Protecting Maine's Environment

Since 1959

Protecting the nature of Maine since 1959, by harnessing the power of science, the law, and the voices of people who value Maine's environment.

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Bill Would Upgrade Clean Water Protections for Maine Rivers

News Release May 23, 2019 (Augusta, ME) — More than 400 miles of Maine’s rivers and streams will receive increased legal protection under a bill (LD 1743) that will receive a public hearing today. Of particular significance, the bill includes critical portions of Maine’s largest river, the Penobscot, and 200...

News and Noteworthy — May 2019

News & Noteworthy May 22, 2019 Here’s your latest round-up of news from the past week. Movement on Climate Action Senator Dana Dow unveiled details of a comprehensive solar bill NRCM is supporting to jump start investment in clean energy. Governor Mills joined many others, including our CEO Lisa Pohlmann,...

Bipartisan Bill Would Accelerate Investment in Solar Energy Across Maine

News release May 16, 2019 (Augusta, ME) – For the last five years Maine has ranked last in New England for solar energy generation and number of solar jobs per capita. A new bipartisan bill that received a public hearing today aims to reverse that trend by accelerating the development...

Track Bills We’re Working on and Take Action

NRCM is following more than 200 bills that could affect Maine's environment this session. Bookmark and visit our Legislative Bill Tracking page to learn more about these pieces of legislation, read NRCM testimony, view latest action, and find out how you can get involved to protect the nature of Maine.

New(s) from NRCM

Have you read NRCM's new weekly series, "News & Noteworthy," launched in April to provide you with a round-up of the environmental news from around Maine? From good news to not so good news, our Director of Media Relations & Advocacy Communications, Colin Durrant, will highlight the stories that Mainers who care about taking action for the environment should be paying attention to.

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Great beer needs clean water, and NRCM is collaborating with breweries throughout the state to protect Maine’s waters through education and advocacy. Hear about the Maine Brewshed Alliance from NRCM's Kristin Jackson and three brewers who are part of the Alliance: Christie Mahaffey (Foundation), Abe Furth (Orono Brewing), and Dan Kleban (Maine Beer Company).

CMP wants to build a 145-mile transmission line though Maine's woods solely to bring hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts, with no significant benefit to Maine people or our climate! Read the study that shows that it would do nothing to reduce climate-changing pollution.

The Maine Senate voted in support of LD 640, a bill that would require an independent analysis of the climate benefits of the proposed CMP line. The House will vote next. Use the button below to contact your Representative today to urge them to support LD 640.

CMP transmission line proposal

Clean Water is In Style!

April was Aveda Earth Month, and we again teamed with Maine salons to spread the word about the importance of protecting Maine’s clean, beautiful waters. Thanks to all of the participating Aveda salons, their staffs and owners, and all of you who participated in support of our work to protect Maine's waters.

Maine's Most Adaptable Bird

Maine's most adaptable bird — Well, what is it? NRCM’s Allison Wells and husband Jeff share what they’ve found in their latest blog. While you’re there, be sure to check in on where they are in their “mindful Maine Big Year,” too (have they reached 100 yet?).

Reducing Waste One Cup (of Coffee) at a Time

On April 2nd Tandem Coffee Roasters in Portland launched an ambitious initiative to drastically reduce waste at their two locations. Find out the results and learn of future plans from Tandem owners, Will and Kathleen Pratt.

Students Explore Maine's Environment

This year, 10 Maine middle schools received NRCM grants to support their students' work studying Maine's environment. Read the latest updates from classes studying brook trout, water quality, bees, & more!

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Find hiking trails, beaches, paddles, bike paths, & more with our interactive Explore Maine Map.
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Learn about our Maine Sporting Camp discount program.

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Find out about events NRCM is hosting or taking part in throughout Maine. Plan to attend!
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Get newly designed NRCM t-shirts and mugs, a black or khaki NRCM cap, totes, hand-crafted Passamaquoddy baskets, Atayne active apparel, & more.
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Do you know how much food the average Maine family of four wastes each year? Do you want to learn ways to reduce your food waste, plastic bag and foam food container use? Download or request a copy of our “Reduce Your Use” brochure for tips about how to lessen your impact on the environment and save money by making simple changes to your daily habits such as grocery shopping, consumer purchases, cutting back on food and other waste such as plastic bags and food containers that take centuries to break down.

NRCM is dedicated to making information available on issues facing Maine’s environment and the people who rely upon it. Our publications, including our Maine Environment newsletters, will, we hope, help you better understand the topic of interest and provide you with information that you can use in your own work on behalf of the people, wildlife, and environment of Maine.

Mason's drawing

My Maine This Week: Artwork by Mason, Age 6

American Woodcock by Dave Small

My Maine This Week: David Small

My Maine This Week: Callie Wronker

My Maine This Week: Callie Wronker

Cascade Falls by Aaron Rivard

My Maine This Week: Aaron Rivard

trash along Back Cove

My Maine This Week: Straws by Brian Skillings

My Maine This Week: Jennifer Dillon

My Maine This Week: Jennifer Dillon

Vaughan Woods in Hallowell

My Maine This Week: Linda Woods

Bar Harbor

My Maine This Week: Larry Mingledorff


My Maine This Week: Michael Walsh

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Sustain ME

A new feature to help you help the planet.

Bright Ideas to "Light"-en Your Impact on the Environment

Download or request a copy of NRCM's Bright Ideas: Tips for Home Energy Savings to learn how to improve energy efficiency at your home, to help you save you money, reduce pollution, add to your comfort, and improve your sense of well-being.

Harbor seal by Gerard Monteux

Creature Feature: Harbor Seal

Did you know that the Portland Sea Dogs, a minor league baseball team, are named after the slang term for the harbor seal? And who could forget Maine's most famous harbor seal, Andre, who visited the coast each summer for many years. Learn more about this adorable Maine coast creature.