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Return of a River
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Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 pm

After decades of clean-up efforts, the Saco River Estuary is coming back to life. Surrounding communities now turn to the estuary as a source of renewal and economic development, but new pressures are emerging, including increasing coastal development. Understanding how these pressures affect the estuary and developing new tools to help safeguard its health is the focus of a research project.

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The Triple Bottom Line
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Wednesday, October 2 at 9:30 pm
Sunday, October 6 at 1:30 pm

Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative researchers are working to tackle urgent economic, social and environmental challenges. SSI researchers collaborate with fishermen and others so tidal power in Cobscook Bay is developed sustainably. Then head to Central Maine, where researchers are working with family forest owners struggling to steward their land in the face of growing pressures.

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Culvert Operations
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Wednesday, October 9 at 9:00 pm
Saturday, October 12 at 10:00 am
Sunday, October 13 at 1:00 pm

Increasingly intense and frequent storms are striking Maine and New England, causing millions of dollars in damage and threatening fragile ecosystems. A group of UMaine researchers are leading an effort to help Maine communities better understand and prepare for the potential local impacts of climate change.

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Desperate Alewives
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Wednesday, October 9 at 9:30 pm
Sunday, October 13 at 1:30 pm

Once migrating by the millions up Maine's rivers to spawn, alewife populations have dramatically decreased. Researchers and scientists with Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative team up with local stakeholders to investigate the effects of human activities on the Kennebec and Androscoggin River watershed, with a special focus on native alewife runs.

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Preserving Paradise
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Wednesday, October 16 at 9:00 pm
Saturday, October 19 at 10:00 am
Sunday, October 20 at 1:00 pm

Major forces are altering Maine's communities and landscape. Over the past 15 years, development pressure has intensified in the southern part of the state, and millions of acres of forest have changed hands in the north. Sustainability researchers at the University of Maine are developing new forecasting tools to help communities better plan for their future in the face of sweeping change.

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Saving Our Lakes
Saving Our Lakes
Wednesday, October 16 at 9:30 pm
Sunday, October 20 at 1:30 pm

Maine’s 5,700-plus lakes pump an estimated $2.5 billion into the state’s economy every year. But human activity is reducing water quality in many of our lakes. The Belgrade Lakes region is an ideal place to learn how to contend with these pressures.

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Basket Trees, Saving a Tradition
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Wednesday, October 23 at 9:00 pm
Sunday, October 27 at 1:00 pm

For centuries, Wabanaki artisans have woven exquisite baskets from brown ash. Now this ancient art form is at risk. An invasive beetle called the emerald ash borer has already killed tens of millions of ash trees in the Midwest and Canada, and it’s heading toward Maine. Researchers are teaming up with Wabanaki basket makers to try to prevent, detect and respond to this threat.

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Pools, Policies and People
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Wednesday, October 23 at 9:30 pm
Sunday, October 27 at 1:30 pm

Many towns in Maine are contending with a common dilemma: how to grow in ways that don’t diminish the very things that people cherish about their community, like open space, wildlife and special landscapes. A research team is using local vernal pool conservation as a model to examine how towns can plan future development in ways that benefit people and wildlife alike.

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