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No thanks, No Fish Tanks for ME!

$10,205 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 5 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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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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The Summer has sped by and so much has been happening! We have had two wins with the Planning Board. One is that the Council accepted their suggested changes to the Zoning amendments, which will strengthen protections somewhat. The second is that the Planning Board tokk a vote and were unanimously in agreement that the Zoning amendments are not in line with the Comprehensive Plan as it stood when the April vote was taken. Although the Planning Board has no judicial power, it is still a great victory.
We need your continuing support, especially now!
Nordic Aquafarms has notified us of their intent to file their Discharge Permit. The Public informational meeting will be held on October 4th.
Our costs will begin to increase steeply as we respond to the permit filings with expert scientific testimony, which is both critical and expensive.
If you haven't yet made a donation, please consider one. And if you have, consider making another. At this point, hundreds of citizens have been donating, writing letters, speaking to neighbors and friends, testifying, and attending meetings. We couldn't do it without the community.
Thank you from all of us!
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Tonight, we have two important events happening. I will be sitting at the Planning Board meeting, 6:00 in the Council Chambers, listening to their process as they discuss the Zoning Amendments and the testimony that was given at the Public Hearing. And, at 6:30, folks will be gathering at the Library for our second public event, with Bonnie Rukin and a representative from the Downeast Salmon Federation talking about sustainable local food systems. We hope to see you at either event. Don't you wish you could be at both? I do!
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Raised by 64 people in 5 months
Created June 19, 2018
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