Jul 20, 2017

Rockland Fishpier Dredge plan FOAA docs June 2016 to July 2017.

On July 20th, Ron Huber of  FOPB met with Rockland Harbormaster Matt Riley to discuss a FOAA request for info on dredge plans for Rockland's Municipal Fish Pier. 
Ripley then sent Huber the below emails and documents. They date from June 26, 2016 to July 19,2017. Thanks Matt!

2016 first then 2017

NOTE: attachment links at ends of pages won't work. Those attachments are posted separately with an  * asterix* in front of name.

2016  Emails relating to Rockland Fishpier dredging and renovation

062616_Richard Whitman fisherman, Matt Ripley

062616_Bud Brown president EcoAnalysts, Inc to Audra Caler-Bell; Matt Ripley Cc: Tim Forrester; Lisa Vickers

* 070816 Refined sample map

070916_Bud Brown. Audra Caler-Bell; Matt Ripley Cc: Tim Forrester; Lisa Vickers

071116_ Bud Brown, Audra Caler-Bell; Matt Ripley Cc: Steve Durrell

080916_Peter Tischbein ACOE Cc: Jay Clement ACOE; Shawn Mahaney ACOE; Audra Caler-Bell; Matt Ripley; Tim Forrester; Lisa Vickers(biologist,EcoAnalysts) 

* 080916 Rockland Fish Pier Grain Size Analysis for Use of Sand as Cover for Dredge Material.

090216_Kim King (MDOT) to Brian Downey (ME Pilotage Assn) re Port Safety Forums 106 & 107

090916_Peter Blanchard DEP  to Matt Ripley.

091916_Peter Tischbein to Ripley

112216  Carol Woodcock (Senator Collins), Matt Ripley, Nick Battista (Island Institute), Patricia Aho, (Collins)

2017 Emails relating to Rockland Fishpier Dredgeing and renovation

Jul 19, 2017

Rockland Harbor Commission 7/19/17 mtg ponders fish pier dredge issues, weighs costs of alternatives. AUDIO

At their  July 19, 2017 meeting  the Rockland Harbor Mgmt Commission discussed  plans to  dredge the sides and end of the Rockland Fish Pier and dump the spoils either on Snow Marine Park or at the Rockland Disposal Site in mid Bay Background info.

Audio recordings of the two Fish Pier dredge plan-related discussions at the meeting. Below the meeting photo is a recording from the June 27th mtg of the Harbor Commission about the dredge plan.   

Part 1  "Fish Pier Dredge Report & discussion. 8 minutes 

Part 2, "Snow Marine Park Spoils Report" 7min 44sec

Harbor Commission 6/27/17 
Fish Pier Dredge Report, discussion  6 min 13sec

Jun 24, 2017

Dredging - Rockland Harbor Fishpier and beyond.

Quick facts Rockland harbor existing dredged channels info

1. Army Corps of Engineers on Rockland harbor navigation  Harbor map 

3. Reviews, discussion of Maine dredging  governance

January 2016 .Safe Harbors: A Comparative Analysis of Dredging Regulation in New England U Maine School of Law.  (Scroll down for Maine section)

State Govt Role in dredging in Maine
Maine Coastal Program (MCP) coordinates state agencies involved in dredging and disposal

Maine DMR  Environmental Permit Reviewer
Penobscot Bay Dredging reviews by former DMR  reviewer Brian Swan
11/8/12 Camden Harbor Dredge (to DEP) 
12/18/12 Camden Harbor Dredge (to BPL) 
12/18/12 Camden Inner Harbor dredge . BPL


Contaminated Sediment Remediation Guidance for Hazardous Waste Sites

Cleaning Up Contaminated Sediment Citizen's Guide

Applications to Dredge or to Dispose of Dredged Material in Coastal Waters

Maine Natural Resources Protection Act (NRPA)

