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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discussed in prior posts, a Maine law prohibiting alewives from accessing this fish ladder at the Grand Falls Dam was repealed this past May and for…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,…

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Maine PUC Approves Plan to Lower Power Bills with Increased Efficiency; Now it’s Legislature’s Turn
by Greg Cunningham

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) took important steps this week to increase energy efficiency in the state and pass those savings along to Maine’s electric customers. On Tuesday, the PUC issued its final order unanimously approving the Efficiency Maine Trust’s Triennial Plan, the comprehensive document that outlines the strategies, programs, budgets and estimated savings…

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Saving St. Croix Alewives: Shifting into High Gear
by Sean Mahoney

The effort to restore Alewives to the St. Croix River is about to go into full gear. In addition to our lawsuit challenging the state law that prevents Alewives from getting above the Grand Falls Dam, we are collaborating with other groups and the Passamaquoddy Indian Nation on a legislative solution as discussed in this recent…

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After Delay, Maine Approves Offshore Wind Farm
by Ivy Frignoca

On Thursday, January 28, 2013, Maine’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved, by a 2-1 vote, the terms of a long-term contract for the first floating turbine offshore windfarm in Maine. After a few months of negotiation, this is good news for the state, and for renewable energy. This vote clears a major hurdle toward Statoil…

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Expanding Transit Options in a Rural State: An Update From Maine
by Malcolm Burson

  Let’s face it: population density is a critical factor in any decision to provide transit services. In CLF’s “northern tier” states, where dense populations are limited to a few metropolitan areas, transportation options like bus services  have been slow to develop, leaving people to drive. In asking for directions from one place to another,…