50 years ago, the Androscoggin River was a stark example of the need for change: heavily polluted, unsafe for recreation, and deadly to fish and wildlife. Today, it is a model for the progress we can make and will continue to make in restoring and protecting our waters thanks to all those who have helped implement the Clean Water Act, which turns 50 this October!
Please join us for a celebration of Maine's Clean Water Champions and our success in transforming our rivers, lakes, and beaches. From Maine’s own Senator Edmund Muskie’s role in the development and passage of the Clean Water Act, to the many dedicated citizens, advocates, and professionals protecting our water today. Maine’s waters are part of our identity; they are where we go for family gatherings, recreation, and relaxation, and key to our status as a destination and continuing economic development.
The event will include remarks from leaders in water quality protection, recognition of Maine’s Clean Water Champions, and a celebration with food and drinks.
Beer will be served by Baxter Brewing Company. $5 a pour, or $3 a pour if you bring your own vessel!
Celebrate 50 Years of Clean Water Progress
Thursday, September 29, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Simard-Payne Park, Lewiston
2:30 Welcome – Mayor Carl Sheline (Lewiston), Mayor Jason Levesque (Auburn)
2:35 Opening remarks – Bill Green
2:40 History of the Clean Water Act – Pat Webber, Director of the Edmund Muskie Archives, Bates College
2:45 A Clean Water Story – Alan Haley, Maine’s first Registered Whitewater Guide
2:50 Words from the governor – Governor Janet Mills
2:55 Presentation of the Clean Water Champions – Pete Didisheim, Interim CEO, Natural Resources Council of Maine
3:05 Closing remarks – Bill Green
This event is co-hosted by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Bath-Brunswick Regional Chamber, the Associated General Contractors of Maine, the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Maine Water Environment Association.