Environment

Portland Water District's TroutKids Program - the release

This month, students from nine schools will bid adieu to their aquatic classmates in the highlight of the Portland Water District's TroutKids Program - the release.  Before releasing their Brook trout fry, students will determine if the location is clean or polluted through various tests.  Students will test the stream for dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, turbidity, flow, and temperature and collect aquatic insects which are indicators of water quality.

Classes have spent the winter nurturing baby Brook trout eggs in chilled incubator tanks while learning the basics of water quality protection.
The TroutKids Program combines hands-on learning with study of a range of subjects, including ecosystems and biodiversity, water quality and pollution, habitat protection, trout anatomy and life cycle, data collection and analysis, and watershed protection. Many students have experience fishing for Brook trout; a species native to Maine.

Guided nature hike along Sebago Lake - Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, the Portland Water District invites the public to explore the lively sights and sounds of spring with a guided nature hike along Sebago Lake. 

WHEN: Friday, April 22

1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Sebago Lake Ecology Center

At the intersection of Routes 237 and 35, Standish

The hike is free and registration is required: sebagolake@pwd.org

Suitable for adults and children age 7+.

 

Earth Day Clean-up -Westbrook

Local Daisy troop will help to clean-up Riverbank Park in Westbrook to celebrate Earth Day.

What: In honor of Earth Day on Friday, April 22, a troop of Daisy Scouts will help clean up Riverbank Park in Westbrook.

When: Friday, April 22, at 11:45 a.m.

Where: Riverbank Park, Main Street in Westbrook.

Why: Daisy Troop #574 from Westbrook has been learning about the importance of community service and taking care of the Earth.  One of their community service projects is to help clean up trash on Earth Day at Riverbank Park. The park is home to a playground that is used by hundreds of children each week.

Who: Girls ages 5-6 who are members of Girl Scout Daisy Troop #574 in Westbrook.

 

 

Earth Day Project Showcases Positive Partnership

On Friday, April 22, the Portland Water District (PWD) is offering a free, public hike along nature trails that meander through Maine’s abundant habitats near Sebago Lake: Thanks to a little help from USM’s Environmental Studies students. 

The Portland Water District works with schools to expand learning outside the classroom including a long-standing partnership with the Department of Environmental Science (DES) at the University of Southern Maine.

This year USM Environmental Studies students will spend Earth Day grooming the Vernal Pools Trail along Sebago Lake which connects to the Sebago to the Sea trail. 

Environmental Studies students regularly use PWD properties for class projects, tour water and wastewater facilities, and some have become Portland Water District interns and employees.

A More Appealing Nor'Easter!

A More Appealing Nor'Easter!

It may be April Fools' Day...but this is no joke!

In honor of the Nor'Easter happening outside, Red's Dairy Freeze is offering a more appealing Nor'Easter for a discounted price!


On April 1, 2011, you can buy a Small Nor'Easter for just 3 dollars! This is a one day only event! Print off the coupon and head (carefully) down to Red's!

BioDiversity Research Institute captures Bald Eagle laying egg

BioDiversity Research Institute captures Bald Eagle laying egg

Biologists at BioDiversity Research Institute (BRI) confirmed today that the webcam dubbed Eaglecam1, located in Hancock County, ME, has captured a bald eagle laying its first egg of the season; the egg was dropped at about 1:00 pm Thursday, March 24.

Recycling Records Broken Every Month

ecomaine has broken its own recycling record every month for the past 12 months. From December 2009 through November 2010, its recycling facility has averaged 5,404,660 pounds per month and the organization expects that average to continue increasing well into 2011. Chairman of the Board of Directors Michael Bobinsky, who is Portland’s Director of Public Services, said, “Our educational outreach about the importance of recycling – both environmentally and fiscally – has been a major factor in convincing more people to make recycling a part of their daily routine.”

The fiscal impact, according to Bobinsky, from increased recycling for municipalities, universities, and businesses is significant because the cost of trash disposal is far greater than the cost of recycling.