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Announcement - Wednesday, May 06, 2015 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news stories and events. I have posted links to more than 35,000 news articles and announcements. I 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 my attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. Will Sugg is the website developer. ~ Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE: The North Woods
Lethal Seas, May 13
Announcement - Wednesday, May 06, 2015 

NOVA: A deadly recipe threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth's oceans. With carbon emissions sharply rising, carbon dioxide is entering the seas at a staggering rate raising the oceans' acidity. As a result, the skeletons and shells of marine creatures that form the foundation of the web of life are dissolving. Can experts crack the code of a rapidly changing ocean - before it's too late? Maine Public TV, May 13, 9 pm.
Unseen but Everywhere: Plankton & Particles, May 13
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 06, 2015 

Harry Nelson and Heather Anne Wright of Fluid Imaging Technologies in Scarborough will present the results of a survey to measure the size and shape of microscopic life in Merrymeeting Bay water samples. At Bowdoinham Town Office, May 13, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Army Corps proposes to replace Maine general permit for activities in U.S. waters
Action Alert - Wednesday, May 06, 2015 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to replace and revise the statewide Maine General Permit, which provides an expedited review process for activities in waters of the U.S. in the state of Maine that have minimal adverse effects on the aquatic environment. The existing General Permit will expire on Oct. 12, 2015. Deadline for comments is June 1.
Wildlife Road Watch
Announcement - Wednesday, May 06, 2015 

The Maine Audubon Wildlife Road Watch is a web-based map and database designed to record your observations of road-side and road-killed wildlife. Information about where wildlife attempt to cross roads, what animals are involved, on what kinds of roads are collisions frequent, and other data can help inform policy, management, and financial investment in reducing road-kill and habitat fragmentation.
President Obama must release full text of TPP
Action Alert - Monday, May 04, 2015 

The campaign to pressure the Obama Administration to immediately make all secret trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) just got a boost. President Obama is lashing out at activists and our elected representatives who have called for transparency around secret negotiations, calling us “dishonest.” In response, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown added their voices to Senator Bernie Sanders’ call for the Obama Administration to immediately release the full text of the TPP. ~ CREDO Action
Nequasset Fish Count
Announcement - Monday, May 04, 2015 

Alewives are anadromous fish that spend the majority of their lives at sea but return to freshwater to spawn. They have been an important cultural and economic component of Maine for centuries. Because of continued careful stewardship, Nequasset is considered one of the top alewife runs in the state. Volunteer to count at new fish ladder is on the Nequasset alewife run in Woolwich. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Invasive Upland Plant Identification and Control, May 12
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

This training will help participants identify common upland invasive plants common to Maine’s forests, and discuss mechanical and chemical control strategies. At USDA Service Center, Farmington, May 12, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Registration Fee.
Protect Maine from mining pollution; reject LD 750
Action Alert - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

Weak mining rules are back. The Maine Legilature's Environment and Natural Resources Committee has worked for the last month on a bill to require changes to last year’s mining rules, but the recommended changes are still not protective. The ENR Committee has placed these into LD 750. Public hearing May 11, 9 am, Cross Office Building, Room 216, Augusta. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
A History of Nature and Landscape Photography in Maine, May 12
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

Illustrated presentation by Jym St. Pierre at River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, May 12, 7 pm.
Women and Our Woods Woodcock Workshop, May 12
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

The American Woodcock is a Maine bird whose population has seen long-term declines in the eastern U.S. This evening workshop starts with a potluck discussion of your woodland management questions. Then as sunset approaches, walk to an excellent spot for observing the amazing courtship display of this special bird. Open to women woodland owners and bird enthusiasts alike. At Talmadge, May 12, 6:30-9 pm.
Why Do We Need Carnivores Anyway? May 12
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

Conservation biologist Geri Vistein presents "Cougars, Coyotes, Bears and Wolves! So, why do we need large carnivores anyway?" At Curtis Library, Brunswick, May 12, 7 pm.
Aroostook Birders Outing, May 9
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

