Environment

  • State recommends water systems be tested for “forever chemicals”

    State recommends water systems be tested for “forever chemicals”

    ELLSWORTH — A state task force is recommending that all public water system managers be required to test for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, collectively known as PFAS and nicknamed “forever chemicals” for their persistence in the environment and human bodies. In a draft report released before Thanksgiving, the group outlined seven recommendations for dealing with

  • Algae blooms a threat to lakes

    Algae blooms a threat to lakes

    ELLSWORTH — You’ve likely seen the photos: pristine lake waters transformed into murky, toxic green sludge, the result of a blue-green algae bloom. You’ve probably also read the articles, about how several dog deaths have been attributed to blooms in North Carolina and Georgia, and about how the blooms are increasing in frequency as waters

  • Climate protesters demand action

    Climate protesters demand action

    ELLSWORTH — On Sept 20, millions of demonstrators in cities across the globe gathered to demand that communities and leaders take action to confront climate change. Among the participants in the Global Climate Strike was the group of 70 or so activists who assembled in downtown Ellsworth last Friday afternoon. The turnout was so large

  • Mills orders Maine to become carbon neutral by 2045

    Mills orders Maine to become carbon neutral by 2045

    ELLSWORTH — Standing before the United Nations General Assembly Monday, Governor Janet Mills announced that she had signed an executive order committing the state to carbon neutrality by 2045. Carbon neutrality means achieving a net zero of carbon emissions, either by eliminating emissions altogether, offsetting them or a combination of the two. “We all have

  • Climate strike set for Friday

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Green Action Team is inviting the public to join a local demonstration Friday, Sept. 20, as part of the Global Climate Strike demanding action on climate change. The event will be held from 4-5 p.m. on the downtown Union River bridge. State Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth) will speak at 4:30. Building

  • City to start composting food waste

    City to start composting food waste

    ELLSWORTH — Say farewell to stinky backyard compost piles, Ellsworth residents: the City Council approved an agreement on Monday evening with DM&J Waste (also known as Maine Organics) that will allow residents to drop food waste off at the transfer station for composting. “This is getting stuff out of our waste stream that’s impacting our

  • Maine ditches Styrofoam

    Maine ditches Styrofoam

    ELLSWORTH — Maine became the first state to ban Styrofoam food and beverage containers last month, but, at least in Ellsworth, many restaurants and coffee shops have already transitioned away from them. “Really the only Styrofoam we use is our cups and that’s a corporate thing,” said Sonny Whittaker, deli manager at Freshies. Dunkin’ (formerly