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Nordic Aquafarm
  • Published
    November 11, 2019

    Upstream Watch offers Nordic alternative plan

    Upstream Watch, a local environmental advocacy group currently challenging plans for a proposed land-based salmon farm along the Little River, has suggested an alternative solution — but Nordic Aquafarms says it will not work. According to an Upstream Watch press release issued Nov. 8, consultant David Losee said during a public meeting the night before, “Move the project to suitable land adjacent to Belfast ...

  • Published
    October 25, 2019

    BEP members wade through wet woods during Nordic site walk

    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. Ori...

  • Published
    October 24, 2019

    Hartley Conservation group places boundary markers in disputed intertidal zone

    Friends of Harriet L. Hartley Conservation Area board members have planted signs on the north and south ends of the intertidal zone granted several months ago in a conservation easement to local advocacy group Upstream Watch. The Oct. 19 event drew a crowd of over 70 people, according to Friends of Harriet secretary Andrew Stevenson. People weren't able to walk the full 12-acre area because the tide was rising, ...

  • Published
    October 17, 2019

    Planning Board looks at wildlife, wetlands in Nordic application

    The Planning Board discussed natural resources, wetlands, streams, vernal pools and flooding in conjunction with Nordic Aquafarms' permit application Oct. 16. Opponents argued for more site research to assess the impact on vulnerable species and ecosystems. Nordic is proposing a large land-based salmon farm near the Belfast/Northport line. It has submitted a lengthy application to the city that the Planning Board ...

  • Published
    October 11, 2019

    Planning Board discusses Nordic noise, odor, lights and emissions

    At the Planning Board's ninth special meeting reviewing Nordic Aquafarms' project application, it discussed project lights, odors, noise and emissions. Chairman Steve Ryan recused himself from the vote again, so temporary Chairman Declan O'Connor took his place. Nordic is proposing a large land-based salmon farm near the Belfast/Northport line. It has submitted a lengthy application to the city that the Planning ...

  • Published
    October 11, 2019

    'Friends of Hartley' invite public to meeting Oct. 19

    Friends of Harriet L. Hartley Conservation Foundation will introduce the organization to the Midcoast with an open house at its first annual meeting Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. at The Little River Center, 290 Northport Ave., Belfast. LRC is located directly across Route 1 from the entrance to Belfast Water District. The recently formed citizen-action organization has joined the controversy surrounding Nordic ...

  • Published
    September 25, 2019

    Wells dominate talks on Nordic freshwater use

    Groundwater use proved the most controversial topic Monday night as the city Planning Board took up the freshwater portion of Nordic Aquafarms' application. The company plans to build a land-based salmon farm just off Route 1 near the Belfast/Northport line. It hopes to use three difference sources of freshwater to raise salmon from eggs to market-size — its own drilled wells on the property, surface water pumped ...

  • Published
    August 28, 2019

    Nordic's visual impacts, buffers explained

    Adhering to its time limits on speakers, the Planning Board on Monday night for the first time completed an agenda related to review of Nordic Aquafarms. The company is proposing to build a large land-based salmon farm on Route 1 properties near the Belfast/Northport line and adjacent to the Little River. Many speakers during the public hearings focused on the visual impacts from the Little River trail as well as ...

  • Published
    August 21, 2019

    Residents argue Nordic is 'too young' a company for Belfast project

    Area residents shared concerns about Nordic Aquafarms' technical ability to design and operate a land-based salmon farm with Planning Board members Monday night. In addition, the board accepted another intervenor application, as well as taking several votes to move Nordic Aquafarms' application forward. A number of speakers on the company's technical ability cited its young age — 5 years old — as an indication of ...

  • Published
    August 16, 2019

    BEP declines to dismiss Nordic applications, rules on intervenors

    The state Board of Environmental Protection made several significant decisions this week that indirectly affect Nordic Aquafarms. Board Chairman Mark Draper said the board will not entertain a petition to dismiss the permit applications based on competing claims of title, right and interest. The request was made by abutters Jeffrey Mabee and Judith Grace, who claim ownership of the intertidal lands Nordic hopes ...

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