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
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

Aug 17, 2018

Belfasters & neighbors urge planning board to restart on Nordic Aqua Farms-friendly zoning changes.

On August 15th more than a hundred people attended a Belfast Planning board  meeting at the Troy Howard Middle School.  Nearly all of the two dozen who spoke urged the board to reject the proposed zoning changes (listen below) that the Belfast city council had come up with and do a re-start, with the planning board properly evaluating them first. It was noted that a lawsuit filed by two Belfast residents is challenging the lawfulness of the City Council's process of developing the changes.  Those changes were detailed by city planner Wayne Marshall in a 33 minute presentation before the public comments began.
(Note: Name corrections appreciated and acted on)

*  Intro planning board discussion 3min32sec

City planner Wayne Marshall describes proposed changes 33 minutes  Listen to Marshall's talk broken into 10 short sections 

*. Intro to public comments . 46seconds

* Sid Block, 1min 36sec

* Bruce McGlauflin 1 min 36sec

* James Merkel 5 min 21 sec

* Ellie Daniels 4min 56sec

John Krueger Northport 4min 55sec

Chris Wright, Belfast, 1 min 20sec

* Aimee Moffitt-Mercer 2min14sec

Kiril Lozanov 3min 40sec

* Phyllis Coelho 6min 17sec

Deborah Capwell 4min 29sec

* Ethan Hughes  7min 20sec

* Steve Byers 4min 44sec

* Lew McGregor 2min 30sec

* Suzanne Stone 3min 22sec

* Jessica Miller 1min 14sec

* Natalie Charles, 51 sec

* Michael Finnegan 1 min 30sec

*  Samantha ____3min 15sec

Steve Ryan Chamber_Commerce 1min 50 sec

* Barry Crawford 1min 57sec

* Paul Bernacki 5min 21sec

* Dirk 
Faegre 5min 47sec

*Ridgely Fuller 5min 54sec this

Pub comments over, Marshall sums up, mtg ends  3min 9sec

Wayne Marshall on proposed Belfast responses to Nordic aquaculture plan

On August 15, 2018 Belfast city planner Wayne Marshall gave the city  planning board meetinga 33 minute summary of the city responses  and requirements that the Nordic aquaculture plan must meet ,  and the amendments that he and the council have  proposed  Because Marshall is such an information-rich speaker, we've broken his half hour talk into 10  segments of varying lengths

1      4min 16sec

2     6 min 17sec

3      3min 30sec

4     4min 40sec

5     1min 20sec

6     42sec

7    4min 8 sec

8      4min 55sec

9    1min 45sec

10 3min 37sec

Aug 15, 2018

Rockland City Council:hears public comments on Cruise Ship Cap order AUDIO MP3s

Listen below as 34 members of the public and businesses spoke out at the August 13, 2018  Rockland City Council meeting. Topic:  Order 51 " Adopting Cruise Ship Shore Policy"  to establish a cruise ship  visitors cap, and the broader issue of the effect of reducing or  growing the cruise ship visits to Rockland and the bay   Listen below. The City Council then discussed and adopted  Order 51 as amended (Raising the daily passenger cap from 2500 to 3000. And removing the monthly cap of 9,000 passengers and replacing it with a cap of 6 ships
Intro 50 seconds
Mike Grondin 2min 57sec

George Stevens 5min 35sec
Ken Pride 3min 42sec
Lynne Archer 3min 10sec
David Wiley 3min 20sec
Sally Wiley 3min38sec
Rose Wilson 3min 30sec
Leslie Paul 1min 50sec

Benjamin Dorr 1 min 10sec

Jonathan Tardiff, Estate Jewelry Emporium 2min45 sec
Connie Swaggert Seagull Cottage 2min 31sec
Tom Peaco Chamber Commerce 5min 15sec
David Troup 3min 40sec
Pat O'Brien Vinegar, 5min 51sec
"Sarah" 1min 35sec
Ruth Starr 1min 58sec
Eric Kiefer 6 min 30sec
Gordon Macaleer, Bixby 1min50sec
David Gelinas, Penobscot Bay and River pilots 4min 58sec
Brian Reid 2min 30sec

Katherine Whitney Bar Harbor resident 4min30sec
Linda Hanson Sailboat resident  3 min 7 sec
Beth Pauley 1 min 19sec
Rhonda Nordstrom,Rheal Day Spa  Rockland , 4min
Siera Dietz Grasshopper Shop 2min 1
Josh Moore 3 min 27sec
Resident state street 1min 43sec

Gordon Paige RocklandMaineSt 3min
Louise Mclellan Ruf 5min 32 sec
Jeff Parker 1 min 42sec
Chris Mayer 2min 47sec
Callie Black Rockland Heart and Soul, 47sec

Robert Reed, 2min
Nick Palmer to end. 2min 35sec

Jul 27, 2018

Cruise ship industry presenter gets grilled at 7/27/18 Rockland public relations meeting

On July 27,  Bryan Salerno of CLIA Cruise Lines Industry Assn gave a talk on the environmental impacts of his industry.   While Salerno could barely find any issues, the audience relentlessly pursued a variety of issues, som0e that left Salerno stumped.

