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Action Alert - Saturday, July 20, 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
Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival celebrates 25 years, Jul 27-28
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 20, 2019 

More than 50 folk artists and craftsmen in the northeast and an outstanding line-up of talented musicians will gather in Grand Lake Stream for the 25th annual Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival, July 27-28, 10 am - 5 pm.
Invasive forest pests, Jul 27
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 20, 2019 

Hildy Ellis, Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, discusses forest insect invaders. At Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, July 27, 10 am – noon
Odd Alewives and Oyster Tasting Cruise, Jul 27
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 20, 2019 

At Damariscotta River Cruises, July 27, 5-7 pm.
Sustainable Forestry Walk, Jul 27
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 20, 2019 

Forester Charlie Spies and wildlife biologist Steve Pelletier will discuss striking a proper balance between competing wildlife, recreational, aesthetic and timber interests. At Crystal Spring Farm-North trailhead, Brunswick, July 27, 10 am. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Help Wanted: Communications & Research Assistant
Announcement - Thursday, July 18, 2019 

The North American Megadams Resistance Alliance is hiring a Communications & Research Assistant, based at Sierra Club Maine, to work on a campaign opposing Canadian hydropower dams and transmission corridors planned for the U.S.
Support Island Stewardship
Announcement - Thursday, July 18, 2019 

Maine Island Trail Association volunteers will make 1,400 boat landings on Trail sites this summer to provide care for these special places and assure they can remain open to explorers. Support the Float Their Boats campaign to strengthen MITA's 30-year tradition of volunteer stewardship of the Trail.
Fur, Feathers & Feet, Jul 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 17, 2019 

An introduction to birds and mammals. At Orr's Island Library, Harpswell, July 24, 10 am. Presented by Chewonki Foundation.
Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival, Jul 24-26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 17, 2019 

The festival celebrates the Wabanaki Native American people and naturalist writer Henry David Thoreau’s three journeys into the Maine Woods. At Center for Moosehead History, Greenville, July 24-26.
‘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.
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Letter: CMP corridor jobs won’t only go to Mainers
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

The 1,500 or so jobs coming from the proposed Central Maine Power corridor through the western Maine forest will not be only for Mainers. There is a cadre of Canadian power line workers who travel around to these types of projects and major electrical disruptions and take jobs away from locals. They’re essentially independent contractors that sign contracts for three to 10 times what they were making as Canadian linemen. The advertised 1,500 new Maine jobs is just not true. CMP has pimped us out to the Canadian power company for embarrassing little money. ~ Frederick Drew, West Gardiner
Letter: Insinuations about Mills, CMP are tiresome
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

I am tired of the insinuation that Gov. Janet Mills “sold out” to Central Maine Power in regards to the so-called CMP corridor. Gov. Mills and other members of her family have devoted large potions of their lives in service to Maine. I believe their love of and care for their home state is as great as anyone past or present. Accusations against any member of the Mills family in this matter are driven by either frustration, intent to defame, or more probably stupidity. The Mills family’s integrity, honesty and forthrightness are unimpeachable. ~ Alan Williams, Vienna
Letter: Coverage of CMP, immigration puts information in context
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

I have deep gratitude for the Portland Press Herald’s June 23 coverage of the Central Maine Power billing issues and the front-page June 30 immigration story, “Defying death for a better life.” Mainers knew there was something awfully fishy about CMP’s recent bills and CMP’s response (you know when you’re being told something that’s not true). Now, thanks to your careful coverage, we know more. Aren’t we lucky to live in a country with a free press? ~ Joan O’Brien, Portland
Opinion: Climate change is a health emergency
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Climate change is a health emergency, but the Trump administration is reversing course on clean power and a stable climate. Trump has finalized the rule to replace the Clean Power Plan, which was put into place in 2015. The Clean Power Plan was set to cut carbon pollution from the electric power sector by 32 percent by 2030 and, so far, we’ve been on track to meet those targets. At a time when even steeper cuts are necessary to avert the worst impacts of climate change, this new replacement plan is expected to slow the transition of the power sector’s transition to clean, renewable energy. This could cause as many as 1,400 additional deaths by 2030 due to the toxic chemicals from these plants, according to the EPA. ~ Samantha Paradis, registered nurse and mayor of Belfas
Great kids’ Maine North Woods hiking guide
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Hope Rowan really knows Maine’s north woods. And I have to thank her for writing a hiking guide to the Katahdin region for kids. The book, Ten Days in the North Woods, published by Islandport Press, includes stunning photos that will, for sure, send you to that region for an outdoor adventure. Hope focuses on three areas, Baxter State Park, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. Hope uses a fictional 13-year-old girl, Hattie, to describe 10 great hikes and other vacation experiences including camping, swimming, and nature watching. The book includes a lot of information including maps and even illustrations of some of the plants and animals you might see.
Judge rules in favor of Belfast in lawsuit over salmon farm land use changes
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

