###organizations preliminary conversations with: * Friends of Penobscot Bay (Ron Huber) * Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, via [Will Ward](/profile/wward1400) * KCT Discovery Days, via [Will Ward](/profile/wward1400) * [Code for Maine]([Code for America Brigade]( via code4maine ([profile]( **Friends of Penobscot Bay.** []( We are a mix of commercial and recreational fishers, fish-huggers, marine wormdiggers and recreation boaters organized as a state nonprofit, who all have an interest in a clean and naturally productive bay and river. Ron Huber is founder and current executive director of Friends of Penobscot Bay. PENOBSCOT BAY MAPPING NEEDS AND RESOURCES 1/23/18 VIRTUAL PENOBSCOT BAY: A GAMING PLATFORM? Using a porpoise persona as an avatar, helps planners better understand herring. Bathymetry data, seasonal currents, winds water temperatures,and hydrology are all available and up to date and go back decades if not centuries. HISTORIC FISHERY MAPPING HUMAN IMPACTS MAPPING * Coastal forest cover changes Aerial photography from 1940s to present * Sealevel rises Waste water Outfalls HAPC MAPPING New England Fishery Mgmt Council designation protects juvenile cod habitat * Criteria for designation as an HAPC * A map of the Gulf of Maine with Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPC's) outlined *A closer-up of Penobscot Bay and surrounds with the HAPC fori nshore juvenile cod in red * Close up of HAPC around Vinalhaven and North Haven , Penobscot Bay * Two alternative configurations 10 meter contour v 20 meter contour (We supported 10!) AERIAL VIDEOGRAPHY * Belfast shoreline overflight. south side of Passagassawakeag River to Little River, May 1, 2013 * GAC Chemical Corp fly by UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHY * Six minutes on the floor of Rockport Harbor, Maine * 16 minutes of Rockland Harbor floor **TOP ISSUE: STOCKTON HARBOR LEGACY SHORELINE WASTE REMEDIATION** **BACKGROUND **Between 1900 and 1970 fertilizer makers in Searsport manufactured thousands of tons of superphosphate and other fertilizers that shipped northern Maine by railroad, made the Maine Potato as iconic as the Maine Lobster. But every ton of fertilizer left behind **five tons** of highly acidic waste known as phosphogypsum. Dumped by long-gone companies as a slurry in wooden containments along the southwest shore of Stockton Harbor during that era, these wastes are now eroding steadily into the harbor as their barriers collapse. Tainted,discolored and highly acidic the adjoining beach and intertidal flat, _where pH below 2 have recently been measured!_ Alum production, using bauxite ore and sulfuric acid, also left a large waste stream along the shore atop the phosophogympsum. - The above two waste streams, mixed with demolition debris ,oily wastes and more make up a layer up to twenty feet thick, atop impervious marine clay. Rainwater and snowmelt that strike the waste dumps either sheet-erodes over the exposed waste surface to the shore, or percolates in & travels downslope along the top of the buried clay layer - a shallow aquifer - then migrates through the acidic wastes, bringing a toxic tea of acidic leachates to the beach and flats and.into the harbor, [View a 60 page slideshow (pdf) detailing & illustrating]( the history and issues of concern at this location **RECENT ACTIVITY ** Earlier this year, Friends of Penobscot Bay gathered sediment samples under the direction of Dr Mark Green of St Josephs College, a leading ocean acidification researcher and marine biologist. [The results of Green's examination and analysis of these samples]( and his suggestions of what should be done suggest that a the site is a public health hazard. **NON-ENFORCEMENT** We consider this eroding shoreline to **an uncontrolled hazardous waste site**, and a health threat for beachcombers, clammers and wormdiggers - and the wildlife - that visit these flats. Touching these wastes or the bits of ceramics and sulfur lumps riddling the mud and beach causes both skin irritation and a slight numbness of the hands along with something somewhat similar to a niacin blush. Despite more then a decade of efforts, Maine DEP refuses to force the present company - a politically powerful one - that owns the site, to end the erosion of legacy wastes left by its predecessors into Stockton Harbor, This coupled with the present day owner of the site's disinterest in dealing with its wastes, has created a public health problem. A thousand tourists and local residents innocently enjoy that very cove that is fouled so colorfully and acidly by the eroding shoreline waste dumps. Due to the state's and company's intransigence, we are now turning our attention to federal and county governments with an interest in preventing or ending pollution into Penobscot Bay **WHAT WE NEED ** Historic government and business documents note and describe these wastes. But in order to force action by state & federal agencies that under the current administration have seemingly adopted an _"anti-precautionary"_ policy toward pollution, _ we need to do it ourselves_ The presence of sulfuric acid in the mud and sand is firmly established. But we need to determine whether any heavy metals , including lead, copper and cadmium as well as radium and U235 - common in waste from fertilizer made from Central Florida-sourced phosphate ore used by these companies 1900 and 1970 as well as PCBs and other undesirable chemicals and or petroleum products and solvents associated with large chemical factory operations if present have all been getting leached out of the waste slopes and into the beach and flats. for decades. . We hope that using the spectrometers field and desktop made available via public laboratory, and taking advantage of the great pool of knowledgeable folk that share their expertise via Public Laboratory we will be able to solve this identification task. If the eroding wastes' chemistry matches the intertidal chemistry then the people have a powerful tool to press ever-reluctant regulators to remediate these uncontrolled hazardous waste sites that long vanished businesses left behind, WHAT WE HAVE (1)A fairly exhaustive archive of the surviving records of the factories onsite during the 20th century, accumulated