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Nabbing Nitrogen: Join Our Clean Water Act Day of Action!

Volunteer Signups for Nabbing Nitrogen have closed. Thank you to all who signed up!

Join us to Nab Nitrogen in Portland Harbor, on Sunday morning, August 7! You will help us collect water samples around the Harbor to create a snapshot of nitrogen conditions and we need your help.

Picture yourself with 100+ other community members collecting simultaneous water samples on the water and along the shores of greater Portland Harbor, as well as on and around Little Diamond, Cushing, and Peaks Islands. We will scoop water into jars at 9:30 am from rocks, docks, piers, and all kinds of boats, from those we paddle to those we power. We will then collect the samples from you and send them to a laboratory for nitrogen analysis.

We will use all this data in our advocacy to reduce nitrogen pollution.

We will use the data to create a map of nitrogen levels. This will add to our nitrogen data set, which includes the results of our Nitrogen Nab five years ago and to staff collected data. These data allow us to gain a better understanding of sources of nitrogen and areas with excessive amounts of nitrogen. This helps Friends advocate to reduce nitrogen pollution.

You can donate to support our Nabbing Nitrogen day of action and help us reduce nitrogen pollution into Casco Bay. If you donate to support this community science effort, your gift will be doubled.

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Why does nitrogen matter? Nitrogen is an essential nutrient found in all life forms and ecosystems. A healthy amount of nitrogen in Casco Bay supports the base of the food chain. But too much nitrogen from municipal wastewater, lawncare chemicals, stormwater, air pollution, and other sources can cause excessive algal growth that lowers oxygen levels and harms the health of the Bay.

By Nabbing Nitrogen with us on August 7, you will be helping us map nitrogen levels across Portland Harbor. The success of this effort hinges on community members coming together — this work will only be possible with the help of people like you. Your volunteer time will help us as we work with the state to set science-based nitrogen limits for discharge permits that will reduce pollution into coastal waters.

We hope to have more than 100 volunteers join us to Nab Nitrogen. We also have a special need for sea kayakers and boaters of all types to collect samples from the water. Please share this opportunity to be a scientist for a day with your family and friends. It takes a community to care for the Bay.

Test post for No Umbrella Media

[No Umbrella folks: The content below is a copy of what’s on our event page. I envision replacing the image of our boat with the livestream on event day.]

First hour food, drinks, & music. Program begins at 6:30.

Location: Cunningham Farm Barns & Estate Venue, 1007 Intervale Road, New Gloucester, Maine


Friends of Casco Bay invites you to celebrate clean water! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Today, Casco Bay and waters across the nation are cleaner and healthier because of this landmark legislation authored by Maine’s Senator Edmund Muskie. At this celebration, you will have the chance to:

  • Spend time with new and longtime Friends who, like you, care about clean water
  • Hear from Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca about the importance of the Clean Water Act over the past 50 years
  • Celebrate clean water heroes for Casco Bay
  • Meet our new Executive Director, Will Everitt

Bring a friend! Let’s connect!

$20 suggested donation is appreciated, not required

Directions: From I-295, take exit 17 for US-1 toward Yarmouth/Freeport. Take US-1 South for ¼-½ a mile to the light. Turn right on a ramp toward East Main Street. Turn right onto East Maine Street. Immediately turn left onto North Road. Continue 6.1 miles and turn right onto ME-231 North/New Gloucester Road. Continue 4.2 miles. Cunningham Farm will be on your left.

Thank you to Abby Samuelson and Matt Dunlap for hosting us at Cunningham Farm.

Materials for the Annual Meeting portion of the event

2021 Annual Meeting Minutes

Friends of Casco Bay Board of Directors Elections

New directors are elected by the Board during the year and ratified by the membership at each Members Annual Meeting. Directors serve three-year terms, and they are limited to three consecutive terms. The following board members will be voted on as a slate at the meeting:

For their first three-year term: Deborah Debiegun, Ellen Grant, Howard Gray, Megan Hallett, Kirsten Piacentini

For his second three-year term: David Kaufman

For their third three-year term: Bud Higgins, Pat Ianni, Peter LeBourdais

No Poop in the Bay: Friends of Casco Bay Relaunches Pumpout Program

Friends of Casco Bay’s new Pumpout Coordinator Chris Gilday aboard their pumpout vessel, Headmaster.

