Senator Maker, Representative Kumiega, and members of the Marine Resources Committee: My name is Nick Bennett, and I am the Staff Scientist for the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM). NRCM is Maine’s largest environmental advocacy group with more than 20,000 members and supporters. I am testifying in support of LD 922. This bill would Read More
Former NRCM Board President Kate Rush spent a week on the Allagash River in September and shares these beautiful photos from her trip with us. Kate is from Newport, Maine. To learn more about the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, watch the new video by NRCM member Dean Bennett. To see past My Maine This Week photos, Read More
by Steve Collins, Staff Writer Sun Journal news story Watch the Androscoggin River today as it flows down from the Great Falls at Lewiston-Auburn and it seems scarcely believable it was once little more than an open sewer, full of toxic chemicals, a channel for every throwaway thing that could be swept to the sea. Read More
Describe Enormous Progress and Serious Threats to Clean Water in Maine NRCM news release Lewiston, ME — Today on the banks of the Androscoggin, once labeled the most polluted river in America, a diverse group of Mainers described the importance of the Clean Water Act. The Act became law on October 18, 1972, when Congress Read More
NRCM members and staff paddled a beautiful stretch of the Upper Androscoggin River in Bethel on Saturday, September 2 to celebrate NRCM’s work protecting and restoring Maine’s rivers. We partnered with Bethel Outdoor Adventure for a 10-mile paddle from Gilead to Bethel on the Androscoggin River. Thanks to all who came along for the ride! Read More
To protect an ingredient vital to their product, they oppose having the agency oversee fewer waterways under a Trump administration proposal to restrict the government’s powers. by James Patrick, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story Four Maine breweries have signed on to an effort to fight the Trump administration’s plan to repeal a rule Read More
To encounter a river otter in the wild is to know joy. How could it be otherwise? “Otters are highly intelligent; their inclination to make a ‘game’ out of almost any activity is almost legendary,” wrote Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife biologist John Hunt.
NRCM’s Creature Feature helps you learn about many species of wildlife that live in Maine and whose survival depends upon a clean and healthy environment.
By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story CANAAN, Maine — A forefather of Maine’s environmental conservation movement has passed away. Clinton “Bill” Townsend died early Thursday while sleeping at his home on Nelson Hill Road, according to his daughter Eliza Townsend. He was 89 years old. Townsend, a longtime lawyer in Skowhegan, Read More
Townsend led many of Maine’s environmental advocacy groups and was especially active in river restoration efforts. by Kevin Miller, staff writer Portland Press Herald news story Friends and former colleagues are mourning the death of Clinton “Bill” Townsend, a tireless advocate for river restoration who helped lead many of the state’s environmental organizations over the Read More