POLICY RESEARCH

Solid Waste in Maine

My hometown of Biddeford is host to a regional waste-to-energy incinerator and all of the challenges that go along with having such a facility located in the heart of our downtown area. The Maine Energy Recovery Company (MERC), now owned by Casella Waste Systems, has dominated the local political landscape for nearly three decades and remains today as one of the most contentious issues facing my hometown. In 2004, while serving as the editor of the Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier, I launched a project to explore every facet of MERC’s presence, including its history, operations and its role as part of Maine’s solid waste infrastructure. The MERC: In Focus series featured no less than 19 weekly installments, including an in-depth look at Maine’s solid waste policies and the implications of a throw-away culture.

Segments of  that series can be found by following this link.

 Gulf of Maine Fisheries

The Gulf of Maine is a unique natural resource that has fueled New England’s economy for nearly three centuries. Today, the future of that resource and the traditions of New England’s commercial fishing fleet face an uncertain future as government regulators, scientists, environmentalists and fishermen continue a struggle to find common ground.

I was honored to be part of the ongoing process during my brief tenure as the communications director for the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), a non-profit organization with a mission to restore and enhance an enduring marine system that supports a healthy diversity and an abundance of marine life and human uses through a self-organizing and self-governing organization.  One of NAMA’s core missions is to support and promote collaborative research efforts in the Gulf Of Maine.

Bringing together fishermen, scientists and regulators is not easy, but it is incredibly valuable and rewarding.

You can find several articles I wrote about collaborative research projects in the Gulf of Maine by following this link.

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