We are excited to announce that we are relaunching our Pumpout Program. After a 2-year hiatus, our pumpout vessel, Headmaster, is back in the water and is being captained by our newest staff member, Pumpout Coordinator Chris Gilday.

“After working as a commercial fisherman for decades, I know firsthand how much clean marine water matters,” says Chris. “Keeping the water free of sewage by getting a pumpout is one easy thing boaters can do to ensure the Bay stays healthy.”

Casco Bay is a federally-designated No Discharge Area, making it illegal for any boat — from cruise ships to pleasure crafts — to discharge raw or partially treated sewage into the Bay. Friends of Casco Bay’s pumpout service offers an easy way for boat owners to comply with this law, and has helped to keep over 254,000 gallons of sewage out of Casco Bay since it was launched in 1995.

“The combined effects of pumpouts, the Clean Water Act, and the No Discharge Area have transformed Casco Bay,” said Friends of Casco Bay’s executive director, Will Everitt. “Just 50 years ago, sailing magazines warned tourists to avoid the Bay. Today our waters are far cleaner. As boaters, we all must continue to do our part to keep the Bay clean and healthy for everyone.”

Thousands of boats pass through and anchor in Casco Bay every summer. The past two summers in particular have seen a dramatic increase in the number of recreational boats on the Bay. With more people on the water, it is more important than ever for boaters to keep their sewage out of the Bay, in addition to other best practices like avoiding fuel spills at the gas pump, preventing trash and litter from entering the water, and proper disposal of marine flares. Boaters can learn more about these best practices at cascobay.org/boating.

“Getting a pumpout is one of the best things boaters can do,” said Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca. “It keeps the Bay free from bacteria and sewage that foul our waters and make them unsafe for recreation, fishing, and wildlife. With our pumpout service offering a safe and legal way to dispose of sewage, there is no reason to not pumpout your boat.”

To request a pumpout from Friends of Casco Bay, you must sign up for our service. You may also email pumpout [at] cascobay [dot] org or call (207) 776-0136 with questions about our service. We charge a $10 pumpout fee per 20-gallons of sewage, and additionally offer holding tank flushes for $15. For more information about our pumpout service, boaters can visit www.cascobay.org/pumpout.

Meet our new Executive Director!

Will Everitt
Executive Director, Friends of Casco Bay

Will Everitt has been hired as our next Executive Director at Friends of Casco Bay. Will is a familiar face, as he has served as our Communications and Development Director for the past 15 years and Interim Director since September 2021. With his strong background in environmental community organizing, communications, fundraising, and so much more, our Board of Directors voted unanimously to make him Executive Director.

“Casco Bay inspires me. I am honored to be named Executive Director of Friends of Casco Bay,” says Will. “Over the years, we have been able to accomplish so much for the health of the Bay, knowing that the best solutions for clean water are also solutions for the health of our economy. A healthy Bay benefits everyone who lives and works here. In a time of political division, I am proud to say that our organization includes people of many backgrounds brought together by our collective passion for clean water and this amazing Bay.”

(Left to right) Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca, Executive Director Will Everitt, and President of the Board of Directors of Friends of Casco Bay Andrew Marsters, stand on the deck of our research vessel, R/V Joseph E. Payne.

Will helped spearhead many of our major efforts in recent years. He helped grow our membership by leaps and bounds, and was key to helping us cross the finish line on our $1.5 million campaign for the Climate Change and Casco Bay Fund. In addition to his work with us, Will serves on the board of Maine Conservation Alliance.

“I am delighted that Will has agreed to lead Friends of Casco Bay into the future,” said Andrew Marsters, President of our Board of Directors. “For so many reasons, Will is just the person we need. He is a levelheaded thinker and an even-keeled leader. He has institutional memory, political savviness, and an innate talent for building relationships. Will is approachable and friendly, and inspires staff to do their very best work. And he is so much more as you will learn as you get to know him in the coming months and years. Our community and the Bay are lucky to have him.”

Before working at Friends of Casco Bay, Will directed Community Action Works’ Portland office, where he helped dozens of communities across New England protect themselves from leaking landfills, sludge spreading, and toxic pesticide spraying. He was also Maine State Director of the League of Young Voters. He is a graduate of Rutgers University.

