The Wrack: policy

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Join the Chorus #2: The Clause Comes Out

March 24, 2017 By Nik Charov Filed under Article Tags: congressnerranerrsnoaapolicy

Worth fighting for?

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The members and visitors and supporters of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, and the other 28 national estuarine research reserves, are feeling particularly aggrieved. We love that Petition Clause; let's do it. Let's get some of that ol' fashioned redress!

Here are two petitions to sign, via the online platform

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Only Turkeys Don't Vote

November 22, 2014 By Nik Charov Filed under Article Tags: policythanksturkeystwo worldswater quality

Can't we all just get along?

The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 11/23/2014.

The most important thing I can say about this year’s midterm election is simply: thank you for voting.

Maine had the highest voter turnout in the entire 50 states, with 59.3% of us going to the polls, well above the national average of 36%. If it was the “gu-bear-natorial” nature of our election, so be it: each vote tallied was an expression of individual preference. Some races were decided by single digits; others, by lopsided majorities. In each race, and on each ballot question, we now know what a majority of our fellow Mainers decisively think. That’s valuable information and worth thinking about.

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The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 11/2/2014.

From reports, it sounds like this year’s midterm election is a doozy, money-wise: across the country, campaigns are spending record sums marketing their candidates and causes.  So I read, anyway: I do not watch broadcast TV, I have an ad blocker on my computer, and I only listen to satellite radio and MPBN. Voluntarily [and gratefully] deaf to the din from most of the marketing wars, I rarely hear about the latest advances in breakfast cereal, let alone the biannual election season onslaught.

About the only political advertising I do see are ads in newspapers (bless you, candidates, for feeding our starving print publishers), and outdoor campaign signs.

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2014 Blue Carbon Workshop

September 1, 2014 By Kristin Wilson Filed under Project Tags: blue carboncarbonpolicyresearchsalt marsh


Create a U.S./Canada working group, identify research gaps, and establish a regional approach to blue carbon science and policy.

Project Period



Blue Carbon workshop logoHold workshop "Blue is the New Green: Valuing Carbon Storage to Understand Barriers and Build Bridges to Enhance Salt Marsh and Seagrass Conservation and Management" (December 5, 2014)

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The White House has released a draft implementation plan for National Ocean Policy, demonstrating ongoing progress on a massive task. The draft implementation plan is guided by four themes:

  1. Adopt ecosystem-based management
  2. Obtain, use, and share the best science and data
  3. Promote efficiency and collaboration
  4. Strengthen regional efforts

The plan lays out a series of more than 50 actions — with accompanying outcomes and milestones — guided by these National Priority Objectives:

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