"News & Issues" piece on Cherryfield Foods' water withdrawals from Downeast rive
"News & Issues" piece on Cherryfield Foods' water withdrawals from Downeast rivers. The Land Use Regulation Commission has ruled that Cherryfield will be allowed to withdraw water from the Machias, Narraguagus and Pleasant rivers only when flows exceed 30 cubic feet per second (cfs) in August and September, and 36 cfs the rest of the year. Cherryfield's director of operations, Ragnar Kamp, said there would be "serious economic consequences" if his company is not able to irrigate its blueberry barrens sufficiently. The company employs more than 200 workers year-round and another 1,500 during the blueberry harvesting season, and has an annual payroll of $17 million. Ralph Keef, president of the Maine Council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, said the proposed limits would still compromise salmon habitat, and that the council prefers no water withdrawal from any salmon rivers.
Blueberry industry, Cherryfield Foods Inc Cherryfield, Maine Land Use Regulation Commission
Carpenter, Murray, ""News & Issues" piece on Cherryfield Foods' water withdrawals from Downeast rive" (1999). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 3573.