“Will takes the helm of Friends of Casco Bay at a time when we are on a steady, solid course,” says Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca. “His leadership will help us take innovative steps to address the impacts of climate change, rising sea level, increased storms and other threats to the health of our beloved Bay. Will’s intrepid vision and fiscal skill will ensure we meet the challenges ahead.”

We look forward to you getting to know Will better in the months ahead. We hope you will join us in July at our 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act Celebration where you will have the chance to meet him in person and hear about his vision for the future.

Until then, feel free to drop him a line at willeveritt [at] cascobay [dot] org. He would love to hear from you!

We are hiring: Science and Advocacy Associate

Science and Advocacy Associate – full time with a comprehensive benefits package

Friends of Casco Bay is hiring a Science and Advocacy Associate. This new position will report to and work closely with our Casco Baykeeper and Staff Scientist to monitor the health of Casco Bay and advocate for actions to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay. This position requires both science and legal/environmental policy skills. 

Our Science Program provides much of the data that informs our Baykeeping Program. The Associate position is a role that is designed to bridge and support both programs. The Associate will work on a diverse array of issues, including climate change, stormwater pollution, nitrogen pollution, watershed development, plastic pollution, and other emerging issues. The Associate will help us expand our work to address issues affecting the tributaries that influence the health of Casco Bay. We offer a collegial workplace, a competitive salary, and excellent benefits.

About Friends of Casco Bay

Friends of Casco Bay works to improve and protect the health of Casco Bay, an Estuary of National Significance located in the Gulf of Maine. Our science program monitors the health of the Bay and tracks changing conditions. These data inform what actions we take to advocate for the Bay and how we engage the community in our stewardship efforts. 

As part of the Gulf of Maine, and as our data show, Casco Bay is warming more quickly than almost all other marine waters in the world in response to excess greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. We play a leading role in our region to reduce pollution, encourage stewardship, and address the causes and consequences of climate change. 

We are home to the Casco BAYKEEPER®, our lead advocate who acts as the eyes, ears, and voice of Casco Bay. We are one of the seven founding members of WATERKEEPER® Alliance, a network that includes more than 300 independent organizations working to protect waters around the world. Thanks to our efforts, industrial pollution has decreased, municipalities are working to reduce sewage and stormwater pollution, and the Bay has been designated a No Discharge Area, making it one of the most protected water bodies in the country. 

A Board of 15 Directors oversees the work of Friends of Casco Bay. More than 2,500 households and donors support our organization. More than 500 volunteers assist us in our efforts. We are known as an exceptional place to work, with dedicated, cohesive, long-time staff. We currently have seven full-time employees. We balance our ability to leverage collaborative efforts, funds, and volunteers, with the capacity and capabilities of staff — a talented team, each passionate about our mission. We work to improve and protect the health of this special place for everyone. We are committed to creating a culture and practices that integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into our work.

Our Science Program: Friends of Casco Bay collects long-term data on the health of the Bay. Our Science program consists primarily of two efforts. One component builds on a 30-year dataset that provides monthly “snapshot” conditions at more than twenty sites spread around the Bay. The second collects hourly data from three Continuous Monitoring Stations: one in Portland Harbor, one close to the middle of the Bay in waters off Yarmouth, and one in the eastern end of the Bay in waters off Harpswell.

Our Baykeeping Program: Baykeeping is our mission put into practice: acting to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay. In short, Baykeeping is about reducing pollution and addressing climate change. We work within many coalitions and networks. We analyze and use the law to advance policy. Although this work is primarily at a state and local level, it sometimes requires action at a federal level.

The job of Science and Advocacy Associate
Science: The Associate will work with our Staff Scientist to learn to maintain, calibrate, and deploy our seasonal and continuous monitoring equipment. The Associate will monitor water quality in the field with our Staff Scientist and Casco Baykeeper. Training will be provided consistent with our Quality Assurance Project Plans and protocols. The Associate also will augment the capacity of our Staff Scientist to graph, analyze, and present data to support our advocacy and education efforts.

In due time, the Associate would be responsible for investigating and collecting data related to issues of concern that plague the health of the Bay and its tributaries. For example, this person might be trained to help monitor for PFAS, microplastics, and/or the effects of nitrogen pollution. This person also might help us investigate emergent, unexpected issues such as fish kills and loss of eelgrass.