At Nordic Heritage Center, Presque Isle, May 9, 7:30-9:30 am.
ANWR Vernal Pool Workshop, May 9
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

A short hike to view salamanders, frogs and their egg masses, and discuss the importance of vernal pools in northern Maine. At Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, Limestone, May 9, 10 am - 12 noon.
Water Bodies, May 8
Event - Posted - Friday, May 01, 2015 

Hosted by Spindleworks, Water Bodies is meant to draw attention to our living planet both to celebrate, and to raise awareness of the diversity of species, all of which are affected by our actions and inactions. The exhibit will feature work by artists from around the state and region who have submitted artwork inspired by and focusing on bodies of water, or the bodies that dwell in our waters. Opening reception at Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, May 8, 5 pm.
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Striper fishermen to get new bag limit
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 03, 2015 

The Maine Department of Marine Resources will announce Thursday a more restrictive striped bass bag limit to help the struggling population. And some Maine guides are so supportive of tougher regulations they plan to take the new law a step further to help the species. “I’m going to be more conservative. If they do change it to 28 inches and above, I’ll implement a boat limit, and our boat is not going to harvest a fish over 36 inches. Those are the breeding fish,” said Capt. Carle Hildreth of South Portland.
Volunteers keep Scarborough Marsh nature walk on solid ground
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 03, 2015 

Each year more than 10,000 visitors pass through the Scarborough Marsh nature center. Volunteers lead tours on land and on the Dunstan River, rent out canoes, teach visitors about the center’s taxidermy mounts, and even repair the building. The 3,100-acre marsh is home to shorebirds, raptors and ducks. The estuary is managed by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and includes a bike path that spans its width. Maine Audubon runs the nature center, which opened in 1972. Every year from May to September, volunteers work more than 80 hours a week.
Column: Electronic bicycles are on the way
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 03, 2015 

This month, the bicycle season picks up in earnest , so now is the time for interested newcomers to purchase a bike for a rapidly growing Maine sport. For some folks, an electric bicycle fits the bill for calorie burning and transportation for short to longer distances. Further, e-bike pedalers can rely on electric power to lessen the workload on hills, so they need not make a major commitment to toning legs for killer climbs. ~ Ken Allen
Column: Though late in arriving, grackles now abound
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 03, 2015 

Have you seen male common grackles walking or standing with their bills pointed up to the sky? This threat display is one of my favorite sights in the spring. I had to wait this year; the arrival of common grackles was late but they are now abundant everywhere. With a sleek, glossy blackish plumage and yellow eyes, the adult common grackle is a striking bird. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Paddling options abound on Mt. Desert Island
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 03, 2015 

Mention Mt. Desert Island to most people and they’ll gush about the rocky shoreline, beautiful harbors, tidal pools, miles and miles of hiking and biking trails, welcoming communities with shopping and dining opportunities, and the view from auto-accessible Cadillac Mountain. On an island that’s only about 15 miles from north to south and 12 miles from east to west, there’s enough natural beauty and outdoor challenges to satisfy any explorer or vacationer for days and days. I’ve become a great enthusiast for the paddling options on the island’s freshwater lakes, especially during the spring and fall. ~ John Christie
Column: Extending the range for turkeys
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 03, 2015 

There are few certainties in turkey hunting, but among them are you can’t kill a turkey sitting in camp, and sooner or later you’re going to miss. The remedy for the first is fairly simple: get out in the woods. To possibly prevent the second, we need to look at why we occasionally miss. ~ Bob Humphrey
Opinion: Agree to Disagree: Smart or not smart?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 03, 2015 

Phil Harriman (R): Republican Sen. Roger Katz sponsored a bill to force Gov. Paul LePage to release the Land For Maine’s Future bonds, then hosted a news conference to hype his bill. Smart or not smart? Ethan Strimling (D): Smart! He’s right on the policy, and he’s right to stand up against partisan orthodoxy. While he may never again be elected to Republican leadership, when your party does something you disagree with, you should speak up. Phil: What is smart is how the governor is using his office to leverage what he sees as best for Maine people. Every governor before him did the same for what they believed in (see Gov. Angus King and laptops). Ethan: Perhaps. But this governor has taken the meaning “held hostage” to a whole new level.
Opinion: Agree to Disagree: Smart or not smart?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 03, 2015 

