Maine’s lakes could experience increased algae blooms in summer of 2020

Photo and article by Ramona du Houx July 7, 2020 With record heat and drought-like conditions, Maine’s lakes are more likely to experience algal blooms according to Linda Bacon, Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) lead lakes biologist. Algae are a natural part of healthy freshwater ecosystems, but algae, like land plants love warmth and sun. With abundant sunshine, warm weather and plenty phosphorus from the spring’s runoff Maine lakes have perfect conditions for an algal bloom. When a lake is blooming people often describe the lake water as green. Maine DEP describes an algal bloom as a nuisance bloom when the clarity of the water is 2 meters (6.6 feet) or less. If the water clarity is less than […]

Maine Legislature to return to work – committees first

AUGUSTA – Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker Sara Gideon announced that legislative committees will resume their work on carry-over measures, including holding public hearings and work sessions, in July to prepare for when the Legislature reconvenes for a special session. No final dates for that session have been secured, however Legislative staff have been undertaking the logistical preparations necessary for a return. “In the wake of COVID-19, the Maine Legislature was forced to rapidly switch gears to keep Maine people safe and healthy. Since March, we’ve been working daily to resolve unemployment claims, advocate for our small businesses and connect people with food pantries, health insurance and rental relief,” said President Jackson. “Now, we’re asking lawmakers to tie up […]

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