July 8th, 2013 4:33 PM
Mitchell Center researcher Sarah Nelson recently completed a report that brings together data spanning 30 years of sampling at a set of 31 of the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency’s Long Term Monitoring Network lakes (called TIME lakes). The lakes were originally part of EMAP, the EPA’s Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program. These lakes are sensitive to acidic deposition, and they span a broad range of landscape settings and disturbance histories. As lakefront property has become more thickly-settled by seasonal and year-round homes, and urban areas have grown more congested, some lakes have also become sentinels of human stressors across the region. Other lakes have become less human-affected: forests in New England’s more rural areas are now more continuous than during the 19th Century. Climate change exerts additional pressure across the region, and with their long-term data record, these lakes may serve as a template for predicting the effects of these changes on freshwaters in the region. An evolving program, TIME now characterizes surface waters across the region in response to landscape and temporal change, with current research projects leveraging the base monitoring program to evaluate climate change effects on surface waters, and mercury in northeastern ecosystems.
Taken together, the TIME lakes provide a picture of response to acidic deposition across the Northeast. They also illustrate the wide variability in lakes across the region: from tiny remote ponds to large, crowded lakes with beaches and speedboats. With more than 20 years of data collected under the guidance of EPA, the lakes represent a long-term record sampled at a regional scale. Although some features of a lake or watershed may limit interpretation of patterns in their geochemistry or response to a specific stressor, those lakes provide information about other concurrent stressors.
Contributors were Adam J. Baumann, University of New Hampshire; Alesha Coffin, University of Maine student; Ken Johnson, Husson University; Catherine Schmitt, Maine Sea Grant; and Kristin Strock, University of Maine. The project was funded by US EPA-CAMD (Clean Air Markets Division).
July 3rd, 2013 9:33 AM
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Annual Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
College of the Atlantic Campus
Bar Harbor, ME
The festival begins at 10 AM. Free and open to the public, this popular event draws a wide variety of enthusiastic visitors year after year ranging from professional basket collectors to vacationers to local residents. Co-hosted by the Abbe Museum, the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, and the College of the Atlantic, the festival is considered Maine’s largest annual gathering of Native American artists. Meet the artists while learning about and purchasing Wabanaki baskets, carvings, beadwork, dolls and other of handmade items. The day-long event includes Native music, dance, storytelling, craft demonstrations and food.
For information, call 207/288-3519 or visit www.abbemuseum.org
June 27th, 2013 9:47 AM
Talk of the Towns on WERU Community Radio
Friday, June 28, 2013 10:00-11:00 am
Topic: The role of sustainability science in helping us weather the storms
Esperanza Stancioff, Extension Professor, UM Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant
Michelle Gagnon, Planner, City of Ellsworth
Michelle Beal, City Manager, City of Ellsworth
Shaleen Jain, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cooperating Associate Professor, Climate Change Institute
You can listen to the radio broadcast by tuning in to 89.9 FM in Blue Hill, 99.9 in Bangor or by streaming and podcasting world wide at www.weru.org.
June 7th, 2013 9:22 AM
University of New England associate professor James Sulikowski, a researcher on the SSI project “Sustaining Quality of Place in the Saco River Estuary through Community Based Ecosystem Management“, netted a 7 foot long, 250lb Atlantic sturgeon as part of his SSI research on the Saco river.
See full Bangor Daily News article…
June 6th, 2013 12:39 PM
On March 28th of this year, New Hampshire reported the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) (EAB) in the state, making it the 19th state in the U.S. to be infected. EAB is an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees. Now on the doorstep of Maine, the University of Maine, in collaboration with the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA), will host a half day symposium on the EAB and what can be done to slow its spread on June 21st, at 8:30AM in Wells Conference Center, Room 2, University of Maine, Orono, Maine.
Coordinated by faculty at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center and Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative, the symposium will include speakers from the US Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the US Forest Service, the Maine Forest Service, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, as well as Wabanaki tribal resource gatherers who rely on Brown Ash trees for the art and tradition of basket weaving that has been handed down from one generation to the next. According to Theresa Secord, executive director of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, “environmental stewardship and protection of the ash reflects our grave concern as Wabanaki tradition bearers, for our ancestral weaving materials, and for the sacred place (in the ash tree) where we trace our Creation.”
Please contact Jennifer Neptune at JenniferMIBA@aol.com or Carol Hamel at 207-581-3195 for more information and to register for the symposium. Registration will close on June 14th.
May 28th, 2013 12:06 PM
Researchers at the Mitchell Center’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative are closely watching the movement of an invasive beetle known as the emerald ash borer (EAB). The beetle has recently been discovered in New Hampshire’s ash trees and now poses a serious threat to Maine. According to the USDA Forest Service, EAB was introduced into North America sometime in the 1990′s, and was first reported killing ash (Fraxinus) trees in the Detroit and Windsor, Michigan areas, in 2002. The adult EABs feed on the leaves of ash species, causing minor damage. They then lay eggs in the bark of these trees. When their larvae hatch, they burrow into the trees feeding on the inner bark, and eventually killing the tree.
See full media release…
May 28th, 2013 10:21 AM
Two University of Maine sophomores have been named winners of the George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship and will study abroad in Ireland as part of the student exchange program.
George J. Mitchell Scholars Gwendolyn Beacham and Lorna Harriman will each spend a semester at the University College Cork in Ireland. The scholarship honors the 1998 Northern Ireland peace accord brokered by Sen. Mitchell between Ireland and the United Kingdom and is open to full-time undergraduate students in the University of Maine system.
The scholarship allows one student to study for a year in Ireland or two students to study for a semester each with all expenses paid, including airfare. This year, for the first time, both winners are from the Orono campus. See more…
May 28th, 2013 10:19 AM
Shaleen Jain, SSI researcher and a PI on various WRRI projects, has been appointed as an Editor of the Journal of Water and Climate Change. The journal publishes refereed research and practitioner papers on all aspects of water science, technology, management and innovation in response to climate change, with emphasis on reduction of energy usage. The journal is a publication of the International Water Association and is available online.
May 28th, 2013 10:18 AM
Michael Dandy, a junior in UMaine’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept.,was the recipient of a Center for Undergraduate Research Fellowship at UMaine for his SSI research project titled, “Extreme Rainfall in a Changing Climate: Developing New Methodologies to Inform Infrastructure Design,”. Michael’s faculty adviser on the project is Shaleen Jain who co-leads the SSI research project, “Helping Communities Weather the Storms”. Michael is working on understanding basic principles of hydrologic design (especially culverts) and implications of extreme storms on infrastructure vulnerability. Michael went on to present his research 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Michael also presented his research at the UMaine Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) Showcase annual event held at UMaine each April.
May 28th, 2013 10:15 AM
Three more episodes in the “Sustainable Maine” series are currently being produced by MPBN, Maine EPSCoR, and SSI for broadcast in fall 2013. The first video titles “Return of a River” is about researchers from the University of New England studying the Saco River Estuary.
The second video, “Culvert Operations” follows University of Maine and Maine Cooperative Extension researchers who are studying the effect of extreme weather events on the many culverts in Maine coastal regions, focusing on Ellsworth. The final episode titled “Mapping Maine’s Future” presents how researchers from the University of Maine are using new mapping tools and working with stakeholders to allow for “smarter” development across the state.