Do you reject the Army Corps' proposed mercury-liberating "dredge of dreams" plan to "spoil" upper Penobscot Bay? You should!
On Saturday June 1st, join other Penobscot Bay defenders at and in front of the ghost port on Sears Island, overlooking the Wasumkeag Shoal. Directions: Park on the causeway. Walk island road to ghost port.. Or walk norhtwest shore to ghost port. Boaters' paddlers: come to the Sears Island Buoy in front of the ghost port at noon.
AT ISSUE: If Army Corps of Engineers has its way, then Prock Marine dredge gear will take an 800,000 cubic yard bite out of this shoal, Penobscot Bay's most valuable fish nursery.
This to create a ghost harbor for the Sears Island ghost port! Watch bayhugger boats trace the perimeter of the proposed Big Diggah.
Bring your skills, energies, ideas to bear on the Task: keeping the sunken Mordor of the 19th and 20th century - lurking down in the muck beneath outer Searsport Harbor - from rising up to cast loose a deadly ring of methylmercury around Penobscot Bay!
For, should the Army Corps prevail, then, mercury enriched silt plumes dislodged by the dredgers' jaws will rising off Wassumkeag and spread throughout Searsport Harbor, and to Belfast Bay, leaving a patina of the deadly metal dusting the seaweed, clams, the lobsterbait in trap, the lobsters - and lobster eaters.
Meanwhile, mercurious spoils dumped onto the Rockland Disposal Site will, under the sway of prevailing deep bay currents, be sent streaming back north along both sides of Islesboro, back to Belfast, to Searsport, to Castine; coming together in the shallows of the upper bay.
So say those who fish the upper bay and know it well. Should the Corps get approval and then dump into the site between Islesboro and Belfast instead... - the mind boggles.
Nor will only our waterbreathing cousins imbibe this neurotoxin. New research shows that marine methylmercury that reaches shallow waters transfers quickly and efficiently into the microdroplets of spring and summer bay fogs.
There it can transfer to seabirds' lungs - and yours. As well as every leaf in our foggy coastal forests and island homes and gardens.
Keep the Army Corps of Engineers from loosing this deadly menace upon Penobscot Bay. Already methyl mercury levels of some upper bay lobster claws and tails have risen above state and federal food safety notification levels,
One ring that could sink the hard gained marine sustainability certification of Maine lobster, by requiring mercury warning labels on live and processed lobsters from frozen tails to lobster rolls and stew.