Baykeeping: The Associate will be expected to engage in legal research and creative problem solving to help advance policy, laws, and regulations. The Associate will help draft comments on Clean Water Act permits that regulate the discharge of pollution in the Casco Bay watershed. The Associate will be expected to work collaboratively within our many networks and partnerships. The Associate will spend considerable time attending meetings and getting to know our community, with an aim toward covering certain topics independently. This position is similar to an associate environmental attorney position. Baykeeping covers many topics and requires a keen ability to quickly master diverse subject matter, identify strategies, and implement solutions. The Associate should possess skills that lean toward that model of work and a willingness to constantly learn and have an open mind. In time, the Associate may be called upon to testify before the legislature, in administrative forums, or at municipal meetings. 

The Associate will work at the direction of the Staff Scientist and Casco Baykeeper; all staff report to the Executive Director.

Attributes, Skills, and Experience

Qualified candidates must have the following:

  • A background in biology, environmental science, marine science, or a related science 
  • Advanced legal and/or policy education, preferably a juris doctorate, and/or relevant experience
  • Dedication to our mission
  • Ability to lift and move items up to 30 pounds without assistance due to the physical nature of our fieldwork

Qualified candidates should demonstrate:

  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Ability to implement detailed scientific protocols
  •  Ability to use scientific data and research to support policy changes and action
  • Strategic and dynamic thinker and collaborator
  • Commitment to study the background of issues and their regulatory context
  • Ability to sometimes work outside of normal business hours
  • A personal and professional commitment to environmental stewardship and passion for applying that to the mission of Friends of Casco Bay
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Clear verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and with teams

Qualified candidates might also have:

  • Knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, and policies that affect marine water quality and habitat 
  • Understanding of the political and legislative process, and how policy, ordinances, and laws are made and enforced
  • Relevant field experience, such as monitoring water quality or investigating causes of pollution
  • Experience leading field trips 
  • Comfort with public speaking 
  • Knowledge of Casco Bay
  • Comfortable on the water in variable conditions

Salary and benefits:
The salary range is $55,000 to $60,000/year ($26.04-$28.85/hour), commensurate with experience. We offer an excellent benefits package, including paid vacation time, 13 state and federal holidays, health and dental insurance (employer pays 75% and contributes to a health savings account), paid sick days, life insurance, and retirement plan, including a 4% employer match. 

Location and public health expectations
Friends of Casco Bay is located in South Portland, Maine, in the greater Portland region. We currently work using a hybrid model of working from home and working in the office. This is not a “remote” only position. By its nature, this position requires showing up in person at meetings and doing work on the Bay. The Greater Portland area offers a vibrant cultural scene and easy access to the state’s many recreational opportunities. 100% of our staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 and we expect our newest employee to be too. 

Start date
As soon as possible upon job offer.

Application Instructions

A complete application package from interested applicants must include:

  • A cover letter citing why you are qualified for the position
  • A resume
  • A writing sample that you have written, not to exceed 750 words, preferably on a matter of science or environmental policy or environmental law

Email your application as a single PDF document to keeper [at] cascobay [dot] org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with priority given to applications received by June 15. Screenings and interviews will be conducted initially by phone and online; finalists will be interviewed in person as CDC guidelines allow. No phone calls, please.

About Casco Bay

Casco Bay encompasses 14 coastal communities, including two of Maine’s largest cities, Portland and South Portland, and two of Maine’s newest towns, Long Island and Chebeague Island. Casco Bay is both a working waterfront—a port of call for cruise ships, oil tankers, and container ships—and a scenic postcard of historic forts, stalwart lighthouses, secluded anchorages, and many islands.

We are home to the Casco Baykeeper

Baykeeping is our mission put into practice: acting to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay. Our Baykeeping Program exists to advocate for solutions to environmental challenges facing the Bay.

30 Years of Friends of Casco Bay

This timeline highlights our biggest victories as well as some of the most significant moments of Friends of Casco Bay’s history over the past three decades. 

We are hiring: Development Director

Development Director- full time with comprehensive benefits package

Friends of Casco Bay is hiring a Development Director. The Development Director will work closely with our Executive Director and communications and development staff to design, implement, and successfully execute a comprehensive fundraising program that ensures that we have the support we need to fulfill our mission.

About Friends of Casco Bay

Friends of Casco Bay’s mission is to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay, an Estuary of National Significance, located in the Gulf of Maine. Our science program monitors the health of the Bay and tracks changing conditions. These data inform our advocacy and how we engage the community in our stewardship efforts. 

