Maine NEMO Program

Maine Non-Point Education for
Municipal Education (Maine NEMO)

This program did not receive renewal of funding for 2013, and has been terminated as of February, 2013.  For more information please contact LaMarr Clannon directly at: lclannon@roadrunner.com or 207.592.3680

 

This is a contract project that PETE entered into in December 2001 with funding from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Maine State Planning Office – Coastal Program and the Maine Department of Health & Human Services-Drinking Water Program. The principal objective of Maine NEMO is to educate municipal officials about the consequences of land-use decisions on water quality. In addition, the long-term goal of the program is to raise awareness about non-point source pollution amongst citizen and stakeholder groups throughout Maine.

An Advisory Committee which consists of Maine DEP, U.S. EPA Region 1, Maine SPO-Coastal Program, Maine Department of Health & Human Services-Drinking Water Program, Maine Cooperative Extension, Service Maine Sea Grant, and University of Southern Maine oversees the project.

The Maine NEMO educational program starts with a basic presentation that explains the links between land use, water quality, and community character. The program then offers follow-up presentations and materials to help communities get started on natural resource-based planning. These programs assist communities in moving forward on two major aspects of natural-resource based planning: planning for areas to be preserved, and those suitable for development. The type of information that these programs can include are: 1) basic principals of non-point source pollution and increased flows due to storm water; 2) the relationship between land use, natural resource protection and water quality; and 3) planning and site design options to reduce the impacts from development.

The NEMO Network includes Beginning with Habitat, Casco Bay Estuary Project, Friends of Casco Bay, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Lakes Environmental Association, Maine DEP, State Planning Office, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Sea Grant Program, Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, University of Southern Maine, and College of the Atlantic.

NEMO  (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) is an educational program that provides information and motivation for land use decision makers addressing the relationship between land use and natural resource protection, with a focus on water resources and stormwater runoff.    Maine NEMO regularly acts as a facilitator and an interface between the scientific community and municipalities addressing water quality issues. The Maine NEMO program has been a critical source of information for towns interested in Low Impact Development, and consistently provides cutting edge training for municipal officials and the development community.    Maine NEMO can help educate your town’s municipal officials and citizens on the links between land use and water quality, help with techniques to determine areas best suited for development and conservation, determine a town’s values and what defines community character, and help update ordinances and town practices to reflect those values.

LaMarr has coordinated the Maine NEMO program since 2004, and has worked on water quality issues her entire career.  With degrees in chemistry and environmental engineering she is sharing her passion for clean water with land use decision makers.   LaMarr has been extremely successful working with communities on Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination training, standard operating procedures for municipal garages, updating ordinances to reflect state requirements, training professionals on Low Impact Development and working with towns on theoretical buildout impervious surface cover for Urban Impaired Streams.

Please visit the Maine Nemo website at www.mainenemo.org.