Join us for a panel discussion of the environmental considerations for the Penobscot Bay Watershed as it relates to the salmon farms proposed for Belfast and Bucksport. On the panel will be:
Andrew Stevenson, a Belfast resident who recently retired from a career in the environmental protection, information systems, and healthcare fields. He has worked on water quality issues since 1974 when he joined the U.S. EPA’s Office of Water during the Nixon Administration to help write regulations for the areawide water pollution control planning program created by Section 208 of the Clean Water Act of 1972. Stevenson was technical services director for the Association of Wastewater Treatment Agencies (AMSA), political affairs director for the Water Pollution Control Federation (now the Water Environment Federation), and a partner in the hazardous waste consulting firm, CDM Federal Programs Corporation. While a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University, he began his career studying ways to reduce phosphorous pollution in Lake Erie.
Dr. Nichole N. Price, Senior Research Scientist Director, Center for Venture Research on Seafood Solutions, a new center focused on securing sustainable, nutritious, and safe seafood for generations to come at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. The center for Seafood Solutions seeks to translate cutting-edge marine science to bridge the gap between knowledge and action. Nichole’s research and partnerships with NOAA, the Nature Conservancy, the US Geological Survey, and US Fish and Wildlife have taken her SCUBA diving around the globe on coral reefs in Africa, Asia, and across remote islands in the Central and South Pacific. Recently, she has focused her work in Southern California and the Gulf of Maine where she partners closely with members of the seaweed and shellfish industries to develop remediation strategies for ocean acidification, nutrient loading, and low oxygen conditions. Nichole earned her Ph.D. in marine ecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and became an institutional postdoctoral fellow, then project scientist, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography before to moving to Maine. She has 15 years of experience studying impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine ecosystems and uses this knowledge to help find evidence-based, local solutions to global challenges.
Eric Sanders, Councilor Ward 3, City of Belfast, graduated from William Jewell College with a degree in Communications in 1982 and the American Academy with a degree in Acting Studies in 1984. Currently, he resides in Belfast with his spouse Courtney, 3 children and dog and works locally at Bank of America. He has served as City Councilor of Ward 3 for the past 9 years, during which time he has also served on following City Committees: RSU 20 Withdrawal Committee, Energy Committee and Climate Change Committee. During his time as Councilor he has also worked with various community organizations including Belfast Waterfall Arts and Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, serving on their boards as a City liaison.