Midcoast Maine Audubon will present "a balanced panel discussion" on the Penobscot Bay watershed and the environmental impacts of the proposed salmon farms for Belfast and Bucksport, Camden Public Library announced in a press release today.

The discussion will take place Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the library, at 55 Main St.

Seating is limited; attendees are urged to arrive early. Standing room is not permitted per fire codes.

The event will be live-streamed on the Camden Public Library Facebook page for those not able to attend. It is not necessary to be a Facebook member to view the video; simply search for the library Facebook and click on "Videos," either during or after the event.

The library said it does not take a stance on this issue and welcomes a civil and respectful conversation from all parties.

The panel will be moderated by John Morrison of the World Wildlife Fund. Morrison is an experienced conservation planner with a demonstrated history of working with nonprofit organizations and government.

Formerly a professional geologist and hydrologist, Morrison graduated from Emory University (geology), University of California, Berkeley (engineering science – hydrology), and the University of California, Davis (ecology – conservation biology).

Panelists are Andrew Stevenson, Dr. Nichole N. Price and Eric Sanders.

Stevenson is a Belfast resident who recently retired from a career in the environmental protection, information systems, and health care fields. He has worked on water quality issues since 1974 when he joined the U.S. EPA’s Office of Water during the Nixon administration to help write regulations for the area-wide water pollution control planning program created by Section 208 of the Clean Water Act of 1972.

Stevenson was technical services director for the Association of Wastewater Treatment Agencies, political affairs director for the Water Pollution Control Federation (now the Water Environment Federation), and a partner in the hazardous waste consulting firm, CDM Federal Programs Corp.

While a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University, he began his career studying ways to reduce phosphorus pollution in Lake Erie.

Price is senior research scientist director, Center for Venture Research on Seafood Solutions, a new center focused on securing sustainable, nutritious, and safe seafood for generations to come at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay.

The center for Seafood Solutions seeks to translate cutting-edge marine science to bridge the gap between knowledge and action. Price’s research and partnerships with NOAA, the Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife have taken her scuba diving around the globe on coral reefs in Africa, Asia, and across remote islands in the Central and South Pacific.

Recently, Price has focused her work in Southern California and the Gulf of Maine, where she collaborates with members of the seaweed and shellfish industries to develop remediation strategies for ocean acidification, nutrient loading, and low oxygen conditions.

She earned her Ph.D. in marine ecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and became an institutional postdoctoral fellow, then project scientist, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography before to moving to Maine.

Price has 15 years of experience studying impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine ecosystems and uses this knowledge to help find evidence-based, local solutions to global challenges.

Sanders is a Belfast city councilor from Ward 3. He graduated from William Jewell College with a degree in communications in 1982, and from the American Academy with a degree in acting studies in 1984. Currently, he lives in Belfast with his wife Courtney and three children, and works at Bank of America.

Sanders has been a city councilor for nine years, during which time he has served on the RSU 20 Withdrawal, Energy, and Climate Change committees. As a City Councilor, he has also worked with various community organizations, including Belfast Waterfall Arts and Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, serving on their boards as a city liaison.