Casco Bay is changing. As part of the Gulf of Maine, and as our data show, Casco Bay is warming more quickly than almost all other marine waters in the world in response to excess greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. We play a leading role in our region to reduce pollution, encourage stewardship, and address the causes and consequences of climate change. 

We are home to the Casco BAYKEEPER®, our lead advocate who acts as the eyes, ears, and voice of Casco Bay. We are one of the seven founding members of WATERKEEPER® Alliance, a network that includes more than 300 independent organizations working to protect waters around the world. Thanks to our efforts, industrial pollution has decreased, municipalities are working to reduce sewage and stormwater pollution, and the Bay has been designated a No Discharge Area, making it one of the most protected water bodies in the country. 

A Board of 15 Directors oversees the work of Friends of Casco Bay. More than 2,500 households and donors support our organization. More than 500 volunteers assist us in our efforts. We are known as an exceptional place to work, with dedicated, cohesive, long-time staff. We currently have eight full-time employees. We balance our ability to leverage collaborative efforts, funds, and volunteers, with the capacity and capabilities of staff — a talented team, each passionate about our mission. We work to improve and protect the health of this special place for everyone. We are committed to creating a culture and practices that integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into our work.

Friends of Casco Bay receives restricted and unrestricted funds from individuals, corporations, foundations, governments, nonprofits, and events. Annual revenue is in the range of $1,300,000. Our fundraising strategies are donor-centric and collaborative.

The job of the Development Director

The Development Director (DD) works to ensure Friends of Casco Bay’s long-term success through developing and sustaining diverse funding sources. This position requires collaboration with all of our staff. The DD is responsible for the research, identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. Relationship building is crucial to our work. The DD will broaden our visibility, increase engagement, highlight our work, and encourage action. The DD will work with our communications team to tell stories that connect us with our communities. The DD must adhere to the work plan and calendar to meet deadlines. The Development Director reports to the Executive Director (ED). The DD manages and oversees the Development Assistant (DA). Specific duties include:

Development Efforts

  • Manage our renewal process for our existing donors
  • Develop a prioritized list of prospective individual major donors, corporate donors, and foundations
  • Continue to recruit new members and donors while encouraging deepening commitments from those already aboard
  • Research funders and submit proposals to foundations, corporations, government agencies, and others, to fund our initiatives and programs
  • Provide fundraising input as new program initiatives are developed
  • Work with the ED and the Community Engagement Committee of the Board of Directors to identify and contact corporate donors and corporate sponsors
  • Facilitate and organize meetings between major donors, businesses, and foundations and the ED, the Casco Baykeeper and/or Board members
  • Submit updates to funders, generating content in collaboration with staff, to report on how funds have been used
  • Conduct membership acquisition campaigns: obtain, sort or generate lists; write appeals; coordinate production and mailing
  • Develop strategic opportunities to partner with other organizations for funding 
  • Work with ED and Board to develop and implement capital campaigns as appropriate

Research, Planning, and Collaboration

  • Work with the ED to set fundraising goals while developing the next year’s revenue budget; prepare a twelve-month fundraising plan with monthly goals and deadlines
  • Work with the ED to develop short-term and long-term communication and fundraising strategies to:
    • Increase the number and the amount of individual donations
    • Increase the number and the amount of gifts to the Annual Fund
    • Identify benchmarks, set measurable goals, and organize implementation strategies for our communications and development work
  • Work with ED and Staff Writer to develop monthly and weekly communications plans to engage supporters and would-be supporters
  • Help plan and implement public events, such as our Annual Members Meeting; Donor Appreciation Event; house parties, Casco Bay Matters events, and others
  • Work with staff to advance our visibility through cohesive visual branding in our documents, publications, website, emails, social media, presentations, and other materials
  • Help keep our website up-to-date 

Execution

  • Meet monthly and annual fundraising goals
  • Manage the writing and submittal of grant proposals and donor requests
  • Solicit and close gifts personally and/or as part of a team
  • Manage Development Assistant for most efficient and effective use of time and skills relative to our operating plan
  • Work with the Office Manager to coordinate mailings and billing notices
  • Manage our monthly renewal cycle was well as our biannual annual fund and special appeal mailings
  • Facilitate contract finalization for government work, if requested.
  • Generate all follow up correspondence to major donors and foundations (e.g., thank you acknowledgements, thank you telephone calls/messages, reports to grantors, and the like)
  • Collaborate with the ED, Staff Writer, and other staff on the concept/theme for newsletters, the Annual Fund Appeals and Special Appeals