Emily Cain and Bruce Poliquin have remained silent on their involvement in the Cate Street deal that cost Maine taxpayers $16 million, and left Millinocket with no jobs. Smart or not smart? Phil Harriman (R): Smart, especially for Cain, who co-sponsored the bill that allowed this to happen, which is now turning into an embarrassment and a costly mistake. Regretfully, Cate Street demonstrates the ruthlessness of talented lawyers and selfish investors who were aided and abetted by legislators who voted for something they didn’t understand. Ethan Strimling (D): Not smart! Both of them need to explain their actions to try and put this behind them. Assuming Cain has a primary, a competing Democrat will use her sponsorship of the bill against her. And for Poliquin, he is culpable because, as treasurer, he voted for the actual deal that wasted taxpayer’s money.
Opinion: Proposed use of revenue from Maine’s managed lands raises concerns
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 03, 2015 

In the early 1970s, Maine’s long-neglected Public Reserved Lands became a heated public issue. After extended hearings by a Joint Select Committee, a Republican Legislature took these lands from the hands of the Maine Forest Service and entrusted them to a new bureau within the Department of Conservation, to be managed under the principles of sustained multiple use for the benefit of all Maine people. Today, after a surprise move by the LePage administration, the controversy is back on the front pages. These are trust lands held in perpetuity by the state for the benefit of all Maine people. Trust purposes include resource conservation (including plants and wildlife), public recreation and the supply of materials for Maine’s economy. Any revenue also must be used for trust purposes. Land management is an important and complex topic, and the questions it raises merit careful study by a legislative committee. ~ Lloyd C. Irland and Richard Barringer
Opinion: On Arctic issues, Gov. LePage and Sen. King take the lead
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 03, 2015 

That melting of the Arctic is the unfortunate consequence of global climate change. But the transforming Arctic represents an unmistakable opportunity for Maine and the nation. Maine enjoys significant political leadership. Gov. LePage was instrumental in recruiting Eimskip, Iceland’s oldest shipping company, to move its East Coast operations from Virginia to Portland. The governor also supported the expansion of Portland’s container terminal, the addition of direct rail access and is pursuing a cold storage warehouse to further expand commercial shipping opportunities. These moves – along with the development of all of Maine’s deep water ports – are essential if the state is going to position itself as the go-to U.S. East Coast port of entry for the emerging northern sea route. For his part, Sen. King has forged a partnership with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to form the Arctic Caucus and is pushing to advance the country’s strategic interests in the region. ~Michael Cuzzi
Opinion: Attempt to put positive spin 
on mill debacle falls short
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 03, 2015 

Whit Richardson’s masterful dissection of the fleecing that Maine taxpayers took from the shady Louisiana financiers and their cronies at Cate Street Capital left a lot of folks in Augusta with egg on their faces. Naturally, someone had to step up and try to put a positive spin on this debacle. George Gervais, State development chief, gave it a try in his April 30 column. Gervais states that "over $40 million…went toward many expenses falling in the category of operating capital." None of the money is unaccounted for, and none of it went into the mill. Over a thousand local creditors (including the towns of Millinocket and East Millinocket) were left holding the bag to the tune of $50 million. ~ Phil Coupe Sr., Scarborough
Letter: Greenhouse gases also threaten shellfish beds
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 03, 2015 

