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    Under Current - Sunday Dec 08, 2013 | 8:54 am

    Touching the Wild

    Over the past week many watched a bit of seaborne drama unfold down in Florida’s Gulf Coast. On Tuesday 51 pilot whales, who usually live, feed, and thrive in deep waters, were found far up the network of rivers coming from the Everglades. First there were doubts any would survive, then hopeful optimism as crews managed to coax 35 survivors back out to sea. That turned back to fear as […]

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    Under Current - Monday Dec 02, 2013 | 6:56 am

    Maine’s Unsung Export: Lobstering Gear

    The US Census Website has a bunch of fascinating figures for just what Maine exports. Electronics, aircraft parts, wood & pulp, lab reagents, potatoes, oil & gas (surprising), sea urchins, and of course lobster. That last one, lobster, gives in more ways than one. Lobstering gear from Maine washes up, consistently, an ocean away. In County Kerry, Ireland: (2005 trap tag from Maine lobster trap, washed up Spring 2012) Elsewhere in […]

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    Under Current - Tuesday Nov 26, 2013 | 8:38 am

    Plastic: There Is No “Away”

    We’ve all seen those charts telling us grimly how long various things take to rot away in the environment: The Web is filled with these charts: Trouble is, these charts are useless. 200 years for an aluminum can to decompose? I’ve seen year-old cans washed in that are well on their way to disappearing. It all depends on where they end up and what natural forces attack them. What’s WAY […]

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    Under Current - Tuesday Nov 19, 2013 | 9:29 am

    The Gettysburg Address Resonates On

     Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. On hallowed ground, which had seen 51,000 American casualties (making it the bloodiest battle on American soil, still to this day), President Lincoln spoke words of healing and resolve. He spoke of “a new birth of freedom,” and its call has resonated through the ages. The America that we wanted to be was born with those words. What’s often missed when […]

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    Under Current - Thursday Nov 14, 2013 | 8:58 am

    The Wondrous, Pitiless Sea

    On Friday morning I was at my beach again. It was 8:30am, just after low tide. The air was chilled, but the sun was warm on my back. The tiniest of breezes hung in the air. At about the same time, on the other side of the world, Super-Typhoon Haiyan was just finishing its path of destruction across the Philippines. (source) Haiyan may well have been the strongest storm ever […]

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    Under Current - Sunday Nov 10, 2013 | 8:26 am

    Volcanoes on a Maine Beach

    An ancient Greek proverb says: “A man can never cross the same river twice, because both the river and the man are different.” The same is true of any beach in the world. On Friday at Curtis Cove, a beach I visit week in/week out all through the year, I saw a sight I’d never seen there before. What, don’t see it? Look closer. At the back of the overnight […]

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    Under Current - Monday Nov 04, 2013 | 9:18 am

    From Filthy to Fabulous: Cleaning Up Maine’s Watersheds & Streams

    I subscribe to “The Pepperell Post” — Saco’s official monthly newsletter. When the latest link arrived in my inbox on Friday, how surprised was I to find a story about Goosefare Brook! When I did my three-part series on Goosefare Brook (the life-giving churning at a river’s mouth, tracing the meandering stream, and documenting its pollution), I had no idea a new management plan was in the works. According to […]

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    Under Current - Tuesday Oct 29, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Where the River Meets the Road

    A week ago I wrote up a little journey tracing tiny Goosefare Brook from Saco Bay up to its source at Saco Heath. I crossed many highways & byways to follow its path. And it was fun. It was also eye-opening. Every single time that Goosefare Brook met with humanity, it also met with humanity’s waste. Here, from source to mouth: Jenkins Road Industrial Road Rt 1 I-195 Old Orchard […]

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    Under Current - Thursday Oct 24, 2013 | 10:42 am

    Living Less Plastic: Trying, Failing, Changing the Game

    Using plastic leads to littering plastic — in spite of our best efforts. So the solution should be simple, right? Use less plastic. Except, it’s not easy to use less plastic. Try it. Try to go for a day without using any piece of single-use throwaway plastic. No straws, cups, sauce packs, plastic-wrapped single-serving cheese, sporks. You will drive yourself crazy. I’m always getting stonewalled. Throwaway plastic shows up when […]

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