Environment

  • Violations addressed at wastewater plant

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Maine Department of Labor has cited the Southwest Harbor Water and Sewer District with violations found during a January inspection at the district’s wastewater treatment plant on Apple Lane. The labor department cited the district with 11 violations at the plant, most of which involved safety training for employees, according to

  • Wild Gardens gets irrigation

    Wild Gardens gets irrigation

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Wild Gardens of Acadia will be closed through June 23 for installation of a new irrigation system. It will replace what park officials described in a press release as “a makeshift system of buried garden hose fraught with leaks.” The gardens include a microcosm of 12 of Acadia’s plant communities. The

  • Free passes to state parks

    Free passes to state parks

    AUGUSTA — Maine State Parks and Historic Sites will treat Maine residents to a free day-use admission on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18. The annual event is to encourage residents to visit parks and sites and to thank them for their continued support. The open admission does not apply to Acadia, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway,

  • Stephens to talk about ‘energy democracy’

    Stephens to talk about ‘energy democracy’

    BAR HARBOR –– Jennie Stephens will discuss via Skype the concept of “energy democracy” and the how it can help close the gender and racial gaps present in the scientific disciplines as part of the Seminar on Climate Change Speaker Series at College of the Atlantic’s McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, May 30, from 2:40-4

  • Climate marchers will not be denied

    Climate marchers will not be denied video

    BAR HARBOR — More than 500 people turned out for the Climate March here on Saturday afternoon. Folks gathered on the Village Green at 1 p.m. and then paraded down Mount Desert Street, to High Street, down Cottage Street and then on Main Street to the town pier where they formed a circle of silence

  • Ostrander takes fresh look at climate change

    Ostrander takes fresh look at climate change

    BAR HARBOR –– Calla Rose Ostrander, strategic advisor to individuals and organizations committed to stabilizing Earth’s climate, will speak about new and innovative approaches to problem solving at College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum in the McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, April 25, at 4:10 p.m. A dedicated climate activist, Ostrander will share her

  • Panel to discuss arsenic in wells

    Panel to discuss arsenic in wells

    BAR HARBOR — A community meeting entitled “What’s in Your Drinking Water?” to educate the public about the dangers of arsenic in drinking water will be hosted by the MDI Biological Laboratory at its Center for Science Entrepreneurship on Tuesday, April 18, from 5-6:30 p.m. Arsenic has more impact on human health than any other

  • LED bulbs to be given away

    LED bulbs to be given away

    BAR HARBOR — A Climate to Thrive (ACTT), the local group working to help Mount Desert Island achieve energy independence by 2030, has a new ‘bright idea.’ To get island residents thinking about energy efficiency in their own homes, the ACTT building efficiency committee will give away thousands of LEDs over the next two weekends

  • Lecture topic: Climate refugees

    Lecture topic: Climate refugees

    BAR HARBOR — Doreen Stabinsky, professor of global environmental politics at College of the Atlantic, will present a special Maine Fulbright lecture in the college’s Thomas S. Gates Jr. Community Center on Friday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will explore the severe consequences for billions

  • Senior pass fee increase

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The fee for a lifetime pass for citizens 62 and older will go from $10 to $80 next year, according to AARP. That senior passport allows holders unlimited free access to parks for life. It does not cover items such as campground or activity fees. “National Park Service officials are unsure