EPA Supports CLF’s Call to Restore Alewives to St. Croix River

CONTACT:
Sean Mahoney, CLF: (207) 671-0845
Ben Carmichael, CLF: (617) 850-1743

Portland, ME July 10, 2012 – In response to a letter issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Maine’s Attorney General that adopts the arguments made by Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) in a lawsuit aimed at restoring alewives, a key forage and bait fish, to the St. Croix River, CLF issued the following statement from Sean Mahoney, VP & Director, CLF ME:

“EPA’s letter is a gratifying sign that we’re finally making substantive progress in restoring this important fish to the St. Croix River watershed,” said Sean Mahoney, VP & Director, CLF ME. “As EPA now agrees, this law is scientifically and legally unsupportable. We hope that further litigation is unnecessary to ensure that the state follows the directive of EPA in allowing alewives to return to their native waters.”

 

Background

Since CLF filed its complaint, the Passamaquoddy Tribe, joined by other Maine Tribes, has formally requested Maine’s Governor Le Page to repeal the state law and, in the alternative, asked the International Joint Commission to invalidate the law. See a copy of the letter here. CLF is working with the Tribes to achieve the goal of restoring alewives to their native waters in the St. Croix watershed.

For more resources on CLF’s lawsuit seeking to restore alewives to the St. Croix, please find:

 

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. Using the law, science and the market, CLF creates solutions that preserve natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy region-wide. Founded in 1966, CLF is a nonprofit, member-supported organization with offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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