Passage of a water bond would ensure funds for the conservation of our water resources and improvement of our infrastructure to provide high quality, clean water for people, help communities prepare for extreme storms and flood events and conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat for future generations of Maine citizens.
Investing in both the conservation of water resources (such as headwater forests, wetlands, lakes and ponds, rivers and streams) and improvement of infrastructure (such as stream culverts) would have significant benefits for Maine’s wildlife and habitat. Eighty-five percent of vertebrate species either live in or use aquatic habitats throughout the year to find food and water, breed and travel.
A “Yes on 6” supports clean water and clean water jobs for Maine and has earned the strong backing from Republicans, Democrats, Independents, business leaders, contractors, sportsmen and women, municipal leaders, economic development professionals and environmentalists from every region of the state. A “Yes on 6” is good for Maine’s economy, good for Maine’s bottom line and good for Maine’s environment. Learn More>>
Maine’s lakes provide important wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and economic benefits. Under Governor LePage’s Administration, the protection of our lakes has significantly decreased by the dismantling of the Lakes Unit at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The ability of the DEP to educate the public, enforce protective regulations and conduct research has been dramatically reduced. There are multiple bills addressing lakes protection this session. Maine Audubon will strongly support efforts to strengthen the protection of Maine’s lakes.
Changes to marine currents and temperatures are already affecting movement patterns of fish and other wildlife. In addition, a recent Woods Hole Research Center (MA) study found abnormally acidic waters along the bottom of the Gulf of Maine. Scientific data suggests that the Gulf of Maine is vulnerable to ocean acidification caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide. Such acidification puts shellfish, marine invertebrates and possibly other fish at risk.
Proposed legislation would establish a committee of a broad range of stakeholder groups to work proactively and cooperatively to study and identify solutions to ocean acidification before Maine’s marine waters are irrevocably changed, and our shellfish populations and other marine organisms are decimated by the impacts of global warming.