Environment

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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