The third season of MPBN’s Sustainable Maine opened on October 2 with “Return of a River”. The first episode in this Emmy-nominated series features SSI researchers from the University of New England and the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve and focuses on the Saco River Estuary. The team is gathering extensive field data to develop a grading system to assess the health of the estuary using key indicators that matter to local stakeholders. The team hopes that through active discussion and problem solving the river will remain a vital resource for the community. “Return of a River” will be repeated at 10am on October 5 and at 1pm on October 6.
The second episode, “Culvert Operations” follows University of Maine and University of Maine Cooperative Extension researchers who are studying the effect of extreme weather events on the many culverts in Maine’s coastal regions. The SSI team is conducting detailed analyses of data on climate, weather, culvert sizes and locations, and decision-making processes to create tools that will help communities maintain and upgrade their culverts. “Culvert Operations” airs at 9pm on October 9 and will be repeated at 10am on October 12 and at 1pm on October 13.
The final episode, titled “Preserving Paradise”, features SSI researchers using new mapping tools and working with stakeholders to allow for “smarter” development across the state. The Alternative Futures Team, based at the University of Maine and University of Maine School of Law, uses focus groups and workshops to help planners and decision-makers figure out what effect the choices they make today may have on the economic, social and environmental future of their communities. “Preserving Paradise” airs at 9pm on October 16 and will be repeated at 10am on October 19 and at 1pm on October 20.
For more information or to view past seasons of Sustainable Maine, please visit our website.