The Maine Board of Environmental Protection met Thursday at Belfast Water District headquarters to tour Nordic Aquafarms’ proposed development site for a land-based salmon farm.

Maine Department of Environmental Protection staff used maps Oct. 24 to show BEP members the physical locations of facilities and land features. There was no public discussion as the board became familiar with the proposed site layout.

Originally scheduled to walk the site Wednesday but rained out, board members slogged through tall grass, wet soil and thick woods. The loose gravel path through a field on the property ended at a wooded trail. DEP staff led attendees into the woods to view a stream next to the proposed development site.

Maine DEP staff took board members to Perkins Road and Bayside landing to see where Nordic plans to build its discharge pipe.

Members of opposition group Upstream Watch and some property owners identified as parties of interest attended the site walk. Members of The Fish Are Okay! attended in support of the project.

Nordic’s application will be discussed during a public hearing in Augusta that has yet to be scheduled, according to BEP staff member Cynthia Bertocci.


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