Tracking and Reporting

  • Maintain the tracking systems for all donors via Raiser’s Edge and, when appropriate, paper records
  • Prepare reports for the ED and Community Engagement Committee of the Board on the status and progress of targeted funds and on the successes to date
  • Help develop and design materials, including invitations, mailing pieces, newsletters, fact sheets, and emails
  • Attend staff, board, and Community Engagement Committee meetings.
  • Be alert to professional development opportunities

Attributes, Skills, and Experience

  • Substantial and successful fundraising experience: raising money for environmental causes from a combination of foundations, governments, corporations, and individuals. 
  • Experience in membership, sponsorship, and annual fundraising appeals 
  • Communication ability: Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Environmental or marine science knowledge: ability to understand scientific issues and present them in an accessible and effective manner
  • Passion for the environment and the ability to articulate our work in terms of a compelling vision
  • Knowledge of the local, state and regional funding communities: businesses, individuals, foundations, philanthropists, and government sources; experience with federal government grants, a plus
  • Computer skills: Competence in use of PC word processing, database, social networking, and spreadsheet software. Friends of Casco Bay currently uses Word, Excel, Raiser’s Edge, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WordPress 
  • Organizing skills: Must be organized, calendar oriented, able to keep others organized and motivated around fundraising activities, able to meet deadlines, think strategically, reach goals, pay strict attention to detail, and convey information in organized and meaningful presentations.
  • Fundraising principles and accounting: Ethical commitment to the proper recording and recognition of income in compliance with nonprofit accounting principles is essential. Understanding of accrual basis and the ability to help reconcile fundraising records with those provided by accounting, a plus.

Salary and benefits:

The salary range is $63,000 to $75,000/year, commensurate with experience, with an excellent benefits package, including paid vacation time, 13 state and federal holidays, health and dental insurance (employer pays 75% and contributes to a health savings account), paid sick days, life insurance, and retirement plan, including a 4% employer match.

Location and public health expectations

Friends of Casco Bay is located in South Portland, Maine, in the greater Portland region. We currently work using a hybrid model of working from home and working in the office. This is not a “remote” only position. By its nature, this position requires showing up in person at meetings and doing work on the Bay. The Greater Portland area offers a vibrant cultural scene and easy access to the state’s many recreational opportunities. 100% of our staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 and we expect our newest employee to be, too.

Start date

As soon as possible upon job offer.

Application Instructions

A complete application package from interested applicants must include:

  • A letter of application citing why you are qualified for the position
  • A resume
  • A writing sample that you have written not to exceed 750 words, preferably for a fundraising request or proposal

Email your application as a single PDF document to keeper [at] cascobay [dot] org. This is a priority position that we hope to fill with the right candidate as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Screenings and interviews will be conducted initially by phone and online; finalists will be interviewed in person as CDC guidelines allow. No phone calls, please.

About Casco Bay

Casco Bay encompasses 14 coastal communities, including two of Maine’s largest cities, Portland and South Portland, and two of Maine’s newest towns, Long Island and Chebeague Island. Casco Bay is both a working waterfront—a port of call for cruise ships, oil tankers, and container ships—and a scenic postcard of historic forts, stalwart lighthouses, secluded anchorages, and many islands.

We are home to the Casco Baykeeper

Baykeeping is our mission put into practice: acting to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay. Our Baykeeping Program exists to advocate for solutions to environmental challenges facing the Bay.

30 Years of Friends of Casco Bay

This timeline highlights our biggest victories as well as some of the most significant moments of Friends of Casco Bay’s history over the past three decades. 

Celebrating the Presumpscot River and the Clean Water Act

Photo provided by Michael Shaughnessy, Friends of the Presumpscot River.

Join us for a walk along the Presumpscot River to learn about its history and how the Clean Water Act has been used and will continue to be used to restore its health.

