Friends of Casco Bay has launched a Baykeeper Boats Fund campaign to replace the Baykeeper vessel and build a maintenance fund. Anyone who cares about Casco Bay is invited to join Friends of Casco Bay at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant on the Portland Waterfront on Tuesday, June 5 from 5-8 p.m.
Friends of Casco Bay’s mission is to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay.
The most fundamental way we do this is through supporting the Baykeeper Program. The Casco Baykeeper is the eyes, ears, and voice of advocacy for Casco Bay. This requires a year-round, safe, and reliable presence on the water for investigating pollution incidents, maintaining visibility in the community, and conducting scientific studies and data collection.
Our Baykeeper vessel, Donovan’s Delight, has 30 years of water under its hull, and after 18 years of service to the Casco Baykeeper, it is nearing the end of its useful life. Downtime and maintenance costs have been increasing, and the boat is sometimes not available when needed most. At the same time, we need to have funds to draw on to maintain the rest of our fleet, which includes our pumpout boat BAYKEEPER II, a whaler, and a number of smaller vessels.
The Baykeeper Boats Fund Campaign is about being on the water and keeping a presence on Casco Bay.