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Action Alert - Monday, November 12, 2018 

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). We have posted summaries and links to over 50,000 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
Hike: Hatchet Mountain Preserve, Nov 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

Scott Dickerson and Janet Readfield will lead a hike while sharing the history of the mountain with majestic views. At Hatchet Mountain Preserve, Hope, November 17, 9-11 am. Sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
Dawnland, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Screening and panel discussion of the documentary Dawnland about how Maine government systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. At USM, Portland, November 16, 5:30 pm, free but get tickets in advance.
Friends of Baxter State Park Sign Auction, thru Dec 5
Announcement - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Own a piece of Baxter State Park history: retired Park signs and other special items. Proceeds are split between Baxter State Park and Friends of Baxter State Park. Runs November 8 - December 5.
Raptors Program, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Birder and photographer Don Reimer will give a visual presentation on Maine raptors. At Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Rockland, November 15, 6:30 pm.
The Land that Sustains Us: Stories from the Field, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

A live storytelling night with 3 Maine farmers. At Maine Historical Society, November 15, 6-8:30 pm, $10 for Maine Historical Society and Maine Farmland Trust members, $15 general.
Atlantic Salmon Restoration, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Denise Buckley, US Fish and Wildlife Service senior staff biologist, will chronicle the response to the listing of Atlantic salmon in eight of Maine’s rivers as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in December 2000. At at Belfast Library, November 15, 6:30 pm.
Rethinking Strip Redevelopment to Strengthen Your Community, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Learn how towns can improve the appearance and functionality of commercial corridors to bring in new residents, employees and activity. At Topsham Library, November 15, 4-7 pm. GrowSmart Maine members $10, public $20, students $5.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument management plan meeting, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

The National Park Service is developing a management plan for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Public meeting at Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland, November 14, 6-8 pm.
Arnold’s 1775 Quebec Expedition, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Presentation by Stephen Clark of the Arnold Expedition Historical Society. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, November 14, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Our World of Animals in Photographs and Stories, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Sisters Shelley Lance-Fulk and Jacklyn Amtower will share their passion for travel and photographing wildlife around the world. At Maine State Library, November 14, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Historical Society.
Androscoggin Land Trust Annual Meeting, Nov 13
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 6, 2018 

Brian Threlkeld will present “Through the Lens of Adventure Photography: The Interconnectedness of Maine Land Conservation, Public and Economic Health.” At Hilton Garden Inn Auburn, November 13, 5 pm.
Paddling Southern Maine, Nov 13
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 6, 2018 

Sandy Moore and Kimberlee Bennett share wonderful photography and info on places to hit the water. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, November 13, 6 pm potluck, 7 pm presentation. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Northern Forest Canoe Trail online auction, thru Dec 2
Announcement - Monday, November 5, 2018 

Win paddles, tents, maps and more in the Northern Forest Canoe Trail online auction, thru December 2.
Still Time to Comment on CMP Transmission Plan
Action Alert - Monday, November 5, 2018 

The vast majority of comments are against Central Maine Power's plan to provide electricity for Massachusetts proposal for good reason. It will offer little benefit to Maine while harming the tourist economy, scar the natural landscape, and not decrease carbon emissions in the Northeast. ~ Sierra Club Maine
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Farmington to vote on $1.2 million dam removal project
Sun Journal - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Farmington residents will have the opportunity to vote Tuesday on whether to authorize the town to move ahead with a $1.2 million proposal to remove the Walton’s Mill Dam and upgrade a surrounding public park. The proposal would be funded entirely by the Atlantic Salmon Federation and includes the removal of the dam and upgrades to the neighboring Walton’s Mill Pond Park at no cost to the town.
Looking for a low-maintenance pet that’s not a fish? Consider coral UMaine student show off collection of tropical corals
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Often viewed as just a piece of the ocean scenery, corals are sedentary creatures, forming colonies of various shapes and colors. However, on closer inspection, these little invertebrate animals are quite active, snatching food with tiny tentacles and fighting one another for territory. In fact, some people consider them to be fascinating pets. “They are insanely gorgeous, the colors they produce. Everybody likes a good fish tank, but everyone likes it more when there’s corals in it,” Megan Dunnock, president of the recently formed Coral Club at the University of Maine in Orono, said.
Amtrak Adding New Runs From Boston To Freeport, Brunswick
Associated Press - Friday, November 2, 2018 

