Sep 20, 2018

Ad Hoc Rockland Harbor Management Plan Committee meetings audio

Ad Hoc Rockland Harbor Management Plan Committee  
Meeting audio recordings

Draft guidelines discussion document.  Meeting with its consultant Noel Musson at city hall, the committee finalized its formal purpose, set groundrules, elected officers, & got presentations on 1)  the Ad Hoc Harbor Management Plan Committee webpage set up by the city webmaster and (2) the final draft of the city survey of cruiseship passengers.
Attendees Ed Glaser, David Leon, Celia Knight, John Jeffers, Bella Feracci, David Grima, Matt Ripley, Noel Musson, Calley Black,  Christos Calivas, Julie Hashem, Ron Huber.

Committee members and others met for two hours in the Rockland Library's Boardroom, hearing from and questioning environmental & economic development consultant Noel Musson on parameters of a new city harbor management plan. Musson's  8/3/18 signed agreement with Rockland
Attendees: Ed Glaser City Council , David Grima, ME Dept of Labor & Rockland Maine Street; Matt Ripley Harbormaster; David Troupe,  Farnsworth Museum, Ron Huber WRFR;  Casey Ohara, Ohara Corp & Journeys End Marina; Christos Calivas Rockland resident; Calley Black, Comp Planning Commission,  Julie Hashem, Rockland Comunity Development Director; Noel Musson, Musson Group; Bella Feracci exec dir Apprentice Shop & interested citizen; John Jeffers,  economic development commission. 

Attendees introduced , discuss hiring of Noel Musson who is sid to have a good references including Belfast work. Hashem as "staff" says he's the chosen consultant.  Discuss consensus and not only our many competing single interests. Cruise ships, marina expansion, fisheries, pollution, harbor change working waterfront versus tourist town.

Attendees Ed Glaser, City Councilor; Lynne Barnard, Rockland resident; David Leon, Harbor Mgmt Commission; David Grima, Dept of Labor; Matt Ripley, Harbormaster; John Jeffers,  Julie Hashem,Rockland Comunity Development Director; Casey O'Hara ,O'Hara Corp, Journeys End; Celia Knight, Knight Marine, Ron Huber, WRFR Community Radio

Sep 19, 2018

GAC Chemical continues acidifying Penobscot Bay. August & September 2018 test results.

9/9/18 GAC shore acid sampling Sites  were selected along the beach/clamflat interface below their abandoned sulfuric acid plant and acid tank. Dark red acidic leachate oozes out at the beach/mudflat interface. See results below photo  White line across the upper middle is foam leaking  into the bay from 1/4 mile down the GAC property.
GAC Chemical Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Plant,  shore remediation site and tainted flats.
9/9/18 pH test results show acid still leaching out along the interface. From left to right in the photo,  samples showed pH 6.0 at left end of photo, dropped to 3.5 then to pH 3.2, then rose slightly to 3.7 for the next two samples , finally rising to p 4.2 at the right end of photo
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082618 GAC shore acid sampling 
826/18 sample sites. Satellite image taken May 10 2018
Sites  were selected  going diagonally from he beach/clamflat interface below the abandoned  acid plant  and across several of the plumes emanating from the shore

pH test results Sample sites  red dots show acid continues leaching out along the interface and onto the flats in a plume.  Top site 5.6; next 4.4,  next 4.3; lower one  a startling pH 2.8!

Discussion: any pH below five will kill fish or damage their reproductive system. Low pH will also liberate  dissolved aluminum and other metals into the water column, freeing them from the silt particles they are stuck to. In this  low pH environment  aluminum ions tend to adhere to the gills of water breathers. Woe to the young salmon venturing forth from the river, that has the misfortune of imbibing that mixture" Her gills will get glazed, and she will exhibit erratic behavior that attracts predators
Tainted flats below remediation site.















Sep 18, 2018

Aquaculture operations in Penobscot Bay and its tributaries

Maine DMR's current (9/20/18) list of aquaculture operations in Penobscot Bay and its tributaries. Click each entry for a pdf of their permit approval decision.  Map of sites













Sep 11, 2018

Bay History, Stockton Harbor tainted flats. Test results from 9/14/16 samples

A succession of chemical and fertilizer factories were built on Stockton Harbor's Kidder Point from the early 20th century to the 1970s.  The waste products from at least two onsite processes: sulfuric acid  and aluminum sulfate manufacturing, were dumped along the Stockton Harbor shore.
Earlier pH testing of site: 1984 * 1990

 09/14/16 Sample Collection Results . Numbers refer to locations on Map 1.

1. Aluminum, 10,600 mg/kg.      Sulfur: 25,400 mg/kg.  pH 5.40

2. Aluminum: 3,545 mg/kg.
Sulfur: 289,7000 mg/kg. pH 3.50.

3.Aluminum: 3,023 mg/kg.
Sulfur 50,400 mg/kg.  pH: 3.12.