What: An Evening Along the Presumpscot River; the “River of Many Falls” and the Clean Water Act

When: Wednesday, June 29, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (rain date is Thursday, June 30)

Where: Westbrook, Maine. We will meet where the Westbrook River Walk path crosses Bridge Street, near the corner of Bridge and Main Street in downtown Westbrook. From there, we will take a leisurely walk up the bank of the river, approximately ½ mile (one mile, round trip). Be sure to wear your walking shoes, as the path is mostly dirt, stones, and grass. 

Parking: There is free, public parking throughout downtown Westbrook, including the temporary lot at the corner of Bridge and Main Street.

Public Transportation: METRO’s Route #3 and Route #4 using the Westbrook Hub Shelter Stop ID: 348

The Presumpscot River drains approximately two-thirds of the Casco Bay watershed, and flows through diverse landscapes, from rolling countryside to urban centers. The river has a sordid history of industrial pollution, but thanks to the tireless efforts of our partners at Friends of the Presumpscot River and others, its waters have rebounded dramatically.

We will begin our walk at Saccarappa Falls in downtown Westbrook. Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca will open the event with an overview of work to improve and protect the health of the river, including upgrading its Clean Water Act classification. Then Friends of the Presumpscot River board members Will Plumley and Michael Shaughnessy will lead us on a leisurely and short walk up the banks of the river, with stops along the way to describe its long history of industrial pollution, the many efforts to support fish passage, and the inspirational legacy of Abenaki leader, Chief Polin. We hope you will join us!

Let us know you plan to attend by emailing keeper [at] cascobay [dot] org. We will keep you informed if we need to reschedule the walk to the rain date.

The State of the Bay: 50 years of the Clean Water Act and 30+ Years of Advocacy, A Casco Bay Matters Event

Please join us online on Wednesday, May 18, from noon to 1 p.m. for The State of the Bay: 50 years of the Clean Water Act and 30+ Years of Advocacy, A Casco Bay Matters Event.

This event kicks off our year of celebrations honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act and our community’s work to improve and protect the health of Casco Bay.

Our guest speaker, Curtis Bohlen, is an exemplary field scientist and data analyst, and Director of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership. Every five years the Partnership gathers data from scientists and researchers around Casco Bay, crunches the numbers, and publishes the State of the Bay Report – a comprehensive overview of conditions in the Casco Bay watershed and how it is changing.

At the event, Curtis will share insights from the State of the Bay Report and reflect on how the Clean Water Act has helped improve the health of Casco Bay. He will be joined by Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca and Staff Scientist Mike Doan to discuss current challenges the Bay is facing and how the Clean Water Act can help us address them.

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the health of Casco Bay, the Clean Water Act, and other issues facing our coastal waters.

 

Register Now

 

What: The State of the Bay: 50 years of the Clean Water Act and 30+ Years of Advocacy, A Casco Bay Matters Event.

When: Wednesday, May 18, Noon – 1 p.m.

This event will take place via Zoom. You must register to attend. We would love for you to join us.

Register your boat for 2022 pumpouts

How do I get my boat pumped out?

The first step to get a pumpout for the 2022 season is to complete the form to the right. This gets you set up in our billing system.

After completing the form, you can request a pumpout by emailing pumpout [at] cascobay [dot] org.  You can request additional pumpouts by simply emailing. Please include the following information in your email requests: your name, your boat’s location, the slip/mooring location, boat type and make, you boat’s name, a brief description of your boat so that we can easily find it, the waste deck plate, the waste tank capacity, and the best phone number to reach you during the day.

Our Pumpout Coordinator Jim Splude looks forward to working with you. Jim runs our pumpout service from throughout the boating season, May through October.

For a fee of $10 per 20 gallons, he will pump out marine toilets from recreational boats between South Portland and Freeport. Owners do not have to be present, but he is happy to teach small boat handlers how to perform the task themselves.

Jim, a native of Portland, has nearly 20 years of experience working in and around marinas. He can be reached at pumpout [at] cascobay [dot] org or (207) 776-0136.

 

2022 Pumpout Season Registration

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Please list the best phone number to reach you during weekdays.
Boat Location(Required)

It may take us a week to service your boat after your request is submitted. We service boats located from South Portland to Falmouth regularly. For other locations, please know it make take longer for us to service the boat. Locations outside of South Portland to Harpswell are not typically serviced.
Boat Type(Required)

Please include hull color.
Payment(Required)
Service is not immediate(Required)
Email requirement(Required)