More trains from Boston are coming to the towns of Freeport and Brunswick in Maine. The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which manages Amtrak's Downeaster passenger rail service from Boston to Maine, says the new train service will begin on Nov. 12. The Downeaster currently runs five round-trips between Portland and Boston, and three of them extend to Freeport and Brunswick. Two additional round trips will service Freeport and Brunswick on weekdays, and one additional trip will be added on weekends.
Advocates: New Funds Will Help Maine Landlords Get Rid Of Lead Paint
Maine Public - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Over the past year, 322 children in Maine tested positive for lead poisoning, which can lead to serious, irreversible health problems and lower IQs. A new $4 million lead abatement program rolled out Thursday in Lewiston, and it is designed to incentivize landlords to remove lead paint from homes before a child is poisoned. "We expect that the program will make at least 200 homes across the state lead safe,” says Payne of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition. The program is the result of a bipartisan bill spearheaded by Democratic State Representative Jared Golden, who is also running for Congress.
Congratulations to these environmental champions
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Maine is blessed with many environmental leaders. The Natural Resources Council of Maine recently honored folks from Falmouth, Georgetown, Walpole, and Brunswick:
· Horace “Hoddy” Hildreth (Falmouth), Lifetime Achievement Award, for more than four decades of public service in conservation and as a business voice for the environment.
· Sandy and Ole Jaeger (Georgetown) for exemplifying an informed and highly engaged citizenry necessary for holding their elected officials accountable.
· Bill Mook (Walpole) for putting his real-life experience as a shellfish grower and business owner into advocacy work for clean water and a healthy climate.
· Robin Robinson (Brunswick), People’s Choice Award, for creating a flourishing online educational community of people who share photos and information about all aspects of Maine’s wild birds.
How Boothbay Harbor became ground zero in Maine’s fight over working waterfront
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 2, 2018 

When Maine Preservation on Wednesday released its annual list of the Most Endangered Historic Places in the state, Boothbay Harbor’s working waterfront, the site of ongoing conflict over commercial development in recent years, was included. The historic preservation group’s designation adds to the latest controversy, a polarizing rezoning proposal that would allow hotels, recreational marinas and housing in what for 30 years has been a Maritime Zone on the east side of the harbor. Only 20 miles of mainland and island shoreline remain as working waterfront of Maine's 5,300 miles of coast. That 20 miles must support the commercial fishing industry, which brought in $636 million in 2016 and supported 35,000 jobs.
Opinion: Together, we can keep moving our economy forward
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 2, 2018 

When I was growing up, our mills were thriving. There were plenty of good-paying jobs with benefits, right out of high school. Some mills and factories started closing in the late 1970s. One of the reasons was because of unfair trade deals. That’s why I fight so hard in Congress for employers like Cianbro and our paper mills in Rumford and Jay. I’m honored to serve you in Congress. ~ Rep. Bruce Poliquin
Opinion: Use your voice and your vote to protect Casco Bay this election
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Casco Bay is the heart of southern Maine but it is changing. Friends of Casco Bay has found that over the last decade, the bay has become more acidic, and, along certain shoreline areas, oxygen levels are dangerously low and water clarity is poor. These changes are the cascading effects of climate change. On Nov. 6, Question 2 will ask Maine voters to approve a $30 million bond to improve coastal water treatment plants in areas where shellfish industries are at the greatest risk. Maine also will vote in a new governor. Please consider each candidate’s stance on the environment and sustainability. ~ Lyvia Gaewsky, South Portland
Letter: Pass statewide Question 2 – it’s important to clean water and public health
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Maine people have an opportunity Nov. 6 to preserve Maine’s water quality, protect our public health, support our economy and reopen clam flats. Question 2 will provide $30 million to upgrade wastewater treatment facilities and collection systems statewide, replace failed septic systems and address untreated discharges into waterways, especially those affecting sensitive areas such as clam flats. Clean water is one of the best things about living in Maine, and we must work to maintain it. Please vote “yes” on Question 2. ~ Ryan Wingard, Falmouth
Widely misinterpreted report still shows catastrophic animal decline
National Geographic - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

