Environment

  • Annual roadside cleanup with Friends of Acadia

    Annual roadside cleanup with Friends of Acadia

    BAR HARBOR — Registration for the 19th Annual Friends of Acadia Roadside Cleanup is now open. This year’s cleanup is on Saturday, April 28, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Family, friends, neighbors and coworkers will join forces to collect a winter’s worth of trash and debris from roadsides on Mount Desert Island and Trenton to help beautify

  • Sizable oil spill occurs in Southwest Harbor

    Sizable oil spill occurs in Southwest Harbor

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Darian Higgins, a responder with Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection, arrived at a residence on Clark Point Road the afternoon of Feb. 26 to inspect what looked like slight oil staining in the driveway. The fire department had contacted the DEP earlier that day to report the smudge, thinking it might have

  • Climate work called ‘dream come true’

    Climate work called ‘dream come true’

    BAR HARBOR — “If you have a willing, engaged partner in the community, it makes a crazy amount of difference,” Josh Castonguay of Vermont-based Green Mountain Power told a group of about 250 at Mount Desert Island High School Sunday. “I hope folks here understand that this [event] is a huge deal.” Power companies and

  • NOAA sued to limit lobster fishery

    NOAA sued to limit lobster fishery

    ELLSWORTH – Last year, at least 17 endangered North Atlantic right whales died in Canadian waters and off the coast of New England. Some of those deaths were attributed to the whales’ entanglement with fishing gear. On Thursday, three conservation organizations sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service in the federal

  • Energy summit planned

    Energy summit planned

    BAR HARBOR — A Climate to Thrive, a group seeking energy independence for Mount Desert Island in response to concerns about climate change, has been at work on several fronts, including solar power, energy efficiency, transportation and waste management. Two years after a large kickoff event in January 2016, the group is again planning a

  • Fee-free days set for 2018

    Fee-free days set for 2018

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Entrance fees will not be charged at any national park including Acadia on four days in 2018. Those days are Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; April 21, the first day of National Park Week; Sept. 22, National Public Lands Day; and Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Of the 417 National

  • New players in fee hike debate

    New players in fee hike debate

    BAR HARBOR — The Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trust is weighing in on the National Park Service proposal to increase visitor fees at Acadia and other parks, seeking the support of the Town Council in opposing the increase and working with the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce to get the word out about the issue. Under

  • Project doubles MDI solar output

    Project doubles MDI solar output

    BAR HARBOR — Solarize MDI, a project of A Climate to Thrive, has doubled the island’s solar power generation in less than a year and become the most successful of similar Solarize campaigns around the state. Fifty new solar projects have been installed, 13 are scheduled to be installed by the end of the year,