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Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com via the Portland Water District

Sebago Clean Waters, a coalition of nine Maine conservation organizations, has been awarded $8 million to preserve forestland in the Sebago Lake watershed, the largest source of drinking water in greater Portland.

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A land conservation organization is launching an effort to preserve more than 100 acres of land in a region of Maine that is under increasing pressure from the real estate market.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

Anticipating the growing effects of climate change, the cities of Portland and South Portland have created what is being called a Joint Climate Action and Adaptation plan.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

A landslide blocked the Presumpscot River In Westbrook River Wednesday.  And as the water rose behind it, the city declared a state of emergency, while the National Weather Service put the area on notice that flash floods could result. But so far, so good.

Activists and neighbors of the state owned Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town are calling for an end to the dumping of out of state waste there.
Robert F. Bukaty / AP File

Activists and neighbors of the state-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, Maine are calling for an end to the dumping of out-of-state waste there. And they are petitioning the state’s Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) to include environmental justice as a factor when considering the public benefit of waste facilities.

Hottest Average Daily Temperature Recorded In The Gulf Of Maine

Sep 17, 2020
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

In the latest sign that climate change is already affecting the ocean along the Maine coast, scientists last month recorded the hottest single day in the waters of the Gulf of Maine.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

A landslide blocking the Presumpscot River in Westbrook is threatening a flash flood in Cumberland County.

The land started moving around 9:39 a.m. Wednesday.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's bear hunt is entering the final two weeks of the part of the year in which most bears are harvested.

Matthew McFarland / Unified Fire Authority/ via AP

Mainers might notice some haziness in the skies these days. Hunter Tubbs, of the National Weather Service in Gray, says that's due to the wildfires raging in the western U.S.

"People may notice a slight haze, or a murkiness to the sky during the daytime," Tubbs says. "And this is actually due to some of the smoke from the fires out West being brought into the Northeast and New England as a result of strong upper level winds through the Jet Stream."

Tubbs says the particles that are causing the haze aren't likely to have much of an effect on Maine's weather.

Chris Bennett / via The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land says it has permanently protected Maine's Bald Mountain Pond and land around it.

PORTLAND, Maine - An elementary school in Maine's largest city has been named for the state's first African-American legislator.

PORTLAND, Maine - A major fishery off New England will be slowed down considerably in September in an attempt to protect the fish's population.

The National Science Foundation is providing University of Maine with almost $3 million for graduate research about the Arctic.

Maine's two U.S. senators, independent Sen. Angus King and Republican Sen. Susan Collins, say the money will support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs. The senators say the money will help the university "better train graduate students in the interdisciplinary field of Arctic systems science."

Governors in the six New England states are being urged to sign a joint resolution supporting offshore wind projects that promise tens of thousands of jobs.

BELFAST, Maine - A Maine environmental board has issued draft permits to the developer of a large salmon farm in the state.