1. Introduction 2min 44sec

2  Brian Salerno presentation pt 1 8min 32sec

3 Brian Salerno pt 2. 3min

4 Brian Salerno pt 3 Sulfur 3min 3sec

5 Brian Salerno pt 4 Carbon 2min27sec

Brian Salerno pt 5. 2min

7 Brian Salerno pt 6. 3min 47sec

8 Brian Salerno pt 7. 2min 25sec

9 Brian Salerno pt 8 graywater 52sec

10 Brian Salerno discharges high seas 4min3sec

11 Brian Salerno safety  3min 7sec

12 Brian Salerno Community relations 3min

Q&A 1. 6min 16sec

Q&A 2 7min 33sec

Q&A 3 8min 3sec

Q&A 4 8min 125sec

Q&A 5. 6min 2sec

Q&A 6 4min 26sec

Audience after talk 2min 14sec

Rockland Harbor Plan committee held first meeting July 25th. AUDIO online

Jul 17, 2018

Belfast's secret river

One of midcoast Maine's best kept secrets in Belfast along its southern border with Northport on water district land is the Little River Community Trail. Three of us hiked it Sunday morning to see where a Salmon aquaculture initiative is proposed, finding workmen with chainsaws and a skidder removing trees.

From a picturesque ocean viewing dam on Route 1 a pine needle-coated trail meanders northwesterly beside a narrow pond called Little River Reservoir through swales, knolls and groves of evergreens with fluctuating pretty undeveloped frontage vistas. Except for the brick Water District office near the lower dam the only building in sight along the shore was a white house on the Northport side. A chewed-off tree stump next to its trunk signalled the presence of beavers.

Further ahead the pond narrows into a stream called Little River, remaining in view of the trail rising above it as a field comes into sight to its right, and then both intersect newly-paved Perkins road meeting Congress Street and Herrick Road, about a mile from the trail head by the lower dam.

After a short distance on the road another dam appears across the street and a second trail continues along the bank of the pond it forms, although the map calls it “Little River Community Trail,” and names the second pond “Upper Little River Reservoir.” even though the trail is bisected by two streets.

Almost as lovely as the lower trail, upper Little River Community Trail winds around the Airport and emerges at “Walsh Field Recreation Area” opposite Troy Howard school on Lincolnville Avenue.

For over 40 years I have driven by both ends of this lovely trail without knowing it existed. Walking through the pond-side needles on a summer day reminds me of Henry David Thorough's Walden Pond where I learned how to swim as a child.

On stakes and trees along the trail were bright colored surveyors' ribbons. Let's hope that construction of the aquaculture initiative doesn't mar this precious resource so the wild life habitat around these trails remains for posterity.

Pictures here show some of the features of Little River Community Trail.

Randall Parr

Jul 14, 2018

Regarding Penobscot Bay Aquaculture initiatives

Appleton citizen Randall Parr addresses common concerns about the proposal for land based salmon farming

Apprehensions been voiced about land-based Atlantic Salmon farms proposed near Penobscot Bay.

In their aquatic environment over 95 percent of baby wild salmon die before adulthood, while most of those in salmon farms fed copious amounts of food without predation should live through maturity.

Fish oil, which fresh Salmon when eaten as food provide, contain Omega-3 fatty acids that help heart and circulatory systems is prescribed by doctors to reduce risk of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death for humankind. Salmon also contain Vitamin D, Riboflavin, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron,  Zinc, Iodine, Magnesium, and Potassium. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice a week as part of a healthy diet.

Concerns were raised about the quantity of water Salmon farms would extract to circulate in fish tanks from wells in Belfast. Copious rainfalls in recent years continue to amply recharge aquifers in coastal Maine, and unlimited seawater is available for desalinization for land-based fish farms.

Land-based Atlantic Salmon farms can be expected to increase jobs, incomes, sales, tax revenues, and economic activity. These projects should expand the economy, reduce youth out-migration which has bedeviled Maine for decades, keep small businesses alive, and workers busy.

Fecal discharges through underwater pipes extending into Penobscot Bay from shore in Belfast has  been another concern of citizens. Predicted waste pipe contents have not yet been made public, but filtered salmon excrement is expected to be its principle contents. Due to over-fishing and other reasons, wild Haddock, Cod, Swordfish, Tuna, Atlantic Salmon and other Penobscot Bay fish populations have fallen in recent years, reducing the natural recurrence of fish excrement in the water.

Fish poop augments water plant propagation like fertilizer stimulates vegetable growth on land. Containing nitrogen and nutrients, fish waste nourishes species at the bottom of the food chain, which sustains fish and sea creatures that eat them and others that feed on them.

Chlorophyll-containing green water plants also photosynthesize oxygen from carbon dioxide in seawater so that fish can absorb it through their gills into their bloodstreams like mammals do from air through our lungs. If current aquaculture initiatives pan out, wild Cod, Haddock, Tuna and Swordfish poop reduction, due to decline of these species may be offset by farmed Salmon waste, which could increase sea life in the bay and make wild fish more abundant.

Some are afraid that forest wild life habitat will be clear cut to build this facility. Citizens should participate in this process to prevent that.

We should encourage these initiatives but ensure they have positive environmental impacts by participating in the process.

Randall Parr
Appleton, ME 04862