A Superior Court judge has ruled that the city of Belfast did not violate the law when officials amended the city’s land use plan in April 2018 to allow the Nordic Aquafarms project to move forward. The decision, which was handed down on Friday, may mark the end of a year-long lawsuit filed against the city by Ellie Daniels and Donna Broderick, whose Perkins Road property abuts the parcel of land where the proposed land-based salmon farm would be constructed.
Angler feedback sought as DIF&W targets several waters for new fishing rules
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is seeking public comment on a number of proposed fishing regulations that are making their way through the agency’s rulemaking process. Among those proposals: Extending the ice fishing season until the end of April on northern Maine’s “B” waters, which would negate the need for emergency season extensions like the one that was passed earlier this year; the addition of five lakes or ponds to the State Heritage Fish Waters list; the removal of three waters from the same list; and the prohibition of the use of live fish as bait on the tributaries of 19 waters already on the state Heritage Fish list.
No expanded bear hunt in Maine, but season still starts soon
Associated Press - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Efforts to expand Maine’s bear hunt this year may not have succeeded, but hunters will still be laying bait for the animals in the state’s woods soon. Hunters are allowed to start placing bait on July 27, and the hunting season starts about a month later. The season for hunting over bait lasts until Sept. 21 and is by far the most active part of the hunt, which doesn’t fully end until Nov. 30.
The local cut flower industry is growing. Research shows what challenges growers will face.
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

About 80 percent of cut flowers in the United States are imported, but the local cut flower industry in North America is growing. “I’ve seen an increase in the number of growers, especially in southern and coastal Maine,” said Matthew Wallhead, ornamental horticulture specialist at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. “It’s a result of the local food movement spilling over into the flower industry, and also the influx of people growing vegetables." The main challenge of growing in Maine is the short, cold growing season. Like with other agricultural endeavors in Maine, cut flower farms suffer from a shortage of labor.
Boston investment firm still pursuing purchase of Saddleback ski area
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

A Boston investment firm is still negotiating to buy Saddleback ski area, but says state support for $10 million in federal tax incentives it was awarded this week are unrelated to its attempt to buy the shuttered resort. Jonathan Tower, managing partner of Arctaris Impact Fund, said his firm has been trying to buy the ski hill near Rangeley for more than a year, and is close to reaching a purchase-and-sale agreement with the Berry family, Saddleback’s owners. Maine’s third-largest ski area has been closed since after the 2014-2015 season.
Opinion: Time to speak up on CMP’s billing errors, service shortcomings and proposed rate hikes
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

If you’re a CMP customer and you feel mistreated, now is the time to tell your story. Beginning next week, the Maine Public Utilities Commission will hold three public witness hearings concerning Central Maine Power. The hearings are related to two ongoing cases at the PUC: one related to CMP’s request to increase residential rates by over 10 percent, and the other in response to CMP customer complaints about unusually high bills, billing errors and poor customer service. The time is now for the PUC to act and to declare CMP unfit to hold a monopoly over Maine people. The regulated sale of CMP to almost any other company, whether for-profit or nonprofit, can only be an improvement. ~ Rep. Seth Berry, chair, Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee
Is a Green Future Worth Spoiling the Appalachian Trail?
Outside - Friday, July 12, 2019 

A proposed project, known as New England Clean Energy Connect, is a 145-mile transmission line winding down from the Canadian border through Maine’s forests, and would ferry hydroelectric energy from Canadian dams to the New England grid. It would cross the AT three times within a mile, impacting views from several overlooks. Dizzying in its details, the project raises questions like: Must we make major compromises to immediately combat climate change, or should we fight for our ideal solutions, even if they take longer?
Editorial: Trump greenwashed his environmental record
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump gave a speech about the environment, touting how he valued “clear water” and public lands. It was a speech totally divorced from reality. The Trump administration has scrapped dozens of environmental protections, pledged to remove the U.S. from a worldwide climate change agreement and tried to erase federal agency mentions of climate change. It all adds up to a distressing environmental record, despite the president’s greenwashing speech. A speech full of falsehoods and nonsensical statements does not negate any of this.
Maine regulators approve 22-turbine wind power project
Associated Press - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Maine utilities regulators have approved a long-term power contract for a 72.6-megawatt wind power project in Hancock County. The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Friday to approve the rate terms for the development by Weaver Wind LLC. Commission Chairman Philip Bartlett said the 20-year contract has a competitive rate that will benefit ratepayers. The plan calls for 22 turbines to be installed in Eastbrook and Osborn.
Hampden waste plant’s opening is delayed, again
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 12, 2019 

