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Env. Studies Program

The State of Maine 2004: An Environmental Assessment was compiled by senior environmental policy majors in the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College, Maine. This is the first of what we hope will become a regular series of papers assessing the state of Maine's environment. We evaluate climate, fisheries, forests, solid waste, and freshwater resources. For each section, we explore the context and current state of the issue, provide a series of indicators examining both the environmental problem as well as underlying drivers of those problems, and conclude with a series of policy recommendations. To see other State of Maine reports click here.

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Climate
Maine's strong ties to its natural systems make it especially vulnerable to impacts that could result from global climate change. Recognizing this threat, state policymakers are addressing activities in the state that contribute to global climate change. More...

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Fisheries
Fisheries and related industries are important to Maine's economy, generating almost a billion dollars each year. Some fisheries, specifically lobster, are managed exclusively by the state. Close monitoring and assessment are needed to protect Maine's fisheries More...

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Forests
Over ninety percent of Maine is covered by forest land which supports plants, animals, jobs, tourism, and recreation, and is managed for a variety of needs. We defined the sustainability of the timber industry and the forests themselves as key environmental issues in the state. More…

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Solid Waste
Maine generates over one million tons of municipal solid waste annually. Waste generated by ordinary citizens is currently the largest contributor to the waste stream. The state must manage this waste in a way that minimizes threats to human health and environmental quality. More...

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Freshwater
Good water quality is critical to Maine's economy, human health, recreational opportunities, and biodiversity. Human impact can make water uninhabitable to aquatic species, hazardous to drink, and unattractive for recreation. More...

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