4. Aluminum: 1,927 mg/kg.
   Sulfur: 235,500 mg/kg.  pH: 3.40

5. Aluminum: 2,980 mg/kg. Sulfur:150,500 g/kg.  pH: 3.20.

6. Aluminum:  2,805 mg/kg. Sulfur 163,800 mg/kg.  pH:  5.08

7. Aluminum:  9,506 mg/kg.  Sulfur 11,500 mg/kg.  pH:  6.65

8. Aluminum: 11,400 mg/kg. Sulfur 17,500 mg/kg.  pH:  6.31

Sep 7, 2018

Rockland Ad Hoc Harbor Management Plan Committee meeting 9/6/18 AUDIO

On September 6, 2018, Rockland's Ad Hoc Harbor Management Plan Committeeand its consultant Noel Musson met at city hall. 

The committee finalized its formal purpose, set groundrules, elected officers, and got presentations on (1)  the Ad Hoc Harbor Management Plan Committee webpage set up by the city webmaster and (2) the final draft of the city survey of cruiseship passengers, 

Callie Black, Christos Calivas, Julie Hashem
Ad Hoc Harbor Management Plan Committee meeting start 4min 37sec 

Nate Davis on committee's webpage on city website 12min

Committee guidelines  3min 12 sec

* Committee members number  pt 1  6min

Committee composition and number part 2  2min 41sec
Celia Knight * John Jrefers

Committee Purpose Statement. 1min 26sec

Committee officers' duties described 10min 5sec 

Committee officers duties defined 7min 5sec
David Leon & Ed Glaser

Committee groundrules 17min

Elections of chair David Grima, deputy chair Calley Black and secretary  Ed  Glaser

Cruise ship survey plan discussion, approval  27min 43sec     Read survey
Bella Feracci

Harbor Mapping  & data 7 min 57sec

Organizing harbor outings for committee members, land and sea. 4min 51sec

Ad Hoc Harbor Management Plan Committee meeting adjourns, audience chatter 65sec

David Grima








Aug 30, 2018

Rockland Harbor Mgmt Commission 8/28/18 audio UPDATED

Rockland's Harbor Management Commission met August 28, 2018 and considered: abandoned and unused moorings in the harbor; an update on dredging near the city fishpier; a summary of  ad hoc committee meeting with Consultant Noel Musson; reviewed the challenge of overnight parking for visiting harbor boaters; a parking vs pedestrians competing  scenic uses  problem at  harbor end of Crescent Street,  the recent cruise ship  forum and wakes from jetskis and boats.

1. Opening info 1min 35sec 

2.  Fish Pier Report 11min 35sec 

2B  Moorings abandoned and unused 3min 36sec

Harbormaster's Rpt:  Cruiseships. adhoc grp mtg w/consultant  Musson 11min 33sec

4. Parking harbor shore /coastal neighborhoods12min 42secs
4a (excerpt). Parking vs pedestrians at scenic harbor view end of Crescent Street 2min 

5. Cruise ship forum discussion 7min 28sec

6. Jetski and boat wakes in harbor to meeting end. 8min40sec

Aug 22, 2018

Rockland's Ad Hoc Harbor Mgt Plan Committee met 8/22/18 with eco consultant Noel Musson. AUDIO

On August 22, 2018 Rockland's Ad Hoc Harbor Management Plan Committee members and others met for two hours in the Rockland Library's Boardroom, hearing from and questioning environmental & economic development consultant Noel Musson on parameters of a new city harbor management plan. NOTE Topics at links may be broader than the titles suggest.

Attendees: Ed Glaser City Council David Grima, ME Dept of Labor & Rockland MaineStreet; 
Matt Ripley Harbormaster; David Troupe,  Farnsworth Museum, Ron Huber WRFR;  Casey Ohara, Ohara Corp & Journeys End Marina; Christos Calivas Rockland resident; Calley Black, Comp Planning Commission,  Julie Hashem, Rockland Comunity Development Director; Noel Musson, Musson Group; Bella Feraccexec dir Apprentice Shop & interested citizen; John Jeffers,  economic development commission.

Scope of Work for City’s Shore & Harbor Planning Grant 2018, (8 pg pdf)
Introductions, Prelims  8 min 45sec

 Musson Pt 1 intro'd and part 1.  7min 2 sec Committee process

Musson Part 2 6min 45 sec  Basic inventory of the harbor itself. Submerged and shoreline.



Musson Part 3 6min 7 sec Fisheries and Conservation of Harbor

Musson Part 4.   6 min 17sec Public Access to Harbor



Musson Part 5 5min 46sec  Views and Scenic Assets


Musson Part 6. 6min 55sec

Working waterfront & working waters

Musson Part 7.   7min 57sec Stakeholder involvement


Musson Part 8 4min  Stakeholders and comunity


Musson Part 9, 10min 27sec The "who"


Musson Part 10. 10min 7sec  The "how".


Musson Part 11 8min 32sec Gathering information


Musson Part 12. 6min 32sec Cruise ships pt 1

Musson Part 13 7min 54sec  Cruise ships pt 2


Musson Part 14 5min 18sec  Cruise ships pt 3


Musson Part 15  9min 34sec Why survey now?


Musson Part 16. Final 6min 27