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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. Space is limited, so the Camden Public Library will stream the event live on the Library’s Facebook video page. The video will also remain available after the event.
The event will be a question-and-answer format, with a short presentation by each panelist followed by audience questions, and answers from the panelists. On the panel will be:
Andrew Stevenson is 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 phosphorus pollution in Lake Erie.
Kathleen Thornton is a Research Specialist and manager of the Biogeochemistry Analytical Services Laboratory at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center. She has extensive research and project management experience in soil and sediment microbiology, sea water chemistry, marine sediment chemistry, harmful algal blooms, and sensor and analytical methods development. She manages an analytical laboratory serving academic researchers, community groups, and the private sector. She serves as an advisor and provides technical guidance for citizen scientists studying the water quality of Maine’s coastal and estuarine habitats. Kathleen teaches field sampling and laboratory analytical methods to undergraduates and citizen scientists and has participated in many oceanographic research cruises. She grew up in Waldoboro and lives in the Midcoast.
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.
The moderator is John Morrison, World Wildlife Fund, Director of Conservation Planning & Measures, Policy and Government Affairs. He lives in Hope and travels all over the world in his professional career.