Environment

  • Invasive plant watchers gird for Eurasian milfoil

    Invasive plant watchers gird for Eurasian milfoil

    ELLSWORTH — Last week’s confirmation of the discovery of aggressive Eurasian water milfoil (Myriophyllum spiactum) on a boat entering a lake in Norway (along with the “alarming” discovery by Maine Department of Environmental Protection staff of a non-native mussel) has put invasive species-watchers in the state on high alert. But Roberta Hill isn’t daunted by

  • Free electronic waste recycling July 21

    Free electronic waste recycling July 21

    ELLSWORTH — Maine residents with old electronics, including televisions, computers, desktop printers and cell phones, can recycle their unwanted items for free on Saturday, July 21, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Home Depot in Ellsworth. Businesses may also bring their waste, although those with over 100 employees or dropping off more than seven

  • Patience urged on land management rule changes

    Patience urged on land management rule changes

    ELLSWORTH — New rules under consideration by the Maine Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) could alter the way land in Maine’s unorganized territories, including Fletchers Landing Township and areas around Tunk Lake, is managed, if they are passed as is by the nine-member commission this fall. On June 20, at the only scheduled public hearing

  • Local restaurant ditches plastic straws

    Local restaurant ditches plastic straws

    ELLSWORTH — If you’ve picked up a drink at Pat’s Pizza lately, you may have noticed something a little different — or absent, that is. In a move toward more sustainable dining, the restaurant recently made the switch to “straws upon request.” And soon, said General Manager Tim McCarthy, those plastic straws will be gone

  • DEP warns of Eurasian milfoil invasion

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed the discovery of Eurasian water milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) on a boat entering Pennesseewassee Lake in Norway and is urging boaters to clean, drain and dry boats and anchor lines and fishing gear before and after launching in Maine waters. The plant was discovered May 31

  • Grant to aid water testing in Lamoine

    LAMOINE — The Lamoine Conservation Commission, in conjunction with the town of Lamoine, has received a $1,700 grant from the Hancock County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The grant will be used to expand the GET WET! household drinking water testing program to include on-site testing of water at Blunts Pond in Lamoine. GET

  • LUPC’s proposed change of one-mile rule resisted

    LUPC’s proposed change of one-mile rule resisted

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Commissioners heard passionate testimony from area residents on Monday evening, largely arguing against rule changes being proposed by the state Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) that would change where subdivisions and commercial developments could be located in Maine’s unorganized territories. “This is a major and monumental change, and not for the

  • Contract awarded for Callahan Mine remediation

    Contract awarded for Callahan Mine remediation

    BROOKSVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District recently issued a contract not to exceed $45 million with a five-year period for remediation work at the Callahan Mine Superfund Site in Brooksville, according to a press release from the Corps of Engineers. The contract was awarded on May 18 to Environmental Quality