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Transportation Matters for Maine
by Malcolm Burson

Let’s face it, Maine is a big rural state (larger than the five remaining New England states taken together), where lowering greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles has been and will be a continuing challenge. CLF’s Maine office is actively engaged in three different projects with a wide range of partners who are determined to find…

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Maine Legislature Takes First Step Towards Averting Disastrous Impacts of Ocean Acidification
by Ivy Frignoca

Maine’s legislature is taking early steps to address increasingly acidic ocean waters in the Gulf of Maine that threaten the state’s shellfisheries and marine ecosystem. The Gulf of Maine has become increasingly more acidic as CO2 emissions from industrial sources and vehicles get deposited in the water, where the carbon mixes to form carbonic acid. This problem…

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Maine’s Most Lucrative Fishery Threatened by Pesticides?
by Leah Fine

Last month, Maine legislator Walter Kumiega introduced a bill that would ban the use of two pesticides, methoprene and resmethrin, in any body of water or area in the state that drains into the Gulf of Maine. We’re all familiar with some of the negative consequences of certain pesticides – from DDT’s effect on birds…

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Food Hubs Can Help Grow a More Resilient Food System in Maine
by Ben Tettlebaum

The average Maine meal travels 1,900 miles from field to fork. With that distance come numerous costs. All those food miles increase fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Maine farmland no longer in production is often lost to urban and suburban development, which also means the loss of the conservation practices of many of these…

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Day of Celebration on the St. Croix
by Sean Mahoney

It’s not often you get the chance to celebrate such a clear victory for the environment as the return of the alewife to the St. Croix River watershed.  As discussed in prior posts, a Maine law prohibiting alewives from accessing this fish ladder at the Grand Falls Dam was repealed this past May and for…

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Fishway Opens at Cumberland Mills Dam in Westbrook
by Ivy Frignoca

Do you recognize these fish? They are anadromous alewives, also known as river herring. These small fish leave the ocean and swim upriver to spawn each May and June in Maine ponds and lakes. They provide food and cover for other migrating fish and are a critical part of the food chain in the ocean.…

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Alewives Now Able to Swim Freely in The St. Croix: Maine’s Economy, Environment, and People to Benefit
by Sean Mahoney

After 18 years, Maine alewives can finally swim freely into their ancestral habitat. In an event that went largely unnoticed, on Monday, April 22nd, Governor LePage decided not to veto L.D. 72, legislation requires Maine to ensure that the fish ladders on the Woodland Dam and the Grand Falls Dam be reconfigured or operated in such a way that “allows the unconstrained passage of river herring.” The deadline for this action is May 1st.

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An important step forward in restoring alewives to the St. Croix river
by Ivy Frignoca

An important step forward for restoring alewives to the St. Croix river Fishermen, environmentalists, anglers, representatives from the Passamaquoddy tribal government, federal agencies and the Canadian government have spoken: Alewives should be allowed to return to their native St. Croix river. At a legislative hearing Monday, speaker after speaker rose in support of a bill,…