As Maine's new governor and legislature transition to policy-making, they'll be faced with issues involving Maine's health, economy and environment. On Tuesday morning, two dozen environmental groups released a plan to help.
"Following this blueprint we can make smart, well-planned investments that position us to lead and benefit us from this quickly changing world while also maintaining out solid roots in Maine's beautiful environment that we call home," said Maine Conservation Alliance Executive Director Maureen Drouin.
Securing Maine's Future addresses ways to achieve clean water, energy independence, land and wildlife preservation and healthy local food.
"Together with these twenty four organizations we have talent and expertise to make sure that the new governor-elect and the new legislature is able to protect our environment, our health and our way of life," said Drouin.
The framework was designed by organizations involved with the Maine Conservation Alliance. It includes data and policy specifics for lawmakers.
"This coalition has been working on these issues for eight years and building extraordinary bipartisan support.," said Drouin. "I think we will have a new chief that fundamentally believes in the connection between our environment and our economy."
Authors of the report hope to achieve goals surrounding the four priorities by 2022. That includes transitioning to renewable energy.
"We need innovative, common-sense updates to Maine's energy policies with a focus on local, flexible, small-scale distributed energy projects." said Acadia Center Maine Policy Advocate Kathleen Meil.
Drouin thinks there's a real opportunity to pass solar policy given the new administration,
"We are looking forward to this next session and working with members of both political parties," said Drouin. "I think the environment is one area where it does cut across the aisle."
The entire Securing Maine's Future report can be found online at protectmaine.org.