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The Lewiston Police Department says a rabid bat was found in a home in the Montello-Sherbrook-Kensington Terrace area last weekend.

Conservation Success Or Pests? Seals Spark Passionate Debate

Oct 5, 2020
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — The increasing number of seals off New England waters has set off a debate over whether there are just too many of these resilient mammals.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Members of the Penobscot Nation say a landfill is dumping waste into the Penobscot River.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

The effects of yesterday's winds are still being felt by some this morning. More than 120,000 customers lost service around the state Wednesday, and early Thursday morning about 35,000 have yet to get it back.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

More than 80,000 homes and businesses in Maine are without power, and the numbers aren’t expected to drop soon.

Matt Rourke / Associated Press/file

AUGUSTA, Maine - Agriculture authorities in Maine say the eggs of an invasive insect that has the ability to harm crops have been located in the state.

U.S. Geological Survey

2020 has been a very dry year. You might have noticed that your garden needs watering more than usual this summer — we've even been hearing of people watering their grass. And that's not something you see a lot of in Maine.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public File 2019

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat representing Maine’s 1st District, has joined 84 U.S. House members in opposing the appointment of a longtime climate denier to a top post at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Environment Canada is warning residents of Atlantic Canada to be wary of a one-two punch from hurricane Teddy.

U.S. Drought Monitor

Almost 60% of Maine is in a "severe drought" stage now.

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.

Wikimedia Commons

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.