News & Noteworthy
July 2, 2019
Here’s your latest round-up of news from the past week.
A Remarkable Recovery
On Monday, July 1, as Osprey flew overhead and sturgeon leaped, we joined friends and partners at Augusta’s Mill Park to celebrate the remarkable recovery of the Kennebec River at an event recognizing the 20th anniversary of the removal of the Edwards Dam.
ICYMI, we released this video with truly awe-inspiring footage from the Kennebec, highlighting its dramatic recovery.
Big Gains for the Environment and Climate Action
The Sun Journal ran a big story detailing how the environment was a BIG winner in this year’s legislative session, and
Governor Mills signed three major climate and clean energy bills into law at an event at the state’s largest solar array in Pittsfield, and Maine continue to be recognized nationally for the amazing slate of climate and clean energy bills that were passed this year.
After advocacy from NRCM and action from the legislators, the Public Utilities Commission reversed its decision to gut energy efficiency funding and will now delivery help to low-income Mainers. Greentech Media has a great overview of Governor Mills’ efforts to dramatically expand use of heat pumps across Maine.
Damariscotta votes have given the green light to solar on the site of their former landfill and there were a few great responses that defended electric vehicles after a recent op-ed criticizing EVs from the very conservative Heritage Foundation appeared in local newspapers.
The Bangor Daily News ran a nice profile of our 2016 People’s Choice Award winner, Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Old Town, and the Land for Maine’s Future program will support preservation of working waterfronts in Maine.
The Press Herald has a Q&A with the relatively new director of Baxter State Park.
The Sun Journal spoke with plastic bag-toting shoppers who, it turns out, favor the new ban on plastic bags, and Vinalhaven residents have started an island-wide composting program to help save money on shipping trash.
Thanks to the Maine Attorney General for pushing the US EPA to better regulate asbestos.