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Parts of northern Maine could see some significant flooding this weekend into early next week as heavy rain and melting snow force rivers over their banks.

Wild Bee Species Critical To Pollination On The Decline

Apr 18, 2019
Molly Jacobson / University of New Hampshire/via Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. — More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinizing everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study.


Officials in Maine have announced a formal quarantine to slow the spread of a destructive, invasive forest insect found within trees in two areas of the state.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

A South Portland lawmaker says that instead of cutting a swath through western Maine's forest to accommodate its controversial transmission project, Central Maine Power instead should put the line inside an unused oil pipeline that runs from Canada to South Portland.

MYSTIC, Conn. - Addressing the problems caused by dams is still the biggest challenge facing the recovery of the Atlantic salmon.

The National Weather Service has issued a warning for minor Kennebec River flooding in Skowhegan and Augusta.

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An endangered species of whale is experiencing a mini-baby boom in New England waters, researchers on Cape Cod have said.

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The browntail moth will continue to infest coastal Maine again this year, but now it has also moved inland with some winter webs being found in the Bangor area.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

A spring snowfall is hitting Maine, as unusually cold air from Canada collides with moist air from the south. The combination is creating some bands of heavy snow that are expected to spread across the state Monday, dumping up to 10 inches in some areas.

Spring Storm To Dump Up To 5 Inches Of Snow Over Bangor

Apr 7, 2019
Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

A significant storm moving into Maine overnight could bring heavy snow to parts of the state in time for the morning commute.

A coastal storm is delivering a glancing blow to most of Maine, but it's dumping up to a half-foot of snow in Down East regions.

Courtesy University of Maine

ROCKLAND, Maine - Experts in the field of invasive species are meeting in Maine to discuss ways to control unwanted pests in the state.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

AUGUSTA, Maine - Wastewater treatment plants across Maine are working quickly to meet a deadline to begin testing municipal sludge for so-called forever chemicals.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

State environmental regulators opened a week of hearings today on Central Maine Power's proposed 141-mile transmission line through western Maine.

CASTINE, Maine - An environmental advocacy group in rural Maine is looking for volunteers to collect data about smelts, which are tiny fish that have been subject to new protections in the state in recent years.