The World Wildlife Fund For Nature’s Living Planet Report released this week describes a catastrophic decline in animal populations the world over. But it was widely misinterpreted, with headlines wrongly insisting that we’ve lost 60 percent of all animals over the course of 40 years. The reality is more nuanced, though still alarming. University of Maine biologist Brian McGill explains the frustration of working on a biodiversity census by comparing it to other nature-monitoring projects with extensive infrastructure, like weather prediction. “In the U.S. alone, the National Weather Service spends billions of dollars a year to make accurate weather forecasts,” he says. “We have no equivalent for biodiversity.”
Cape Elizabeth High School class learns the biology of art
Forecaster - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

Students witnessed the life cycle of a frog in a whole new way Tuesday, courtesy of a Cape Elizabeth High School art class. Art students performed the biological process using oversized puppets in two performances Oct. 30. The first show was held outdoors for Pond Cove Elementary School students and the second was for fellow high school students in the CEHS gymnasium. Art teacher Janna DeWan said she was inspired to stage the performance after seeing a show by Bread & Puppet Theater of Vermont.
Interior watchdog turns up heat on Zinke
Associated Press - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

The Interior Department’s office of inspector general referred has referred an investigation of Secretary Ryan Zinke to the Justice Department, signaling a potential escalation amid a series of inquiries into Zinke’s conduct. Zinke faces a number of probes, including one centered on a Montana land deal involving a foundation he created and Halliburton, a prominent energy services company that does significant business with Interior. Investigators also are reviewing Zinke’s redrawing of boundaries to shrink a Utah national monument.
Government agencies clash on cellphone danger risk
Associated Press - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

Two U.S. government agencies are giving conflicting interpretations of a safety study on cellphone radiation: One says it causes cancer in rats. The other says there’s no reason for people to worry. On Thursday, the National Toxicology Program dialed up its concerns about a link to heart and brain cancer from a study of male rats that was made public last winter. The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees cellphone safety, disagreed with the upgraded warning.
Hydro-Quebec faces pressure to make CMP transmission line a better deal for Maine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

Maine Public - Some supporters of Central Maine Power’s billion dollar transmission project are looking to Canada’s Hydro-Quebec to shore up prospects for a key permit in Maine. They want the Canadian utility to contribute cash to benefit Maine electricity consumers. Governor Paul LePage’s administration may be pushing Hydro-Quebec on the point, although details of the effort are murky. The 145-mile, high-voltage transmission line would bring electricity produced by Canada’s vast dam systems through western Maine to serve Massachusetts customers.
King Returns Campaign Contribution From Exxon Mobil Following Challenge At Debate
Maine Public - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

Independent Maine Senator Angus King is sending a check for $5,000 back to Exxon Mobil. The check reflects a donation by the Texas-based oil and gas corporation to King's U.S. Senate campaign this election season. King is returning the money after being challenged to do so. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, King has received more than $124,000 from energy and natural resource groups. King's biggest donors in this group are from renewable energy companies. Eric Brakey, King's Republican challenger, has been the beneficiary of an independent, out-of-state PAC that has spent more than $1 million on ads critical of King and financed primarily by a Texas billionaire.
Butterfly Preserve On The Border Threatened By Trump's Wall
National Public Radio - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

The National Butterfly Center, a 100-acre wildlife center and botanical garden in South Texas, provides a habitat for more than 100 species of butterflies. It also sits directly in the path of the Trump administration's proposed border wall, which would cut the Center in two. The federal spending bill approved in September includes $1.6 billion in 2019 for construction of the wall. In October, the Department of Homeland Security issued a waiver to 28 laws protecting public lands, wildlife and the environment to clear the way for construction to proceed. More than 2,700 scientists have called for the administration to rethink its border tactics.
Maine landlords to get $4 million for lead abatement
Sun Journal - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

