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No thanks, No Fish Tanks for ME!

$17,560 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 89 people in 11 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, This has been an interesting week! After last Tuesday's "informational meeting" with Nordic Aquafarms, it is evident that there has been a rallying of the supporters of the fish farm, whose predominant method is to bully and discredit the opposition by stereotyping us as misinformed, privileged, hysterical, even xenophobic, NIMBY environmentalists from away, who don't care about the community, jobs, taxes, or anything except our property values. The negativity and judgement has risen to a new level, and infiltrated our Facebook page and the GoFundMe Campaign.

We know what the truth is. There are dozens of amazing people who are spending hours and hours each week, researching the science behind the issues, the potential impacts on global warming, attending hearings at the legislature for bills to add protections to our beloved Penobscot Bay and the creatures that live there, talking with neighbors and friends, and supporting each other in this David and Goliath fight. We are a very diverse group of all ages, income levels, and backgrounds. Many of us are local or folks who have been here for decades. Some of us own businesses in the community. Some have served in public office or city committees. Some give time or money to local efforts, such as the GBAM Food Cupboard, Waldo County Woodshed, the Soup Kitchen, Window Dressers, Our Town Belfast, and more. We all have one thing in common: we are good people with a passionate belief that the Nordic Aquafarms proposal is a potential environmental and economic disaster for our community and the Bay, and that the process that opened the door to Nordic in Belfast was neither democratic nor legal. That is the essence of the lawsuit against the City.
Profound thanks to the citizens of Belfast who have put themselves in the line of fire for the sake of protecting the community they love in hopes of an environmentally and economically sustainable future for all of our children and grandchildren to come.
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Just a few days ago, we passed the one year anniversary of the PUC meeting with the Water District. On the night of the anniversary, the ME Audubon put on an excellent presentation about the Nordic Aquafarms proposal at the Camden Library. It was moderated by John Morrison, who has an extensive environmental sciences background, and currently serves on the World Wildlife Fund. The panelists were Andy Stevenson, who spent his career in water quality issues, including working for the DEP. Andy represented the opposed viewpoint. Representing the neutral viewpoint was Kathleen Thornton, a marine sediment specialist with the Darling Marine Center of UMO, and in support, Eric Sanders, a Belfast City Councilor and employee of Bank of America.
The evening was structured around four questions:
1. What can you support about the Nordic proposal?
2. What are the drawbacks about the proposal?
3. What are the relevant questions that you don't believe are receiving enough attention?
4. What would you like the people here to remember about this discussion?
The discussion was refreshingly scientific and balanced. Both the opposition and the neutral representatives had many facts, charts, and quantifiable bits of information. The supporter of the project focused primarily on the economics of having such an industry in the city. The audience asked excellent questions, and overall, we felt that everyone learned something new, including the project supporter.
I encourage you to go to our FB page and watch the footage. The most impactful new thing I learned was that the methyl mercury pollution deposit left in the sediments of the Penobscot River North of Bucksport is the largest deposit in the world! In addition, the temperature changes that might occur with the volume of anticipated effluent from the fish farm could cause the mercury to move from the sediment up higher in the water column. But we don't actually know...
If you are new to our campaign or returning to read this latest update, please consider a donation to the work! With everyone's help, we have been doing Lilliputians' job and managing to keep Gulliver down! With much gratitude, Ellie
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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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