Two years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously sided with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in the S.D. Warren Co. v. Maine Board of Environmental Protection et al. case about the state's ability to regulate the Presumpscot River.
Considered a landmark case for the Presumpscot specifically, and American rivers generally, a summary S.D. Warren Co. v. Maine Board can be read here. But for the truly adventurous (or dull), the Supreme Court's decision and the arguments surrounding the case can be read here and here, respectively.
And in closing, I hereby retroactively declare the 'Westbrook Word of the Year' for 2006 to be discharge.
- John C.L. Morgan