Maine Currents Special 7/20/22- Sears Island: The Latest Threat

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Sears Island, located near Searsport, is a 940 acre island connected to the mainland since the late 80s by a causeway. Though it is near industrialized areas, it is mostly undeveloped and currently uninhabited by humans. Many people use the island recreationally, year ’round.
Over the decades, people who care about the island have protected it from one proposed development after another- and the island may be under threat again.
Today we’ll hear about the latest development proposed for the island- from some of the folks who have been involved over the years.

Steve Miller of Islesboro Islands Trust
Susan White & Rolf Olsen of Friends of Sears Island
Becky Bartovics & Matthew Cannon of Sierra Club Maine

FMI (including reports referenced on the show)
Friends of Sears Island Offshore Wind Project Resources page

About the host:

Amy Browne started out at WERU as a volunteer news & public affairs producer in 2000, co-hosting/co-producing RadioActive with Meredith DeFrancesco. She joined the team of Voices producers a few years later, and has been WERU’s News & Public Affairs Manager since January, 2006. In addition to RadioActive, Voices and Maine Currents, she also produced and hosted the WERU News Report for several years. She has produced segments for national programs including Free Speech Radio News, This Way Out, Making Contact, Workers Independent News, Pacifica PeaceWatch, and Live Wire News, and has contributed to Democracy Now and the WBAI News Report. She is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Journalism Award from the Sierra Club of Maine, and the First Place 2017 Radio News Award from the Maine Association of Broadcasters.