Maine housing advocates announced the roll-out of a $4 million state lead-abatement program Thursday, aimed at filling gaps for landlords in need of funding to remove lead poisoning threats from buildings. The program is the product of legislation spearheaded earlier this year by Lewiston state Rep. Jared Golden, who spoke about combating the public health issue. Lewiston has long been recognized as having one of the highest rates of childhood lead poisoning in the state.
USM launches institute to enhance economic ties among Arctic countries
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

The University of Southern Maine plans to create a hub to house and enhance the diverse partnerships between Maine’s academic institutions and counterparts in Iceland and Norway. Through the Maine North Atlantic Institute, USM plans to strengthen economic, educational and cultural ties between Maine and Scandinavia, university President Glenn Cummings said Thursday. Maine needs to prepare to become a U.S. gateway for expanded trade through the Arctic and northern Atlantic oceans, the consequence of unsettling melting of the polar ice cap, Cummings said.
Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund grant improves Marine Patrol surveillance abilities
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

With a grant from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and matching funds from the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the Maine Marine Patrol has purchased binoculars that will improve officers’ ability to conduct surveillance for enforcement and search and rescue. The new 14×40 Fujinon Image Stabilization binoculars have been distributed to the Marine Patrol’s fleet of large patrol vessels throughout the state, replacing previous models that had only 7x magnification.
Waterville voters to consider limited ban on plastic bags
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

A long debate over whether to ban plastic bags at larger commercial and retail businesses in the city will end Nov. 6 as voters go to the polls to decide the issue. A yes vote, according to a ballot summary, would ban the distribution of free plastic bags at the point of departure in retail or commercial establishments with a retail or commercial space exceeding 10,000 square feet; a no vote will allow them to continue to provide free bags. Mayor Nick Isgro warned that if the referendum were successful, Sustain Mid-Maine also would target take-out containers, plastic straws and paper bags as other items to ban.
Erosion is natural, and so is erosion control
Republican Journal - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

Confronted by the relentless force of erosion, many waterfront land-owners armor the land at water's edge with stone riprap, wooden cribbing or concrete seawalls. But another approach being tested by the state in Southern Maine, and already in use on some private properties in the Midcoast, might prove better in the long run. "Living shorelines," as they are known, mimic natural processes to create a more flexible, and in many cases, more stable barrier.
Opinion: Janet Mills will carry on Maine’s tradition of environmental stewardship
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

There are real differences between Democrat Mills, Republican Shawn Moody and independent Terry Hayes — in their experience and in the policies they would advocate, particularly when it comes to the environment. And those differences will impact the lives of Mainers for decades to come. Only one candidate, Mills, has articulated a clear and compelling environmental policy agenda and has a track record of fighting for our natural resources, which are essential to our economy and our way of life. ~ Maureen Drouin, Maine Conservation Voters
Opinion: Maine needs representatives in Washington who take climate change seriously
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

Scientists have been predicting the climate crisis with striking accuracy for decades, but what are our elected leaders doing to address the threat? Not nearly enough. Many are pushing for less action. I put Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Rep. Chellie Pingree in the responsible class of lawmakers. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has been missing in action. He has questioned whether humans are responsible for climate change and supported a bill to allow an increase in methane pollution. Poliquin even recently came out against a fee on carbon emissions. As chief biologist at the Maine DEP and deputy commissioner at the Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife, I saw the cause and effects of science in action every day. Poliquin is too closely tied to the fossil fuel lobbyists whose sole purpose is to prevent the world from moving away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy and reduced climate risks.~ Matt Scott, Belgrade
LL Bean looks to Canada to boost sales
Associated Press - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

U.S. retailer L.L. Bean is looking to sell more parkas, sweaters, flannel and mittens in Canada as part of its strategy for a return to sales growth. The 106-year-old retailer’s iconic boot and other products will be sold in 30 stores in Canada this holiday season, and in L.L. Bean-branded stores opening over the next decade.
Mainers not the only ones opposed to CMP’s project
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, November 1, 2018 

Recently I did an interview with Maine Public Radio to explain my opposition to CMP’s massive new transmission line through Maine from Québec to Massachusetts. But it isn’t just Mainers who are opposed to this project. The state of New Hampshire rejected it which is why they are now trying to bring it all the way through Maine. And while recently in Massachusetts, I read that there is also opposition to the project there.
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