Obsolete Pesticide Collection
The Maine Bureau of Pesticides Control is giving Mainers an opportunity to dispose of banned or unusable pesticides. You must register by September 23 to participate. For more information, click here.
Joint Road Salt Purchase Saves Hancock County Towns Nearly $44,000!
2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The HCPC is sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, August 20th from 9:00-1:00 at Ellsworth High School.
The following towns are signed up to participate in the event:
- Cranberry Isles
- Deer Isle
- Hancock (HHW only)
- Dedham (HHW only)
- Winter Harbor
View the press release here.
View a printable poster for the event here.
Can't make it to the collection? Click here for additional information about disposing of houshold hazardous waste. Ellsworth Noon Rotary is also sponsoring an e-waste event on Saturday, July 23rd. More info here.
Winter Harbor Bike-Ped Plan
The recently-completed Village Bicycle-Pedestrian Plan for Winter Harbor can be viewed online here.
Stormwater Inspector Training
The National Stormwater Center is offering Certified Stormwater Inspector (municipal) training in Portland, ME on August 25-26, 2016.
View the flyer here.
Hancock County Planning Commission to hold Backyard Compost Bin and Recycling Bin Sale
Here's your chance to turn your otherwise-wasted kitchen vegetable scraps and yard trimmings into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) is hosting a backyard composting bin and recycling bin sale. A home compost bin and how-to guide with a combined retail value of $100 can be purchased for only $48 (tax included). The bin is black and is made of 100% recycled plastic. It's approximately 35" high and 33" wide, or large enough for a family of five. View the compost bin here.
We also have available recycling bins. The 18-gallon curbside recycling containers are an effective way for households to collect their recyclable materials. They are blue and are partially made from recycled materials. The bins are 16.25’’ wide, 25.75" long and 14.5’’ tall. They weigh 5 pounds and are rated for an 80 pound payload. Two molded-in handles on ends allow for easy lifting of containers. They cost $9 each. View the recycling bin here.
Contact Sheri Walsh at 667-7131 or by e-mail at email@example.com to learn more. Items are available for pick M-F 8-4:30 while supplies last. When we all work together to increase our recycling, decrease our contribution to outside landfills, and nourish our lawns and gardens in the process, the whole community benefits!
Supplies are limited and currently in stock. Checks and cash are accepted
Workshops and Grants from the Recreational Trails Program:
The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands Recreational Trails Program has announced a series of workshops around the state for those considering applying for an RTP grant. For more information about the grant program and workshops, visit their website here.
HCPC has recieved a brownfields assessment grant! Read the EPA press release here.
MDOT Updates related to the 2016-2017-2018 Work Plan, Public Involvement, and Highway Corridor Priorities (HCP) and Customer Service Levels (CSL) can be found on our Transportation page here.
Cycling In Acadia National Park
The National Park Service has opened over 8.5 miles of bike trails in the Schoodic Peninsula section of the park. In addition to the trails, the new portion of the park includes campgrounds and 4 miles of hiking trails. Click here for a map and more information.
Maine Geological Survey Flood Hazard Website
- 2015 Highest Annual Tide (HAT)
- sea level rise and storm surge scenarios (1, 2, 3.3, and 6 feet on top of the 2015 HAT)
- Potential Hurricane Inundation Mapping (PHIM) datasets for Category 1 and 2 events making landfall at mean tide or mean high tide
- Maine FEMA Floodplain Maps (available from the Maine Floodplain Management Office)
Find your Floodplain
HCPC has created an easy user-interface for you to see FEMA's preliminary flood insurance maps for Hancock County. These maps are being reviewed by towns for adoption at town meetings this spring. For more information, visit our floodplain page here.
Build Your Own Weather Map
New Online Weather Mapping GIS Application from NOAA