Environment

  • Project aims to restore fish passage to river

    Project aims to restore fish passage to river

    BROOKSVILLE — A project is underway this summer to help restore fish passage to the Bagaduce River. Construction vehicles will be onsite at the Mill Pond on Coastal Road in Brooksville. “This project will take place on the small property owned by Maine Coast Heritage Trust at a former mill site at the head of

  • Funding awarded for Georges Pond watershed restoration

    FRANKLIN — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has awarded the Georges Pond Association a $45,960 federal grant to reduce pollution in the Georges Pond watershed. The estimated project cost is $79,066, with $33,106 promised from project partners coupled with the federal grant. The pond association has

  • Researchers find microplastics in larval lobsters

    Researchers find microplastics in larval lobsters

    ELLSWORTH — Scientists at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences have discovered that microplastic pollution of the ocean is having an impact on Maine lobsters. In a study published last month, a team of researchers reported their findings that microplastic fiber pollution in the ocean affects larval lobsters at each stage of their development. According

  • City Planning Board approves solar farm plans

    ELLSWORTH — A proposal for a solar farm on the Mariaville Road received unanimous final approval from the Planning Board at a virtual meeting on June 3, with the caveat that board members be able to review a decommissioning plan for the panels that is being worked on by the city’s attorney. The code enforcement

  • E-waste collection scheduled July 18

    E-waste collection scheduled July 18

    ELLSWORTH — The Noontime Rotary Club of Ellsworth once again is organizing a day for collection and recycling of old and broken electronics. E-waste will be accepted from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 18, in Home Depot’s parking lot in Ellsworth. This event is open to residents from any Maine community and items

  • Late nights and pesky bears: Trapper keeps busy

    Late nights and pesky bears: Trapper keeps busy

    GOULDSBORO — A sleep deficit did not stop Galen Ruhlin from heading out late Sunday night to relocate a 150-pound black bear captured in a culvert trap in Franklin. The creature first had to be tranquilized, tagged and its weight, length, heart rate and temperature recorded by a wildlife biologist before the animal was transported

  • “Prince of Whales” threatens lawsuit against Maine Lobstering Union members

    BANGOR — Richard Max Strahan, a New Hampshire-based whale protection activist with a history of filing federal lawsuits aimed at protecting endangered right whales against the New England fishing industry, may be headed back to court. Strahan has threatened to sue the Maine Lobstering Union (MLU), the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) and their individual members

  • High court ruling prohibits Lamoine gravel pit expansion

    High court ruling prohibits Lamoine gravel pit expansion

    LAMOINE — Harold MacQuinn Inc.’s proposed project to expand its Kittridge gravel-extraction operation from 65 to 108 acres on Cousins Hill, which had been the subject of multiple lawsuits over seven years, won’t proceed following a Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruling issued May 19. In its 2018 lawsuit, the nonprofit group Friends of Lamoine had

  • Georges Pond in Franklin treated to prevent algae blooms

    Georges Pond in Franklin treated to prevent algae blooms

    FRANKLIN — Residents and visitors to Georges Pond in Franklin may have clearer waters to swim and boat in in coming years. At least that’s the hope of the Georges Pond Association, which oversaw the first alum treatment applied to the pond last week. “Applying this application essentially resets the natural chemical balance in the

  • Stonington considering EV charging station

    Stonington considering EV charging station

    STONINGTON — The Board of Selectmen is thinking about installing an electric vehicle charging station downtown. The board at its April 20 meeting listened to a pitch from electric vehicle (EV) enthusiast Gordon Beck, who is an advisory board member of A Climate to Thrive. The organization describes itself as an “initiative of and for”