Water rally April 4th- join us to Protect Maine Lakes!
When: Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 from Noon – 1pm
Where: Capitol Building in Augusta, Maine.
What’s this about? Supporting LD 178, a $5 million bond to protect our lakes, streams, rivers and coastal waters.
Why is it important? The bond doubles state funding for projects that keep our water safe and clean.
What should I do? Round up some friends and get to the plaza between the Capitol and the Cross Office Building by 11:45 next Wednesday. Wear blue to show legislators and the public that protecting water is really important. If you get into it, you can make signs about protecting lakes, loons and fish.
How long will it take? Less than an hour.
Tell me more about the bond. LD 178 will fund contractor jobs, improve road infrastructure and protect water resources. It directs $1 million a year for 5 years to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Program, a.k.a. the 319 Grant Program.
Anything else I should know? The Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee will vote on the bond in mid-April. Please write your Senator and your Representative urging them to support LD 178.
You have a voice; our lakes don’t. They need you to speak for them.
Can I talk to someone about this? Yes, call us at (207) 495-2301 Monday- Friday 9am-5pm.
“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”-Benjamin Franklin
“Conserving the amount of water used at home will not only help to keep your water bill lower, but it’s also better for the environment. When you save water, you can help to reduce pollutant and contaminant runoff into natural lakes, rivers, and streams as well as extend the life of your sewer or septic system. If you’re considering a water conservation plan for your house, there are several tips and tricks you can use to reduce your water consumption. Once you make these practices a habit, you’ll be surprised at just how much water you can save.”
Water Conservation Throughout the Home
“Maine’s nearly 6,000 lakes generate an estimated $3.5 to $6 billion in annual economic activity and support 52,000 jobs, while providing 400,000 Mainers with clean drinking water (Schuertz et al. 2001). This resource is at risk from increased developmental pressure, nutrient runoff, and the compounding effects of global climate change. Regulatory approaches, including mandatory shoreland zoning and restrictions on construction and dredging, have helped lake managers mitigate these risks. However, these top-down, enforcement-based approaches have not been sufficient to eliminate threats to Maine’s lakes or stem water quality declines.
LakeSmart, an innovative voluntary certification program, is a promising tool to address these challenges. Based on the principles of community-based social marketing, the LakeSmart homeowner education and recognition program promotes positive conservation behavior by lake shore residents and rewards practices that help stem the flow of nutrient runoff and septic effluents, important sources of lake pollution. From humble beginnings (Welch and Smith 2008), LakeSmart – now operating on 39 lakes and 1 river in 13 of Maine’s 16 counties – has become one of the most effective voluntary lake protection programs in the country.”
Read full article HERE
How Can We Get more Immigrants from Norway?
Norway has a vibrant economy based on natural resources and tourism with clean air, water, and forests protected by strict environmental rules. They produce oil but have a carbon tax with revenues dedicated to renewable power research and policy goals of reducing carbon emissions and stabilizing global climate change. Residents attend high-quality technical schools and universities for free. Their universal access healthcare system has government-funded hospitals, free care for those under 16 or pregnant, free choice of provider, public or private insurance for others (cost: 9% of GDP vs the 25% of GDP we pay). They have universal access to high-speed broadband with guaranteed net neutrality, efficient public transit systems (with bus schedules coordinated with train schedules) and high-quality roads (funded by gas taxes). They have the highest percentage of electric cars of any country in the world.
Norway is at or near the top of almost every ranking of quality of life and satisfaction. Their pension system ranks number #1 in the Natixis Global Retirement Index.
Why would any Norwegian want to come here?
To get more immigrants from Norway, we need to make the U.S. more attractive to them. The President should suspend efforts to overturn the Clean Power Plan and Clean Water Rule and increase the EPA’s budget for clean air and water programs instead of cutting them including removal of the WOTUS budget rider. He should recommit the U.S. to the Paris Climate Agreement and publicly call for actions similar to Norway’s. He should ask Senator Sanders to develop a universal single-payer health care plan for the U.S. These actions would not only make our country more attractive to Norwegians but also to Americans. Coincidentally, they would also help protect the water quality of Maine’s lakes, rivers, and streams and reduce ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine.
Peter Kallin, Ph.D.
President, Maine Lakes Society