Belfast to Bangor: Restoring Lower Penobscot River as an ECO-ECO Corridor


Community Happenings
Belfast Library, 3rd floor meeting room
106 High Street, Belfast, Maine 04915
Ron Huber
ron.huber@penbay.org
207-593-2744
www.penbay.net
May 07, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Photo by: google earth The Penobscot Estuary Corridor

BELFAST TO BANGOR: Restoring Lower Penobscot River as an ECO-ECO Corridor

In the 18th 19th and early 20th centuries Bangor, Bucksport, Belfast, Searsport and other Penobscot River and Bay towns were closely connected culturally, economically, ecologically and agriculturally via their shared commons: the waters of Penobscot River and Bay.

Can we bring this conection back? Should we?  Join the Friends of Penobscot Bay in the Belfast Library's Third floor Meeting Room on May 7th at 6pm, and join this important discussion.

BACKSTORY. Bay & river shipping between Penobscot Bay communities and the City of Bangor has sharply declined. Petroleum transport to Bangor by barge halted 7 years ago; there are fewer cargoes travelling from the bay  up to Bangor than ever.

At the same time the ecology of Penobscot Estuary (the tidal river  between Bangor and the Bay), has begun to improve, especially since the removal of two dams from the mainstem of the Penobscot River.

Is there a way we can restore & better the economic and artistic links  between Penobscot Bay's towns and their historic Queen City, while keeping this ecological restoration continuing? What safe and sensible cargoes might be brought up and down the tidal Penobscot River?

We will also discuss top Penobscot Bay issues: increased mercury pollution of the bay airshed as proposed by Dragon Cement in Thomaston, plans for two mega hotels in Rockland, Searsport's harbor dredging application, GAC Chemical's eroding acid wastes, the state of the bay's outfalls – And more!

All are welcome to come share their knowledge and questions on all Penobscot Bay-related subjects.

Free and open to the public. For more information call the Friends of Penobscot Bay at 593-2744 or by email coastwatch@gmail.com.