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Searsport dredging would hurt region's Environment and Economy
Click HERE to read Sierra Club activist Kim Tucker's editorial in the Bangor Daily News about the controversial plan of Army Corps of Engineers proposal to dredge 40 feet of Searsport Harbor.
"While the environmental damage from the proposed dredging is clear,
deepening the channel will also have significant
adverse economic effects in
the Penobscot Bay region. The greatest of these adverse effects will be
borne by the lobstermen of zones C and D, who make more than 46 percent of all
annual lobster landings in Maine. The value of this catch in
2012 was more than $157 million at the dock. The value to the Maine economy
is exponentially higher...This proposal simply makes no sense just based on the
math. Mainers need to tell DOT and the Corps that 35 feet is deep enough in
Celebrate the Wild
Sierra Club Maine Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Wilderness
On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of work by the Sierra Club and other organizations, along with America's support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines "Wilderness" as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain.
This year, 2014, is a time for celebration. The Sierra Club and other wilderness group in combination with the four federal wilderness management agencies are planning a year filled with events and celebrations to honor this historic work and to education the public about the wilderness. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming events in Maine...
"Wilderness is a necessity...There must be places for human beings to satisfy
Sierra Club Maine at the State House:
PASSENGER RAIL TRANSPORTATION!
Click HERE to watch "A Future For Maine Transportation: The Return of Commuter Rail Service to Western Maine,"
by the Maine Rail Transit Coalition, Sierra Club Maine and the Maine Realtors Association
Legislators and Midcoast Residents Oppose
Proposed Dredging of Penobscot Bay!
At a press conference in Belfast, the Maine Chapter joined more than 25 Maine legislators, local government officials, and conservation groups to express strong concerns over the harmful environmental and economic impacts of the Army Corps controversial plan to dredge nearly one million cubic yards of sediment in the upper Penobscot Bay.
Click here to read the letter from 30 state legislators asking the Army Corps to undertake a Comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement.
Take Action to Stop Corporate East-West Highway!
The Cianbro Corporation wants to build a 220-mile toll superhighway that would cut through the heart of Maine's north woods from New Brunswick to Quebec.
This "East-West" truck transport highway would endanger our waterways and air quality, increase noise and light pollution, harm key wilderness recreational areas, and diminish the tourism experience in the region.
Cianbro lobbyists have been traveling the state to get this superhighway built. Maine citizens need to push back with a strong message that the $2 billion, privately-owned highway would threaten dozens of local communities, landowner private property rights, and potentially leave Maine taxpayers on the hook for this risky project.
The more people we get to sign, the louder our voice.
A smarter idea would be to study the sustainable option of moving goods across Maine on the existing train infrastructure.
Don't let the corporate lobbyists drown us out.
(Katahdin photo courtesy of Bill Silliker, Jr.)