River bill moves forward
- Maine's House of Representatives gave preliminary approval Thursday
to a bill that would reclassify some of Maine's rivers.
measure fails to include an upgrade to the lower Androscoggin, a move
pushed by local legislators and other advocates. However, it does
direct the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct water
sampling on the river and report back to the Legislature about a
possible future upgrade.
Research offered by the group Friends
of Merrymeeting Bay during the bill's public hearing indicated the
portion of the Androscoggin from Worumbo Dam in Lisbon Falls to
Merrymeeting Bay met the requirements necessary to move from Class C to
Rep. Peggy Rotundo, D-Lewiston, who supports the
reclassification, said any movement toward an upgrade is an important
"Seeing as the department wasn't willing to accept
the research offered, I'm pleased to see they will be making it a
priority," said Sen. Margaret Craven, D-Lewiston, who also favored the
Further votes on the measure will be scheduled in both the House and Senate.