Between 1750 and 2014, human carbon dioxide emissions totaled over 2,000 gigatons. If you take all that CO2, convert it into coal and put it in railroad cars, the resulting train will wrap around Earth over 4,600 times. Greenhouse gases are making our climate warmer and wetter. Every time we get a big rainstorm, in order to protect public health, the state closes growing areas to shellfish harvesting. This has a financial impact on the nearly 1,850 harvesters and growers as well as the truckers, wholesalers and distributors who deliver Maine shellfish to consumers throughout the U.S. Climate change is also affecting shellfish harvesters through acidification of coastal waters. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan would be the first-ever limit on carbon pollution in the U.S. It is an important step toward slowing down the CO2 train, and I urge Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King to support it. ~ Bill Mook, Mook Sea Farm, Walpole
Kids in Bangor Protect Endangered Pollinators
WABI-TV5 - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

Kids in Bangor got to learn about endangered species Saturday. The Bangor Public Library hosted activities in honor of the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day. Kids got to learn about the species in Maine that still need to be protected like pollinators such as the monarch butterfly. They also prepared seeds to plant at home that will eventually create a habitat for pollinators. “We have some great success stories in Maine like the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon. We’re working on some other species we have some that have a long way to go but that’s what folks are all about here today,” said Tara Thornton with the Endangered Species Coalition. Events celebrating endangered species will be going on at the Bangor Public Library all month.
Berwick Riverfront project underway
Foster's Daily Democrat - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

A group of Berwick residents has begun fundraising to create riverfront access on the banks of the Salmon Falls. Friends of the Berwick Riverfront plan to install a safe and convenient launching dock on a Rochester Street property, owned by the town, that has 100 feet of river frontage. The group has a three-year plan to build a dock and eventually a conservation building, but co-chair Nichole Fecteau said the timetable could be accelerated if funds become available sooner.
Did you know American bitterns are surprisingly strong swimmers?
Robin Follette's BDN Blog - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

American bitterns are one of my favorite birds. They blend into tall brown grass well, though not as well as they sometimes seem to think. The American bittern, a medium-sized heron, stood with its neck stretched, beak pointed to the sky. The low, somewhat nasally “oonk-a-loonk” call of the American bittern is one of the signs of spring I listen for each year. It starts after the peent of the American woodcock, and about the same time as the wood frogs and peepers. Interesting birds. I wish I saw them more often.
LD 1168 Public hearing
Maine Environmental News - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

Video recording of the April 30 public hearing on "An Act To Prohibit the Use of Eminent Domain in Certain Public-private Partnerships and To Prohibit the Use of Eminent Domain by a Private Business Entity in a Public-private Partnership."
Editorial: Needed in Augusta: Leadership, not partisan bidding
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

Gov. Paul LePage's coarseness, coupled with the absence of true leadership and good-faith governing have become too common in state houses and the U.S. Capitol. Take Rep. Kenneth Fredette, the Republican leader in the Maine House. He is all too ready to defend a governor who “bargains” in such a ridiculous fashion that he holds land conservation funding hostage until he gets increased timber harvesting on public lands. To Fredette public service is being “a team player” even when doing so is not in constituents’ best interests and even when it involves thwarting the repeatedly expressed preferences of voters. On Tuesday, Fredette attacked one of the rational voices from within his own party because it was challenging the behavior of LePage. Sen. Roger Katz is proposing legislation to limit the governor’s ability to prevent the issuance of bonds voters have already approved. The legislation wouldn’t be necessary if LePage was a good-faith partner invested in good governance, honoring the will of the voters and keeping his end of a deal. But he’s not.
Nova Scotia casting a wide net to keep ferry to Maine afloat
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

Acting on concerns the Nova Star ferry will never be able to run without a costly taxpayer subsidy, officials in Nova Scotia are asking ferry operators around the globe if they have ideas for providing a less expensive service between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and Maine. The province also is open to switching the Maine destination from Portland to Bar Harbor if it makes financial sense. Nova Scotians are upset that Maine has not helped subsidize the service. The Nova Star’s inaugural season last year cost the province’s taxpayers a lot more than expected. The government originally committed to spend $21 million (Canadian) over seven years to re-establish the service, which had been suspended in 2009. But the ferry operator, Nova Star Cruises, spent $28.5 million.
Column: LePage’s intransigence threatens key Efficiency Maine programs
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

