Listen to full news story. PORTLAND, Maine – The Trump administration is moving forward with efforts to scrap the 2015 Clean Water Rule, a move that concerns conservation groups and the state’s tourism industry. About half of Maine’s drinking water comes from surface water that is fed by small streams, said Nick Bennett, a… Continue Reading
We welcome a new My Maine This Week photographer this week—Barbara Heap of Readfield, Maine. Welcome Barbara! Barbara sent this beautiful photo of Smalls Falls in Madrid, Maine, to us right from her smartphone via NRCM’s NRCM Environment app. If you haven’t downloaded our free app from the iTunes store or Google Play, we encourage… Continue Reading
Make a natural bug repellant with 10 drops of eucalpytus or lemongrass oil and two tablespoons soybean oil mixed in a glass jar—dab it on your skin. Chemicals in many commercial insect repellents may cause skin irritation and swelling—and some have even been classified by the EPA as carcinogens, if ingested. To view more tips, click here…. Continue Reading
Does your car have an air conditioner? Run it intermittently, not constantly, to save fuel. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Recycling paper helps the environment several ways: it saves 7,000 gallons of water and three cubic yards in a landfill. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
You can buy inexpensive plastic spigots that screw onto a 2-liter soda bottle (of any brand). Fill the bottle with water, screw on the spigot, invert, and bury the spigot in the ground next to a large plant to provide it with a steady supply of water as needed. To view more tips, click here…. Continue Reading
Organic-ize your bedroom, where you probably spend one-third of your life! Look for mattresses, bedding, and towels made with organic cotton (and natural rubber in the mattresses) to encourage green manufacturing and reduce your exposure to toxic off-gassing. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click… Continue Reading
Give your car a fresh start this summer while protecting Maine’s environment from excess pollution by taking everything out of your car, and putting back in only the items you need. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can reduce your miles per gallon by as much as two percent—depending on gas prices, that could… Continue Reading
Use a cotton handkerchief, which can be washed and reused, instead of tissues, even those made from recycled paper. Reusable is still best. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.