WERU News Report 6/10/15

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: John Greenman

The Maine Department of Marine Resources Public Hearing on the Controversial Searsport Harbor Dredging Project

The auditorium of Searsport District High school last night was a sea of red shirts, worn by lobstermen and their supporters at a public hearing on the controversial Searsport harbor dredging project. Every person who spoke was opposed to the Army Corps of Engineer’s plan to dredge nearly a million cubic yards of material from the harbor and dump it near Islesboro. The public hearing was held by the Maine Department of Marine Resources who will advise the Department of Environmental Protection about potential impacts on the fisheries. Before the public spoke, the DMR staff explained the limited scope of the meeting and gave a brief overview of the proposal. We hear from them and from members of the public — including lobstermen and scientists — who spoke at the hearing.

FMI re the “Dawson Alternative”: islesboroislandstrust.org/dawson-searsport-dredging/