38 §480-D. Standards. 9. Dredging

9. Dredging. If the proposed activity involves dredging, dredge spoils disposal or transporting dredge spoils by water, the applicant must demonstrate that the transportation route minimizes adverse impacts on the fishing industry and that the disposal site is geologically suitable. 
The Commissioner of Marine Resources shall provide the department with an assessment of the impacts on the fishing industry of a proposed dredging operation in the coastal wetlands. The assessment must consider impacts to the area to be dredged and impacts to the fishing industry of a proposed route to transport dredge spoils to an ocean disposal site. The Commissioner of Marine Resources may hold a public hearing on the proposed dredging operation. 
In determining if a hearing is to be held, the Commissioner of Marine Resources shall consider the potential impacts of the proposed dredging operation on fishing in the area to be dredged. If a hearing is held, it must be within at least one of the municipalities in which the dredging operation would take place. 
If the Commissioner of Marine Resources determines that a hearing is not to be held, the Commissioner of Marine Resources must publish a notice of that determination in a newspaper of general circulation in the area proposed for the dredging operation.
 The notice must state that the Commissioner of Marine Resources will accept verbal and written comments in lieu of a public hearing. The notice must also state that if 5 or more persons request a public hearing within 30 days of the notice publication, the Commissioner of Marine Resources will hold a hearing. If 5 or more persons request a public hearing within 30 days of the notice publication, the Commissioner of Marine Resources must hold a hearing. 

In making its determination under this subsection, the department must take into consideration the assessment provided by the Commissioner of Marine Resources. The permit must require the applicant to:

A. Clearly mark or designate the dredging area, the spoils disposal route and the transportation route;
B. Publish in a newspaper of general circulation in the area adjacent to the route the approved transportation route of the dredge spoils; and .]
C. Publish in a newspaper of general circulation in the area adjacent to the route a procedure that the applicant will use to respond to inquiries regarding the loss of fishing gear during the dredging

(End of dredge section of statute)

Applications to Dredge or to Dispose of Dredged Material in Coastal Waters

May 13, 2017

ME Legis' Marine Resources Comm May 10, 2017 worksession on LD 1438 AUDIO MP3

On May 10, 2017, the Maine Legislature's Marine Resources Committee approved an amended version of LD1438 "An Act To Improve the Aquaculture Leasing and Licensing Laws."   Listen to the 5/10/17 work session on LD 1438 (47min)  
Or in parts: Pt 1 12min  **  Part 2. 8min54sec  **Part 3. 9min 44sec  ** Part 4. 8min 50sect **  Part  5  to end    Listen to May 1, 2017 public hearing on 1438. (46min)

Read Official summary of LD1438 below links to filed comments 

Belle, Sebastian
Maine Aquaculture Association
Crimp, JamesIsland Institute
de Koning, FionaAcadia Aqua Farms, LLC
Devin, MichaelMaine State Legislature
Dobbins, PaulOcean Approved, Inc.
Gilbert, DeirdreDepartment of Marine Resources
Steverlynck, ValyFreeport

"This bill amends the aquaculture leasing and licensing laws. 

* It removes the prohibition on the provision by the Department of Marine Resources of promotional and marketing assistance to the aquaculture industry. 

* It extends the potential term of an aquaculture lease from 10 to 20 years. 

It changes the order of preference for lease applications to include in the 2nd position an individual who currently holds a limited-purpose aquaculture license for the area. 

It provides a process by which a holder of a standard lease could seek an expansion of the lease area by up to 10% once during the duration of the lease without having to apply for a new lease. 

It places the licensed activities and criteria for limited-purpose aquaculture licenses in separate statutory provisions. 

It requires a limited-purpose aquaculture license holder to specify if the license is for commercial or personal use and to identify the growing area and current classification of the area. 

It adds consideration of any risk to public health to the criteria used in determining whether to grant a limited-purpose aquaculture license. 

It adds to the eligibility criteria for a limited-purpose aquaculture license the completion of any educational courses that may be required by the Commissioner of Marine Resources.


ME Legislature to vote on tightening restrictions on creating new category of political parties

Important Changes to Mainers'  political and civic rights  happened at the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee  of the legislature on May 10, 2017.  Listen to the recorded discussions then the committee votes in approval of bills LD 1591 and LD 1571. 

May 10, 2017  Meeting introduction 2min

LD 1591   Lobbying by Former Legislators and Former Executive Branch Officials"  Imposes a one year no-paid-lobbying minimum after leaving office. Listen to LD1591's worksession and vote. 14min 36sec 

During the work session both the secretary of state and a professional lobbyist spoke at length in favor of the bill.

 LD 1571  "An Act To Amend the Election Laws Relating to Party Qualification" creates a new category of political party in Maine: the "Minor Party"   Listen to LD 1571 worksession 51min      Key Points: 

Minor parties to have 2 major differences from majors
1.Need minimum 5,000  enrolled voters to qualify as a legitimate political party, 
2. Select candidates at conventions.

