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Senator George J. Mitchell Center & Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative


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Sustainability Solutions Initiative Safe Beaches & Shellfish Beds (NEST) Of Pools and People Diadromous Species Restoration Maine Water Resources Research Institute

Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI)
The Sustainability Solutions Initiative is mobilizing the power of Maine’s universities and colleges to tackle complex problems at the intersection of environmental, social and economic issues. From developing tidal power in Cobscook Bay to coping with increased flooding in Ellsworth, more than a dozen SSI research teams are working with citizens and communities across the state to address urgent sustainability challenges. Supported by National Science Foundation award EPS-0904155 to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine.

Safe Beaches & Shellfish Beds (NEST)
A team of researchers led by the University of Maine (UMaine) and the University of New Hampshire (UNH) will conduct a three-year study of the many factors affecting the health of their shared coastal ecosystem. This collaboration aims to strengthen the scientific basis for decision making related to the management of recreational beaches and shellfish harvesting. Supported by National Science Foundation award IIA-1330691 to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine.

Of pools and people: small natural features with large ecosystem functions in urbanizing landscapes
Many landscapes have small natural features that are far more important for maintaining biodiversity or providing ecosystem services than one would expect based on their size. Likewise, many landscapes are urbanizing as communities grow and their development patterns change. Effectively managing these features in urbanizing landscapes presents interesting challenges and opportunities. Supported by National Science Foundation award……

Diadromous Species Restoration Research Network
Diadromous (migratory) fish are experiencing a ‘rebirth’ of late. Researchers, managers, and communities are recognizing that restoring migratory fish can benefit the health of entire river ecosystems. However, in many regions diadromous species restoration is occurring in a scattered and uncoordinated fashion. The Diadromous Species Restoration Research Network (DSRRN) will integrate these diverse activities in ways that improve understanding of ecosystems and enhance restoration outcomes. Supported by National Science Foundation award DEB-0742196.

Maine Water Resources Research Institute
At the land grant university of each state, a small federal grant provides base support for a program that identifies water resources research needs, finds university researchers capable of conducting useful research, and leverages federal funds to sponsor the needed investigations. The State Water Resources Research Institute Program (WRRI)  is administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). As Maine’s congressionally-authorized water institute, the Maine Water Institute receives base funding to operate programs tailored to meet Maine’s water resource needs.

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Senator George J. Mitchell Center & Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative
5710 Norman Smith Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.3244E-mail: umgmc@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System