The Bangor Daily News published an article about University of Maine graduate student Travis Blackmer and his study on pay-as-you-throw programs in Maine. In the program, households must purchase special trash bags for a fee, otherwise their waste is not collected by the town, according to Blackmer. “The purpose of this research is to provide insight into how citizens in Maine view pay-as-you-throw programs, including their behavioral changes in response to this program being implemented at the town level,” Blackmer told the BDN.
Nearly 700 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students and their teachers from 13 area schools will take part in the 2014 Northern Maine Children’s Water Festival at the University of Maine from 9:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Students will spend the day at the New Balance Field House learning about clean water, wetland ecosystems and the importance of stewarding Maine’s most rapidly renewable resource.
Activities include a quiz show on water issues; classroom activities led by some of the state’s leading environmental educators; a stage show presented by Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center; and a tour of the exhibit hall that will contain interactive displays explaining topics such as what makes soil healthy, how pollution gets into water, and how to find leaky pipes.
The Northern Maine Children’s Water Festival is organized through a partnership of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s 4-H; Maine Sea Grant; UMaine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions; Maine Department of Environmental Protection; Maine Drinking Water Program; as well as other agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Participating schools include Hichborn Middle School in Howland, Dr. Lewis S. Libby School in Milford, Hermon Middle School, Brewer Community School, Glenburn Elementary School, Union Elementary School, Fort Fairfield Middle School, Enfield Station School, Surry Elementary School, Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School, All Saints Catholic School in Bangor, Sedgwick Elementary School and George B. Weatherbee School in Hampden.
The Associated Press reported that Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is giving nearly $500,000 to the Maine Sea Grant Program at the University of Maine. The money will be used to help coastal communities protect themselves against the challenges caused by climate change, according to the article. The funding is part of a larger $15.9 million announcement that will support more than 300 projects nationwide, the article states. Designated as a Sea Grant College, the University of Maine is one of 33 NOAA Sea Grant Programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states. Maine Public Broadcasting Network, WABI (Channel 5), The Republic, WLBZ (Channel 2) and Portland Press Herald carried the AP report.
The St. John Valley Times reported John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, will present an informational session on Question 2 of the November ballot as part of the University of Maine at Fort Kent Board of Visitors’ Business Breakfast Series on Oct. 15. The bond would give $8 million to UMaine Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory. WVII (Channel 7) also carried a report on the bond question and interviewed Jim Dill, a pest management specialist with UMaine Extension. Dill said the facility would be a resource that a large percentage of Mainers would use for services such as tick-borne disease monitoring.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for the report, “New poll indicates gains for Cutler, LePage in Maine governor’s race.” Brewer spoke about the latest polls and some possible race outcomes. “I’ve thought all along that if it were a Michaud-LePage, or for that matter a Cutler-LePage, that LePage would be on the short end of the stick by a relatively substantial margin and he’s not — at least according to this poll,” he said.
Phys.org published a University of Maine article on research by marine scientist Nathan Briggs. Briggs is studying the movement of carbon dioxide into the deep ocean to improve climate projections and understanding of deep-sea ecosystems. He begins a two-year postdoctoral fellowship research project in France that’s funded, in part, by a $194,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). He will collaborate with Hervé Claustre, a senior scientist at Laboratoire d’Oceanographie de Villefranche (LOV) on the Mediterranean Sea.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering its annual sheep and goat seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Kennebec Valley Community College, 92 Western Ave., Fairfield.
The seminar will focus on animal health and strive to equip producers with skills and knowledge to keep their animals healthy and productive. Topics will include prevention and detection of common diseases, health-related tools and a program used to eradicate Scrapie, a degenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system of sheep and goats. Scheduled instructors are Richard Brzozowski, Anne Lichtenwalner and James Weber.
The fee of $35 per person includes lunch and materials. More information and registration are online. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine).