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Nick Archer

​Nick Archer

Nick Archer started his career in the environmental field in wastewater facility operations. He has extensive experience in the construction of, as well as the biological and mechanical startups of wastewater facilities. His wastewater experience was at the Portland Water District, the town of Millinocket and then at the Presque Isle Water District before being hired at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in 1986 as the regional section head in the Bureau of Water Quality at the Presque Isle Office. Here his primary responsibility was to manage the department’s NPDES program which included the operation, maintenance, compliance and enforcement of the industrial, commercial and municipal wastewater facilities in the region. He was hired as the Northern Maine Regional Office Director in 1999 retiring from that position in 2020. As the regional Office Director he planned, directed, and oversaw the DEP’s programs at the regional level to ensure statewide goals were being met while being consistent with both the agencies’ mission as well as that of the region. A career highlight was the organizing of municipal, state, county, private industry and federal organizations to remove two dams on Salmon Stream, a major tributary to the Aroostook River in Washburn. This resulted in the restoration of eighty thousand acres of historical brook trout and Atlantic salmon habitat that had been blocked to fish migration since the middle part of the 1800s. Nick is past president of the Presque Isle Fish and Game Club and the current chairperson of the Presque Isle Fish and Game Club’s Sportsman Show. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited and sits on both the ILA and the overall board of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. He is also Vice Chairman of the town of Waterford’s Planning Board. He is a graduate of the Wastewater Operations program at the Southern Maine Community College and holds an AA degree in Environmental Science from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He also maintains a grade V State of Maine wastewater operator license. Nick was awarded the Department of Environmental Protection’s highest individual award named in honor of Evelyn Jepson in 1989.

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