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The Alewife is a species of small shad



I didn't know that! I thought Alewife was just a stop on the Boston T.

Anyway, the alewives of Maine are in luck, because they have a coalition of state environmental advocacy groups working in Augusta to restore their historic spawning grounds.

That's one of several legislative priorities announced at a press conference this morning. The Maine League of Conservation Voters, along with 25 other eco-organizations, also threw their weight behind bills that would:
1) set energy efficiency standards for residential buildings in Maine
2) establish CO2 pollution-emission standards for gasification faclities and major new power plants in the state
3) require toy manufacturers to disclose the use of certain chemicals -- and encourage the use of safer alternatives, if feasible
4) create a tax credit that would encourage the re-use of historic buildings in an effort to reduce sprawl and keep new developements within downtown areas
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