The new Hampden facility that was supposed to start taking in trash from 115 towns and cities in the Bangor area and beyond 15 months ago has missed another estimate for when it would be fully up and running. The company that’s developing the plant, Fiberight, most recently said that it would be fully online by July 1, after it was originally expected to open in April 2018. But the plant still has not reached full commercial operations and may not do so until the second or third week of August.
Column: Birders can find adventure seeking the secrets of marshes
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Kayaks are the ultimate stealth birding vehicle, gliding almost silently into the shallowest waters, lightly brushing aside lily pads. The marsh has secrets, and it’s pretty good at keeping them. There are cool birds hiding in the reeds, and most don’t want you to know where they are. But they have one big weakness. They talk. A lot. ~ Bob Duchesne
Neighbors gear up to fight plan for 40 homes, preserve green space in Maine’s largest city
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 12, 2019 

A developer wants to build 20 duplexes on what is now 3 acres of wooded land with a walking trail at the edge of University Park, a protected tract near Morrill’s Corner in Portland. But it is facing organized opposition from neighbors and could also rile open-space advocates in Maine’s largest city. The homes would be built on a strip of wooded, undeveloped land next to University Park, which contains 9 acres of protected woodland between Forest and Washington avenues. A popular trail, known as the Harvard Street path, skirts the park’s southern boundary and would be paved and made into a city road for the new homes.
Letter: Fight for bees
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 12, 2019 

As Mainers, we must reconcile with the simple conclusion that we are in a state of environmental crisis. Honeybees, a cornerstone of agricultural sustainability, are being threatened by toxic pesticides known as neonicotinoids. This pesticide is typically sprayed by farmers on an industrial scale. We should be terrified. The crisis that threatens Maine’s ecological balance is upon us, as we saw 53 percent hive loss in Maine from 2016 to 2017 alone. Understand this: neglecting bee population from careless use of neonicotinoids will result in dire consequences if we do not act quickly. ~ Graham Munro-Ludders, Bath
Pingree amendment would require Pentagon to prepare for climate change
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree and a fellow Democrat in the House of Representatives have successfully added an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which, if approved, will require the Secretary of Defense to take steps to ensure that U.S. military installations are prepared to deal with natural disasters caused by climate change. Pingree and Charlie Crist, D-Florida, secured the amendment that requires the Department of Defense to account for future sea level rise and flooding risks when designing new military installations or improving existing ones. The House is scheduled to vote on passage of the NDAA on Friday.
Unhappy South Portland residents to share grievances about oil tanks
Forecaster - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

Residents will meet July 18 to air concerns about how fumes from a Clark Road tank farm have affected their quality of life. Neighbors of Global Partners LP are expected to discuss everything from health concerns to financial distress and fears about environmental damage linked to Global and its emission of volatile organic compounds from heated tanks that store asphalt and residual No. 6 fuel oil. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts-based petroleum storage company’s 10-tank facility has exceeded its VOC emissions cap for several years.
Where you can pick blueberries in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

Looking for a farm in Maine that will let you pick your own blueberries? Most places open mid to late July, but a few open early in the month and some not until the first of August.
King Criticizes DOE On Natural Gas Exports
Maine Public - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

U.S. Sen. Angus King says the Department of Energy (DOE) is allowing too much natural gas to be exported without studying its impact on domestic prices. At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, King blasted the DOE for continuing to increase natural gas exports. “The number of LNG terminal applications now approaches 50 or 60 percent of the total production in this country, and you’re telling me that won’t affect domestic prices? That doesn’t pass the straight face test,” King says.
Mills comes out against ‘foolish’ right whale regulations
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

Gov. Janet Mills is directing the Maine Department of Marine Resources to come up with an alternative to a federal plan to protect the endangered right whale from the state lobster industry, saying she won’t allow “foolish” regulations to make life harder for the state’s fishermen.
Bucksport salmon farm investor fails in first attempt to buy West Coast counterpart
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

The investor behind an indoor salmon farm proposed for Bucksport has failed in its first attempt to become the majority owner of one of the world’s first land-based salmon farms, located on Canada’s West Coast. Members of the ‘Namgis First Nation, owners of the land-based Atlantic salmon farm Kuterra in British Columbia, rejected an offer from Emergent Holdings to buy an 88 percent stake in their company. But the deal, which Emergent pursued to give its Bucksport project the benefit of Kuterra’s experience, is not necessarily dead.
Hiker seriously injured at Grafton Notch State Park
Sun Journal - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

A 19-year-old woman reportedly suffered serious head injuries while hiking at Grafton Notch State Park on Thursday afternoon. State game wardens, Maine Forest Service personnel, Mahoosuc Rescue members and local firefighters hiked to the scene to make the rescue.
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