Growing up in Old Town and owning a family camp in Ellsworth gives me great appreciation for the abundant opportunities to spend quality time enjoying the woods and waters of Hancock, Washington and Penobscot counties.
As an avid outdoorsman, it’s hard not to notice the warmer summer days and drier months that are plaguing the cold water species that make Maine’s lakes and streams such special places to fish. With climate change impacts already being felt in Maine and across the country, it boggles the mind as to why the EPA would roll back our clean car standards that curb climate-changing pollution and save us money at the pump.
Maine sits at the “tailpipe” of the nation, with prevailing winds blowing pollution from other states into Maine. Our state’s air and water quality will continue to degrade if nothing is done to reduce climate changing pollution. It was great to see all members of Maine’s congressional delegation come out against the clean cars rollback, and we urge them act on climate change now.
The increasing temperature and decreasing quality of our water is a major cause for concern for a state whose economy depends on the health of its natural resources. Climate change and its impact on our local fishing resources must be addressed through strong federal legislation. Without government action, the modest recovery that some of Maine’s fisheries have experienced in recent years could be reversed, while fish populations that have not yet recovered could disappear completely.
Dennis P. King