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No thanks, No Fish Tanks for ME!

$12,990 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 80 people in 8 months
Created June 19, 2018
No Thanks, No Fish Tanks for ME! is a campaign launched by Local Citizens for SMART Growth (LCSG), a group formed in response to the possibility of a massive industrial salmon farm being built by Nordic Aquafarms, a foreign corporation, on 40 acres of previously pristine green recreational space bordering the Little River and Reservoir in Belfast, Maine. Belfast is a rural community of 6,300 residents, with an eclectic and entrepreneurial identity as an environmentally aware, socially conscious place to visit and live. 

Nordic Aquafarms intends to grow 25,000-33,000 tons of salmon every year, requiring the extraction of hundreds of millions of gallons of fresh water from deep wells, the withdrawal of similar volumes of salt water from Penobscot Bay, and the discharge of more than 500 million pounds of nitrogen-rich effluent into Penobscot Bay annually.

This fast moving industrial development has raised many questions and caused great concern among residents, which  seems to have fallen on the deaf ears of our city officials. LCSG believes that "government by the people, for the people, is characterized by transparency, accountability, participation and inclusion."

In the absence of the ability to exercise these fundamental rights, this campaign has been started by two individuals who are abutters to the property where the farm is proposed to be located. Donna and Ellie, with the support of Local Citizens for SMART Growth, have brought suit against the City of Belfast for  failure of legal process.

Donna and Ellie are central in the work to educate the public and fight to keep the Salmon Farm out. The lawsuit is proceeding, and the fund is helping to pay legal expenses. Local Citizens receives bi-weekly reports about income and expenses that are moving through the campaign account. 

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/localSMARTgrowth/ , attend one of our regular meetings, or email smartgrowthwaldo@gmail.com.  

The citizens and neighbors of Belfast and the residents of the islands of Penobscot Bay THANK YOU for supporting the future sustainability and democracy of the State of Maine!
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Hello Friends, I hope your holidays are beautiful and peaceful. If you have not had a chance to revisit our GoFundMe campaign, our need is imminent and we hope you can renew your support.
With Gratitude for this generous community,
Ellie
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Hello Dear Supporters,
It has been ten months since we all embarked on this fight, and every step of the way, we are grateful for your support! Our group has grown to several hundred, people who come to meetings, work on fact sheets, attend hearings, stand in front of the Nordic office holding signs, post articles to FB and the list-serve, canvas for the candidates for City Council, and importantly, GIVE MONEY.
Since we began, we have raised an astonishing $25,000, about 2/5 of it through this Go-Fund-Me page. We have also paid close to that much to the lawyer managing our lawsuit and the Environmental Consultant helping us with the Permit process. Right now we are actively fundraising, but we are also scraping the bottom of the pot.
Just yesterday, I learned that a Motion to Dismiss Nordic's Pipe and Discharge Permits was filed in Court. Hurrah! Do you remember when Nordic talked about getting permitted by July of 2018? We have slowed them, cost them money, angered them, and we may convince them that the fight is not worth it! We can't stop now!!
Will you consider repeating your donation for an equal or greater amount second time around? You could do it here, or you could mail a check directly to LCSG, 38 Perkins Rd., Belfast, ME 04915. Or, if you are really feeling flush and want to make a larger donation of $1,000 or more, you could call our Treasurer, Linda, (207)338-1701, and do it as a tax deduction through our fiscal umbrella organization, Organic Consumers Association.
We wish you all peaceful and happy holidays, and we thank you immensely for your generosity!
Ellie, Local Citizens for SMART Growth
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It is now December, and we have been waiting to see a draft of Nordic Aquafarms discharge permit released from the DEP. then we will get busy, studying the final details and submitting our comments and questions. We will also request a Public Hearing at which we can present testimony and questions. Some individuals and group will file requests to be Interveners as well. It is a busy moment!
All of this new activity requires that we continue to be raising funds, both for the legal case, which continues on, and for the costs associated with gathering studies and evidence related to our response to the discharge permit.
If you never donated or it has been a while, please consider a donation now! Thank you!
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We finally got to hear what Nordic will be reporting to the DEP, and no surprise, the information that we have been sharing in our public handouts and meetings is accurate! We have been called alarmist, chicken littles, and the purveyors of "fake" news, but we have been telling the truth all along: the soluble nitrogen being discharged in the Bay from the proposed industrial salmon farm will the equivalent of 15x what comes out of our city sewage treatment plant. That is 7.7 million gallons containing 1600 pounds of nitrogen and 5-6 pounds of phosphorous into the Bay EVERY DAY!
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