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Cape Neddick River cleanup needs to happen in 2012

January 6, 2012, York Weekly Op/Ed
York, Maine, selectmen should seriously consider on Jan. 10 the requests of the Cape Neddick River Association when the group comes before the board to ask for money and staff support to clean up the beleaguered river.

Town installs first recycled-plastic span
January 4, 2012, Portsmouth Herald
The thermoplastic bridge replaces the traditional concrete box culvert over Roger's Brook and Shorey's Pond on Birch Hill Road, at a price competitive with what the town would pay for a traditional bridge, said Dean Lessard, director of the Department of Public Works.

Hard Plastic Bottles, Reborn as Bridge
December 2, 2011, The New York Times
The town of York, Me., is putting up what could be a bridge to a better future, not because of it where it goes but because of what it is made of: plastic.

York River study approved by House committee
November 20, 2011, Maine Sunday Telegram
November 17, 2011 Portland Press Herald
Legislation approving a $500,000 study of whether to designate the York River part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System is a step away from a House floor vote.

York River study bill moves toward House vote
November 18, 2011, Seacoast Online
The House Committee on Natural Resources on Thursday approved Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's legislation to study the York River for possible inclusion in the Wild and Scenic Rivers program. The next step will be a vote on the House floor, which Pingree said she hopes will come soon.

Press Release: Axion International Receives Purchase Order to Supply Materials for First Plastic Bridge Used in a Public Highway Application in the U.S.
November 4, 2011, Axion International Press Release
The entire bridge to be built using Axion's 100% recycled plastic composites, the first of its kind in the public highway system.

York seeks changes to improve river health
October 24, 2011, Portsmouth Herald
From its source at Chases Pond on Mount Agamenticus to its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean, the 3.7-mile Cape Neddick River has historically posed a pollution problem. High bacteria counts have been found all along the river for years, but up until recently, little had been done about it.

Group seeks federal money for York River: Resource Called a "Gem"
November 10, 2010 Portsmouth Herald
The York Board of Selectmen Monday, Nov. 1, gave approval for a York River citizens group to go after federal funding under the National Park Service Wild and Scenic Rivers Program.

Pollution problem: High bacteria counts in river
April 9, 2008, York Weekly
Creeks and streams spilling into the Cape Neddick River have shown consistently high counts of enterococcus bacteria, and faulty septic tanks could be to blame.

Storm damage inspires preparation for next one
April 29, 2007, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
After the Mother's Day floods last year, the town of York didn't simply rebuild a couple of washed-out roads. Crews installed larger, natural-bottom culverts designed to better handle future storms. That decision paid off sooner than expected when this year's Patriot's Day nor'easter flooded York county for the second time in 11 months. Those culverts and roads survived while many others did not.

Local effort wins EPA conservation award
April 25, 2007, Portsmouth Herald
The Mount Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative, a coalition committed to preserving land in the six-town area between the Tatnic Hills of Wells and Gerrish Island in Kittery Point, has been honored with an Environmental Merit Award.

Students tend marsh
June 8, 2005, Portsmouth Herald
Educational, environmental and community interests merged at the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge last Wednesday (June 1) when 10 students from York High School teamed with officials from the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve to measure fish populations in salt pannes there.

Bill includes ‘Mount A’ funds
November 26, 2004, Portsmouth Herald
Members of the Mount Agamenticus to the Sea coalition say they’ll have no problem spending $1 million alloted to them recently by the federal government.

Cook’s Bridge reincarnated
November 10, 2004, The York Weekly
It was a win for the turtles. As it was also a win for the neighbors who’d adopted the turtles’ cause - and the causes of boaters and joggers and scenery-lovers and swimmers of all stripes, human and otherwise. Cook’s Bridge spans one branch of the York River about six miles inland from the ocean in the salt marshes crossed by Birch Hill Road.

Lobsterman speaks about health of ocean, fishing
November 3, 2004, The York Weekly
Addressing this season’s second meeting of the Issues Forum of St.George’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 31, Patten (Pat) White spoke of the human effect upon the world’s oceans. Pat White, a York resident and chief executive officer of the Maine Lobsterman's Association, speaks Sunday to a crowd at St. George's issues Forum about the health of oceans and the survival of the fishing industry.

Sixty Years of Fishing Opportunity for Maine Saltwater Anglers
Fall 2004, Maine Tides
It isn’t every day that CCA Maine has the opportunity to ensure saltwater anglers great fishing access for at least the next sixty years, but we did just that when Rice’s Bridge over the York River was reconstructed in 2004.

Local rivers face many sources of pollution
September 15, 2004, The York Weekly
Selectmen’s decision last month to augment the Planning Department by a half-time staffer came after a group of private citizens persisted in directing public attention to possible sources of pollution in the Cape Neddick River. The new code enforcement officer will concentrate on the enforcement of shoreland zoning regulations townwide, however, and that effort will include a focus on the much larger York River watershed. That effort is proving timely.

