Learn to Communicate Risk and Use Flood Exposure Maps (free webinars)
Two upcoming webinars on NOAA’s Digital Coast teach skills for communicating risks and using flood exposure maps in your community. Join in on November 30 to learn how planners used flood exposure maps to get the flood risk conversation started in their community. Then, on December 6, listen and learn about the seven best practices for effectively communicating weather and climate hazards.
2017 Project Canopy Assistance Grants
Project Canopy Assistance Grants are available to state, county, and municipal governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations for developing and implementing community forestry projects and programs. It is anticipated that $125,000 will be available for Maine projects in the categories of "Planning and Education" and "Planting and Maintenance".
Grant applications will be due at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, and all applicants must attend a (web-based) grant workshop prior to application submission.
For complete grant application and workshop information, please visit the Project Canopy website at http://www.projectcanopy.me/grants. You can also learn more about the Project Canopy assistance program by contacting Jan Ames Santerre by phone at 207-287-4987 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stream Crossing Grants Available
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is seeking proposals for a final round of stream crossing grants, in an effort to minimize impacts on water quality and aquatic habitat. Eligible projects include public infrastructure improvements at stream crossings, including improvements, repairs, or upgrades to existing culverts.
Eligible recipients for these awards include individuals, businesses, municipalities, unorganized townships, counties, soil and water conservation districts, watershed districts, and tax-exempt incorporated non-profit organizations. A portion of the money may be used to fund design and engineering services related to infrastructure improvements.
For more information about Stream Crossing Public Infrastructure Improvement grants, or to download the RFP, visit http://www.maine.gov/dep/land/water_bond_rfp.html. If you would like assistance in preparing or reviewing your proposal, please contact HCPC at 667-7131. All proposals are due by January 17, 2017.
Request for Proposals for Qualified Environmental Professional
Brownfields Assessment Program
The Hancock County Planning Commission is seeking proposals from qualified environmental professionals for a county-wide brownfields assessment. Proposals are due at the HCPC, 395 State Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605 by November 18, 2016. To view the RFP, click here:
USDA Announces Streamlined Guaranteed Loans and Additional Lender Category for Small-Scale Operators
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of a streamlined version of their guaranteed loans, which are tailored for smaller scale farms and urban producers. The program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process to help beginning, small, underserved and family farmers and ranchers apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations.
USDA is providing a 90-day period for the public to review and comment on program improvements. To review program details, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0560-AI34 and follow the instructions to submit comments.
More than half of all FSA loans go to new farmers and more than a quarter to underserved borrowers. FSA also offers loans of up to $5,000 to young farmers and ranchers though the Youth Loan Program. Loans are made to eligible youth to finance agricultural projects, with almost 9,000 young people now participating. More information about the available types of FSA farm loans can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/farmloans or by contacting your local FSA office. To find your nearest office location, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
HCPC has compost bins and recycling bins for sale! Recycling bins are $9 and compost bins are $48. They can be purchased at HCPC during regular business hours. For more information, call Sheri at 667-7131.
Miss the annual Household Hazardous Waste collection event? Here are some other ideas for safely disposing of household hazardous waste. If you need to dispose of paint, find a collection site near you at www.paintcare.org.