a landfill in Penobscot County, the MRC board heard a presentation Wednesday from technology vendor Fiberight. Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of Maryland-based Fiberight, …
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Ranger Led Program – SERC Slueths

By pmsercinst on July 23, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Schoodic Institute's Eliot Hall courtyard, Schoodic Education and Research Center Campus, Winter Harbor, Maine For more …
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“Blue Jays: American Chestnut Tree Planters,” Presentation by Bernd Heinrich

By pmsercinst on July 23, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Schoodic Institute's Moore Auditorium , Schoodic Education and Research Center Campus, Winter Harbor, Maine For more information: 207-288-1310 Bernd Heinrich, one of America’s foremost naturalists and most popular natural history writers, will describe his intriguing new research into birds and …
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