Maine lawmakers have convened for the second session of the 130th Legislature and will consider dozens of bills that could impact Maine’s healthy air, clean water, and rich natural resources. In this episode, Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim details NRCM’s top environmental priorities for 2022 and why they matter for our collective work to protect the nature of Maine. Pete provides his thoughts about the opening session of the Legislature and reflections about the January 6, 2021, failed insurrection of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Protecting Maine's Environment
Community Solar — What's the Deal?
The 2022 session of the Maine Legislature is in full swing, and legislators will need to hear from you on some important bills to close the loophole on toxic out-of-state waste, enhance Maine's ecological reserve system, reclassify more than 800 miles of Maine rivers, and much more. Visit our bill tracking page to learn about opportunities to testify at public hearings (all done virtually again this year), read NRCM testimony & fact sheets, & more. Stay informed and involved to help protect Maine's environment.
Share Your Beautiful Maine Fall & Winter Photos!
If you are someone who loves photographing Maine's fall colors or spectacular winter scenes, then this opportunity is for you! Before February 14, send us up to three photos of yours that capture the beauty of fall or winter in Maine. Click on the button below to learn more & then enter for your chance to win some cool prizes!
New Year, New ME
NRCM Rising Leadership Team member Kate Shambaugh shares her thoughts about setting attainable goals in the New Year that will help us as individuals but also help all of us who love and value Maine's environment: goals like buying local, learning new things, composting, & more. Read more from Kate in this month's NRCM Rising blog.
Critter Chatter—Changing Seasons
What does it take to get the Wildlife Care Center's resident animals ready for winter in Maine? Learn about it in this month's Critter Chatter, as well as news of recent visit to the Center by NRCM staff. Read about Don Cote's 50+ years of work to care for Maine's injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife & how you can help.
Judge Denies CMP's Motion to Delay New Law
Terminating CMP Corridor
December 16, 2021 (Augusta, ME) — udge Michael Duddy of the Maine Business & Consumer Court denied the motion by Avangrid and Central Maine Power (CMP) for a preliminary injunction to delay implementation of the new law passed overwhelmingly by Maine voters to terminate the CMP corridor. In his ruling the judge stated that Avangrid and CMP failed to meet any of the four criteria for a preliminary injunction.
Below is a statement from NRCM Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim:
“This is a big win for Maine people who voted overwhelmingly to terminate the CMP corridor. We appreciate the quick decision by the judge to reject CMP’s effort to subvert the will of Maine voters and look forward to the referendum becoming law on Sunday. The CMP corridor was a bad deal for Maine that was flawed from the very beginning. Now is the time for Maine and the region to move forward, embracing well-developed clean-energy projects, using the lessons learned from what has gone so wrong for CMP.”
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Featured: Bright Ideas: Tips for Home Energy Savings
Taking steps to improve energy efficiency in your everyday life can save you money, reduce pollution, add to your comfort, and improve your sense of well-being. Around the house, on the road, and in your community, following the tips in our Bright Ideas: Tips for Home Energy Savings brochure can help you become more energy efficient today.
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.
A feature to help you help the planet.
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? This brochure includes tips about how to lessen your impact on the environment and save money by making simple changes to your daily habits. Request a free brochure today!
Did you know that except in very southernmost Maine, where they overlap with the cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hares are the only wild “rabbit” species in the state? Learn more about snowshoe hares in our latest Creature Feature written by Bangor-based science writer Catherine Schmitt.
Banner photo: Katahdin from Foss and Knowlton Pond trail, by Steve Cartwright