 Major Parties (Ds and Rs) 
1. Need minimum o\50,000 enrolled voters to qualify 
2. Select candidates via primaries. 

May 8, 2017

Me legislators hold hearing & worksession on bill to revamp state laws on archives & records-keeping. Vote OTP.

A bill changing  the state of Maine's archives and records management laws had both its public hearing and worksession  on May 8, 2017, and was then reported out with an Ought To Pass

The bill is  LD 1567 "An Act To Amend the Archives and Records Management Law"

Submitted testimony:
Matthew Dunlap testimony, Secretary of State
Roger Katz, Maine State Legislature 

Official summary of the changes the bill brings to state and local records management
"This bill makes the following changes to the archives and records management laws:
1. Adds language to specify that it is the policy of the State to ensure that nonpermanent records are preserved for the time required by an approved records retention schedule;
2. Adds language to include the advice from the Archives Advisory Board in the State Archivist's consideration of what constitutes an archival record, to change the definition of state agency or agency to include all government agencies that transmit records to the Maine State Archives and to change the definition of electronic records;
3. Adds language to specify the 2nd organizational unit within the Maine State Archives is records management and adds language to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 94 that was stricken from Title 5, section 95 regarding powers and duties of the State Archivist;
4. Changes the laws governing the State Archivist to reflect the 2 organizational units of the Maine State Archives: archives services and records management. It adds language to strengthen the records management practices for all state and local government agencies by using 4 criteria in the development of a guiding records retention schedule: administrative use, legal requirements, fiscal and audit requirements and historical and research value;
5. Specifies when local government records may be destroyed;
6. Repeals and replaces the laws governing the Archives Advisory Board to change the expertise required of members, to provide that members are appointed by the Secretary of State and to provide 3-year terms for members; and
7. Removes the requirement that the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs but retains the requirement that the board report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters, which is the committee of oversight for the Maine State Archives. It also removes a reference to funding a full-time position that was eliminated in Public Law 2015, 
End of summary

Maine bill to ban towns from having pesticide ordinances fails!

AUGUSTA.  LD 1505: “An Act To Create Consistency in the Regulation of Pesticides“ had a public hearing on May first, followed by two work sessions by the Maine Legislature's State and Local Government committee on  May 8th and May 15th.

The May 15th worksession  lasted only 90 seconds but that  was long enough for the committee to give LD 1505l an Ought Not To Pass

Listen to the May 8th Worksession  in which they ponder the info they'd gotten 
Part 1. Introduction; summary of public hearing comments. 9min 19sec

Part 2, Gary Corbin ME Municipal Assoc 8min 24sec

Part 3. Lebelle Hicks, State Toxicologist 6min 25sec

Part 4. Deven Morrill, chair Board of Pesticides Control  12min 12sec

Part 5. Mary Ann Nahf, Harpswell Conservation Commission. 6min 11sec

Part 6. Discussion and decision to hold another mtg 5/10/17. 3min 51sec

The bill would both kill all existing town pesticide related ordinances in Maine, and forbid  creation of new ones. The state offered an amendment that would still kill the ordinances but would allow towns to apply  to the Board of Pesticides Control for approval of new plans. 

Many in the committee remain opposed to the bill, especially as an infringment on municipal Home Rule which allows towns to pass ordinances that are strong than certain state laws.

The committee voted to hold another worksession Wednesday before voting on the controversial bill. 

Three Penobscot Bay towns have pesticide ordinances Rockland, Owls Head and Castine  Twenty six other Maine towns also have such ordinances.

May 6, 2017

Supporters of the MAV floating wind turbines plan have yet to take seriously (let alone discuss) the predicted effects of the project on the hydrodynamics of the Gulf of Maine off Penobscot Bay.

Yet the scientific consensus is that the wind shadow of reduced wind velocity (-25%) immediately downwind of an ocean windbturbine continues well into the water column below. The reduced velocity of those waters, compared to the water outside the windfarm's shadow, results in creation of an upwelling of waters from the lower water column to the surface.
As Norwegian expert Goran Brostrom, who's familiar with Maine's offshore wind plans, puts it, a wind decrease of 25% corresponds to a 50% decrease in wind stress at the surface. By the time 20 years have blown past, the two floating turbines chugging away will have earned hundreds of million dollars or more selling electricity. This money will then be used to set up more of them further offshore Focusing on whether the project saves carbon providing provide electricity for Monheganians