Gov. Paul LePage and Republican House Leader Ken Fredette have proved once again that they can’t be trusted. Two years ago, LePage upended months of careful negotiations on a comprehensive energy bill. He demanded that the bill contain a provision that would torpedo energy giant Statoil’s plans for offshore wind development in Maine. LePage got his way. “I gave my word that, if that one additional provision was included, I would let this bill go into law,” LePage wrote. Now, two years later, we know exactly how much LePage’s word is worth. His appointees to the Public Utilities Commission recently seized upon an all-but-insignificant typo in that same energy bill (a missing “and”) to cut $38 million in funding for energy-efficiency programs. Everyone, even LePage’s office, agrees that this was not the intent of the legislation. Rather than support a quick fix of this typo, however, LePage and Fredette have attempted to use this manufactured crisis to increase the governor’s power. ~ Mike Tipping
Letter: Nova Star needs Maine’s help
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

Re: “Second-year outlook brightens for Portland-to-Nova Scotia ferry service” (April 29): It’s great to hear optimistic news about the upcoming season for the Nova Star, and I look forward to similar cheer from the news media on our side of the water. The government of Nova Scotia has invested an enormous amount in this service. More than once, your governor has promised to arrange some financing from his end. The promises have consistently been followed by no action and dead silence. It is long past time for him to honor his commitment. ~ John Sollows, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Letter: Don’t pay Cate Street
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

I think the state should suspend any future payments to the investors that put this scam together. This has fraud written all over it. Cate Street Capital and investors were only looking out for themselves and obviously had no interest in reviving/operating the East Millinocket mill. The torrified wood project in Millinocket, it appears, will never get off the ground either. ~ Joseph Kelley, Hampden
Letter: Stop TPP deal
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

The TPP trade deal, going through Congress right now, was negotiated in secrecy over the past seven years with the White House and corporate lobbyists, and is largely unnoticed by the public. The “moneyed interests” are in total control. From the various egregious pieces that have been leaked, the one that particularly bothers me gives special privileges and rights to foreign and domestic corporations over the public good. It gives corporations a right to sue governments for access to resources they believe would profit them but are out of their reach because of health, environmental or other laws that stand in their way. ~ Chris Stark, Winterport
Letter: Fast Track flaws
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 02, 2015 

Fast Track (also known as Trade Promotional Authority) is a procedure that delegates away Congress’ constitutional trade authority to the president. This is the same Fast Track that got us into past job-killing trade agreements and our $912 billion trade deficit. The TPP also contains “investor state dispute settlement” chapters. This allows corporations to sue nation states for laws that were democratically enacted at a town/local and state level-bypassing the democratic process. The deleterious effect of TPP on Maine’s dairy industry has already been assessed. ~ Martha Spiess, Freeport
As 2015 Fishing Season Kicks Off, a Still Uncertain Future for Cod Remains
Conservation Law Foundation - Friday, May 01, 2015 

The 2015 fishing season begins today, May 1, and stricter, but necessary, quotas on Gulf of Maine cod will take effect. Last year, scientists determined that the population of spawning cod had plummeted to historic lows (3 to 4 percent of the target level). In response, the New England Fishery Management Council voted to reduce the 2015 total allowable catch (TAC) of Gulf of Maine cod from 1,550 to 386 metric tons — a 75% reduction from the 2014 fishing year TAC. Possession of recreational-caught Gulf of Maine cod will also be entirely prohibited.
U.S., Canada strengthen standards for rail tank cars
Associated Press - Friday, May 01, 2015 

Rail tank cars used to transport crude oil and many other flammable liquids will have to be built to stronger standards to reduce the risk of a catastrophic train crash and fire, under sweeping new safety rules unveiled Friday by U.S. and Canadian transportation officials. The regulations are a long-awaited response to a series of fiery train crashes in the U.S. and Canada, including four so far this year. The most serious accident occurred in July 2013, when a runaway oil train derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, just across the border from Maine, killing 47 people and destroying most of the town’s central business district.
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