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* Brownfields Program

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Hancock County Soil and
Water Conservation Service

Lewiston, Maine Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

NEIWPCC

Project Canopy

State Planning Office
Household Hazardous
Waste Collection List

Union River Watershed
Coalition

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Initiatives

Frenchman Bay Regional Shellfish Committee

Hancock County
Planning Commission

Environmental and Solid Waste Planning Services

Bay, Watershed and Shoreland Assessment and Planning


Brownfields Assessment Program

The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding to continue assessments of potential brownfields sites in Hancock County. We are using grant funds to hire an environmental professional to determine if a site has contamination problems. The grant will also be used to prepare site clean-up plans. This makes a property safe for reuse. If you know of a potential site in your town, please contact Tom Martin for details. More ...


Climate Change - Sea Level Change

The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) will assist towns in Hancock County to prepare policies for reducing green house gas emissions and accommodating climate change. We are working with Maine state agencies and local organizations for climate change prevention and preparedness.


Dark Sky Research and Light Pollution Management

The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) will assist towns in Hancock County to prepare policies for protecting the night sky from light pollution. We worked with the Island Astronomy Institute and Maine state agencies to prepare model ordinances and technical assistance documents for night sky preservation. More ...


Energy Systems

The HCPC helps Hancock County towns in evaluating energy alternatives, including:

  • Analysis of the impacts of utilities lines on communities
  • Model ordinances for both small and large energy systems

NOTE:  THESE ORDINANCES SHOULD BE REVIEWED BY AN ATTORNEY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT MAINE LAND USE LAW BEFORE BEING ADAPTED FOR USE BY YOUR TOWN.


Floodplains and Flood Hazard Areas

Groundwater


Green Infrastructure and Low-Impact Development

The Hancock County Planning Commission assists towns in identifying low-impact development alternatives, including stormwater management strategies that reflect increased intensity of storm events due to climate change. More ...


Scenic Viewshed Assessment

The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) and Washington County Council of Governments prepared an inventory of key scenic and historic views as seen from public places in down east coastal towns. This inventory is a major opportunity to identify key scenic views. The results are useful to communities for updating comprehensive plans, preparing grant applications, creating village improvement strategies, and tourism promotion as well as developing land protection strategies.  The inventory is published in print and online with maps, photographs and recommendations. More ...


Soil Analysis for Agriculture, Conservation and Development

HCPC can provide GIS maps indicating soil types, suitability for development and environmental risk in addition to physical conditions such as slope and flooding. Overlays with parcel maps, water bodies and transportation corridors also available. For detailed soil analysis, contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Hancock County soil maps are posted on our website here...


Stormwater Management

The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) will assist towns in Hancock County to prepare policies for meeting stormwater management goals. Increased in precipitation, storm surges and challenges to water quality require a new look at critical transportation, energy and drainage infrastructure.


Waste, Composting and Recycling Services

HCPC provides an array of solid waste services to towns in Hancock County. We work with local officials to evaluate and improve transfer station and recycling center management. Future services will be contingent on funding.

HCPC staff can:

  • Meet with committees or facility staff to examine management options
  • Recommend changes in facility layout and design
  • Assist in the development of strategies that increase recycling
  • Identify options for composting including lawn and leaf material, food scraps and shellfish residues
  • Work with municipalities and the DEP to complete permit applications
  • Work with hotels, campgrounds, and restaurants in developing recycling and composting strategies
  • Prepare or amend operations manuals, job descriptions, ordinances or policies
  • Prepare publicity materials and educational brochures on proposed changes to recycling and solid waste policies

For More Information Contact Tom Martin at 667-7131 or email at tmartin@hcpcme.org.

Product Stewardship: An Emerging Trend

Product stewardship is a public policy approach in which all participants involved in the life cycle of a product share responsibility for the impacts to human health and the natural environment that result from the production, use, and end-of-life management of the product. (MaineDEP)

By the DEP:

 

Did you know that you can now recycle various paints, stains, and sealers at convenient locations throughout Maine? It's easy!

 

Hotel and Transient Accommodation Recycling and Waste Reduction

Electronic Waste Recycling

* The solid waste, composting, and recycling portions of the web site are based upon work supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Utilities Programs.

Composting


Water Quality and Waste Disposal

HCPC provides several water quality services. These include:

Providing information on the care and maintenance of wells

Providing information on the care and maintenance of septic systems and

Providing guidance on how to identify threats to ground water and what can be done to address those threats

This portion of the web site is  funded in part by the USDA Rural Utilities Service.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Utilities Program.