Saving Space: Sewall's Bridge
September 2004
, Public Radio Exchange
Maine's working waterfronts are threatened. As property taxes soar and fishing opportunities dwindle, communities in Maine are seeking ways to preserve a way of life. The York Land Trust found a unique way to preserve open space and an historic landmark while expanding their harbor's working waterfront.

Placing water-quality responsibilities
August 25, 2004, The York Weekly
The "Homeowner’s Guide to Environmental Laws Affecting Shorefront Property in Maine’s Organized Towns," prepared in 2000 by Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection, acknowledges that nobody wants to live beside a polluted waterbody.

Growth bears down on York River
August 22, 2004, Portland Press Herald
As a boy, John Zacharias hunted on the land near the York River that he would grow up to own and farm. "When I grew up here, there were probably three to four thousand people - everyone knew everybody," he said. "On a good day, you'd count maybe five cars out on Route 91."

York River grant nets insight, planning into watershed
August 18, 2004, The York Weekly
The town will soon know a lot more About York's Rivers and its watershed, thanks to a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Board of Selectmen has unanimously accepted the $60,000 EPA grant as part of the York River Comprehensive Wetland Program. The grant will fund extensive study in the tidal areas around the river and will culminate with recommendations about protection of the river’s health and preservation of the watershed. It does not include any mandates for future town action.

York confronts pollution problems in its rivers
Aug 18, 2004, The York Weekly
"We’re thrilled." Linda Scotland was responding this week to a decision made by selectmen on Tuesday, Aug. 10, to hire a part-time code enforcement officer to enforce shoreland zoning regulations in the York and Cape Neddick River watersheds.

Trying to get a grip
July 18, 2004, Maine Today
Mark Sewall remembers roaming his hometown of York as a boy. He could wander the commercial docks in York Harbor at will. The woods and fields around town were his playgrounds. Everyone waved. The York of his boyhood is long gone, said the 42-year-old lobsterman. Today, Sewall says, the public has been locked out of much of the town. Many of the commercial docks have been torn down and replaced by homes and private docks. The woods and fields have been carved up into house lots. People have stopped waving.

All eyes on marsh
June 16, 2004, York Weekly
Now that the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge restoration project is over, local environmental groups are keeping a close eye on its marshes to learn about the progress it makes.

Shoreland coordinator to be hired
May 19, 2004, York Weekly
If onlookers had any doubts that issues having to do with water and the environment are interrelated and far-reaching, they would have been dispelled at a recent business meeting of the York Rivers Association, held on Friday morning, May 7, in Moody Hall of the First Parish Church.

Behind every fishing boat is a strong working waterfront
February 29, 2004, Village Soup
Rep. Deb McNeil remembers the working piers, the sounds and smells of the Rockland fishing fleet unloading swelled holds of herring and redfish.
Though offensive to some, those smells and sounds of commercial fishing meant business was good for local harvesters. As a member of the Legislature's Marine Resources Committee, McNeil has been an advocate and sounding board for issues affecting the local fishing industry.

Marsh repair is under way
February 18, 2004, York Weekly
With a little help from a lot of friends, the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge should be a whole lot greener this spring. The marsh’s Enhancement and Restoration Program has been in the works for about eight years, but after the funding was secured and the permits approved, the actual construction phase began early last week.

Study opens eyes to watershed pollution in York River
February 17, 2004, Portsmouth Herald
Two years ago the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve embarked on a project to identify non-point sources of pollution and to develop a plan to cleanup and protect the York River Watershed area.

Project under way to enhance marsh
Feb 17, 2004, Portland Press Herald
For 40 years, Wheeler Marsh has struggled in its evolution from a mud flat to a saltwater marsh. The area developed into a marsh after dredge spoils from the York River were pumped into roughly 20 acres between Route 103 and Harbor Road in 1961.

Project to improve Wheeler Marsh underway
February 12, 2004, Portsmouth Herald
Construction work to restore the Wheeler Marsh between Route 103 and Harbor Road on the south side of the York River is scheduled to begin Feb. 9. The project will enhance the vitality of marsh plants by improving tidal flow and constructing channels and pools. Fish, bird and shellfish habitat will be improved. The York Conservation Commission is sponsoring the project in collaboration with the York Rivers Association.

Wheeler Marsh project to begin
February 4, 2004, The York Weekly
Construction work to restore the Wheeler Marsh between Route 103 and Harbor Road on the south side of the York River is scheduled to begin Feb. 9.

Working Watefronts: The Land Trust Solution
February 2004, The Working Waterfront
Jeff Donnell and Mark Sewall, two lobstermen whose families have been fishing from York Harbor for generations, recently purchased a dock near historic Sewall's Bridge on the York River. Much can be learned from this experience that could benefit other communities struggling with preserving access to the sea.


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