Environment

  • 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

  • Downeast aquaculture research gets funding

    ELLSWORTH — Maine EPSCoR’s (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) is funding two projects in Washington County aimed at better understanding the effects of environmental change and management policies on soft-shell clams and Atlantic sea scallops. “The goal of SEANET’s mini-grant program is to respond rapidly to aquaculture R&D needs

  • Penobscot celebrates completion of fishways

    Penobscot celebrates completion of fishways

    PENOBSCOT — While hundreds of alewives swam lazily about in shallow pools in Mill Stream, dozens of visitors gathered in the recreation area on the shore of Pierce’s Pond to eat smoked fish, drink lemonade and celebrate completion of two new fishways that will ease the migration of alewives to and from the Bagaduce River.

  • Waiver to reroute trash to PERC approved

    Waiver to reroute trash to PERC approved

    ORONO — At an occasionally emotional meeting of the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) on Thursday, board members voted 7-2 to grant a waiver allowing member towns to send their trash to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC) while the MRC’s new partner waste-to-biofuel facility in Hampden is under construction. MRC Board President Chip Reeves and

  • Acadia transportation plan to be presented in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — Acadia National Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider and Park Ranger John Kelly will present the draft of the park’s transportation plan to businesses and the public at Ellsworth’s City Hall auditorium on Tuesday, June 19, from 8-9:30 a.m. The park’s transportation plan was released in May, and is in the public comment phase. Public

  • Jonesport students get introduction to Atlantic salmon, then say goodbye

    Jonesport students get introduction to Atlantic salmon, then say goodbye

    COLUMBIA FALLS — A months-long experiment in environmental science came to fruition earlier this month. A group of Jonesport Elementary School kindergarten and pre-K students gathered at the Downeast Salmon Federation facility on the bank of the Pleasant River and released dozens of recently-hatched Atlantic salmon fry into the water. That introduction to the wild

  • Ellsworth native joins Whole Oceans staff

    Ellsworth native joins Whole Oceans staff

    BUCKSPORT — Ellsworth native Jennifer Fortier has been hired to serve as outreach and development associate for Whole Oceans, a company that plans to use a state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system to raise Atlantic salmon on the site of the former Verso mill. Whole Oceans executives have said the company intends to start construction on the

  • Electric vehicle symposium June 2

    ELLSWORTH — A Climate to Thrive is hosting an electric vehicle symposium on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. The symposium will feature speakers discussing all things EV and taking questions from the audience. A Climate to Thrive is helping to develop a network of publicly accessible

  • BHHT holding meeting in Surry

    SURRY — Blue Hill Heritage Trust will hold a public meeting at the Surry Elementary School on Wednesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will inform community members about updates on Surry Forest and the natural resource inventory the organization had conducted over the last year. Plans to purchase the 2,000-plus acre Meadowbrook property

  • Ocean Life Conference to be held in Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR — Allied Whale and the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. are collaborating to host the 3rd annual regional Gulf of Maine and Ocean Life Conference at the Bar Harbor Club from Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20. The conference will include 15 oral presentations over three days on subjects ranging from oceanography