in paper form by governments and local media over that century and their mishaps and (2). some people very committed to relieving Penobscot Bay of its legacy waste burdens., with a broad spectra of bay-useful skills. (3) access to _some _ academics both of the state university and the private colleges and access to environmental and conservation agency officials, and a fair bit of coverage by regional media. **OTHER ISSUES** The 19th and 20th centuries also left many other industrial wastes like sawdust, coal ash, coal tar and poultry butcher wastes lining the bayfloor and river bottom, contaminating clamflats and public access beaches in Stockton Harbor and other upper Penobscot Bay locations Culvert remediation or replacement is needed a dozens of locations around the bay's and rivers' many streams Most prominently a tremendous tidal Penobscot River mercury spill plume has shuttered Penobscot tidal river lobstering permanently - and is now slipping its way down into Penobscot Bay threatening to cause the closing of upper Penobscot Bay lobstering too: - an economic disaster for a well regulated fishery. Public Lab folk can, we hope, help us learn what we needed and help rally other Penobscot Bay-huggers to generate the needed facts to trigger high quality response and remediation efforts at this site. 2015.ASoM.PublicLab_PenobscotBay.pdf...

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warren "I can't tell if there's something it's choking on in your images (maybe 'cause they were screenshots from VLC?) or it's having trouble downloading ..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "Hmm, i'm not sure what's going on with that mapknitter export. Looking into it... thanks! " | Read more » over 8 years ago
cfastie "Great report. The mini bottle and 3D printed Picavet will go in the Public Lab record books. And what a fantastic place to fly. Is that public land..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "We generally prefer the manual "yo-yo" reels because of their durability. Those little winders you're using definitely break at high loads. I hav..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "I would go after a test from the dept. of ag in maine. the university of maine has a great how-to. Lead is a standard on the test but I'll bet th..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
ronhuber "With or without participative avatars, the production and maintenance of animated 3D fly-thru bays or larger but semi-enclosed marine regions lik..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
ronhuber "This would allow us to track impacts of chronic acid pollution, of the extent of dredging resuspension, of oil spill trajectories , historic dioxin..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
donblair "Great note! I'm just going to paste in some of the comments from our email thread here, for reference: "Note in this photo comparison the expansi..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
ajawitz "Don't get me wrong. I didn't mean to come off as "the drone guy" (and every DIY tech forum seems to have one these days...) I think my intended p..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "@erget awesome! can you join the plots-dev list and we can coordinate on there? A while group of Google Summer of Code students are joining our Dev..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "Nice thinking Chris. @code4maine I don't mean to discourage you from acquiring a quad, I just really like kites, and think of coastal areas (even ..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
ajawitz "cfastie- That seems like the best approach yet. I'm going to forward your suggestion to the teacher in charge of field collections though we might ..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
cfastie "If you have Garmin GPS units, there might be a better way for students to georeference photos. If the Garmin units save track logs, with a waypoint..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
erget "@code4maine - I haven't submitted a research note, unfortunately. What you describe, however, is pretty similar to what I'm planning. I have to say..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "You're right that if you put together a kit there are some quads around $500 that are fairly capable, but there is some significant setup involved ..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
ajawitz "$300 would admittedly be a challenge, but a $500 quad with decent lift and up to an hour of flight time is not only possible, I've seen it done a n..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "@code4maine a $300-400 quad will hardly fly long enough to map much (10 minutes), and is likely to get blown going to get blown away in the wind. ..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "@erget-- are you using entirely matched stereo pairs, or are you moving to do a SFM-style unmatched parallax extraction? We have a big team worki..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "@code4maine-- certainly, doing bluetooth coupling with a home-built Gps unit and the rest sounds like a bit of a pain in the field. I'd just take..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
ajawitz "That sounds like a very interesting project! Have you submitted a research note for it? I for one would definitely be interested in exploring DIY ..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
erget "If you're wanting to use a multicoper for mapping, I'm working on automating many parts of that workflow for my dissertation. By the end of the sum..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
ajawitz "That sure would be amazing if all we had to do was take a picture with the iPads the students are using to get coordinates! But my guess is we wou..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "One of the other features we're adding to mapknitter is that it will recognize the geo coordinates stored in images' EXIF data, and the ability to ..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
ajawitz "Wow! That sounds great! I'll try to add some more information to the wiki to give people a better idea of the general project parameters and what..." | Read more » over 8 years ago