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Supporters Stump for $10 Million Water Bond

Tom Porter

FALMOUTH, Maine - A coalition of environmentalists, business and municipal leaders and others, gathered in Falmouth this morning to officially launch the Yes on 6 campaign.

Question 6 on the November ballot would provide a $10 million bond issue to invest in Maine's water infrastructure.

"Many of the folks here don't always agree on issues, but we do agree that Question 6 will be good for Maine's economy, Maine's bottom line, and good for the environment," said Kate Dempsey, who is with the Nature Conservancy of Maine, one of more than 20 statewide organizations supporting the proposal.

As well as protecting Maine's clean water, Dempsey says Question 6 will create about 1,000 jobs.
Four-point-two million dollars of the bond would be used to secure $21 million in federal funding to upgrade the state's drinking water system and wastewater treatment facilities.

More than $5 million of the bond would also be spent upgrading stream crossings to reconnect habitat for fish and other wildlife.

The measure is one of six bond proposals on this year's ballot.