Friends of Casco Bay’s effective programs and management have earned us accolades over the years. See below for a list of awards, honors, and recognition we have received.


2012 Bates College-Morse Mountain Award for Environmental Lifetime Achievement to Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne

at Harward Center for Community Partnerships Awards Celebration


2012 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Merit Award for Lifetime Achievement to Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne

Recognizes environmental stewardship throughout New England


2011 The “HERO” Award presented to Joe Payne by Waterkeeper Alliance, recognizing his 20 years as Casco Baykeeper, making him the second-longest-serving Waterkeeper ever.


2010 Gulf of Maine Visionary Award, Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment

Peter Milholland, Citizen Stewards Coordinator, was given the Council’s Visionary Award for Maine for his work with volunteers. The Visionary Award recognizes innovation, creativity, and commitment to marine protection by those who are making a difference to the health of the Gulf of Maine.


2009 Maine Public Relations Council Lightship Award

The Maine Public Relations Council awarded its annual Lightship Award to Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne, for representing the ideals of what makes an outstanding public relations professional. In receiving this award, Joe joins the ranks of such luminaries as Joan Benoit Samuelson, Governor Agnus King, Dr. Dora Anne Mills, and Kim Block


2008 L.L. Bean Outdoor Hero Award

Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne won the international L.L.Bean Outdoor Hero Award. Outdoor Heroes are people “who by their words, attitude, and actions have helped connect people to the world around them.” The award recognizes Joe’s effective work to restore the health of Casco Bay over the past 17 years.


2007 Maine Association of Nonprofits’ Award for Nonprofit Excellence

Friends of Casco Bay won First Place in the Maine Association of Nonprofit’s first annual Dirigo Award for Nonprofit Excellence in Maine. The award recognizes our sound and innovative management practices. This is a testament to our dedicated board, staff, volunteers, members, and funders.


2006 Maine Public Relations Council Golden Arrow Award

The Maine Public Relations Council’s Silver Award for Special Events recognized Friends of Casco Bay’s public outreach efforts in planning a celebratory event to recognize 15 years of Baykeeping. “A Bay Caper for the Casco Baykeeper,” attended by more than 220 friends and supporters, garnered a wide range of for media coverage and community involvement.


2006 Bowdoin College Community Partner Award

Bowdoin College gave Friends of Casco Bay its Community Partner Award for long-term collaboration with the College’s Service Learning Program. In granting the award, the College told Friends of Casco Bay, “Your long-standing relationship with Bowdoin College has led to the enhanced learning of so many students as they apply their academic talents and skills to real world problems. You have warmly received them, mentored them, and served as incredible role models, piquing their interest in work in the non-profit, governmental, and environmental fields.”


2004 Legislative Proclamation

On October 20, 2004, the 121st Maine Legislature officially recognized Friends of Casco Bay’s accomplishments over 15 years of protecting Casco Bay. The proclamation was signed by the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Secretary of the Senate, and the Clerk of the House. It was introduced by Rep. Herb Adams, who worked with Friends of Casco Bay on a bill to control cruise ship pollution; the proclamation was co-sponsored by 13 additional legislators representing 3 political parties.


2003 One of Maine Community Foundation’s “Twenty Great Grants”

Friends of Casco Bay was cited in Maine Community Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Report to the Community as one of “Twenty Great Grants” in its history. Choosing one exemplary grant from each year was a daunting task, as MCF had made 15,000 grants totaling nearly $45 million. MCF President Henry Schmelzer said, “We wanted to highlight programs that made a difference in the communities they serve.”


2002 EPA Clean Water Act Award

The Environmental Protection Agency honored Friends of Casco Bay’s Citizen Stewards Program on the 30th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act in October 2002. Steve Silva, Director of the EPA’s Maine Program, presented the award to Citizen Stewards Coordinator Peter Milholland, noting that Friends of Casco Bay’s quality-assured program is a model for other water quality programs.


2002 Maine Economic Growth Council’s Gold Star Award

In recognition of Friends of Casco Bay’s contribution to improving the water quality of Maine’s marine areas, House Speaker Michael Saxl presented Joe Payne with the Maine Economic Growth Council’s Gold Star Award in February 2002. Gold Star Awards are given to groups that contribute to the achievement of benchmarks set in the Measures of Growth, an annual report produced by the Maine Development Foundation and the Maine Economic Growth Council.


2000 Governor’s Stewardship Award for Environmental Excellence

Presented to Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne by Governor Angus King, this award recognized the vital stewardship role Joe performs. The Governor’s Awards are given to businesses, organizations, and individuals “to recognize and celebrate outstanding environmental protection efforts in pollution prevention, stewardship, sustainable development, government, education, and environmental management systems.”


1999 United States Coast Guard Certificate of Merit

Given in recognition of Friends of Casco Bay’s role in the Portland Harbor Maintenance Dredge Project, this award cited Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne for his “superior leadership and outstanding management” during the project. The award noted that such leadership and expertise led to “true environmental stewardship, ensuring that the environmental issues involved with dredging and permitting were addressed.”


1999 Governor’s Service Awards

In 1999, the Governor’s Service Award for Excellence in Volunteer Administration was awarded to Peter Milholland, Citizen Stewards Coordinator. Our high school student intern at the time, Meaghan Murphy, received the Youth Volunteer Award.


1998 Spring Point Light Innovation and Leadership Award, City of South Portland

Presented to Baykeeper Joe Payne, this award is given to recognize works that will benefit the community for at least a generation. South Portland City Manager Jeff Jordan, in presenting the award, noted that Friends of Casco Bay “established a new standard for business, government, and environmentalists working together to protect the environment.”


1997 United States Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Medal

This award cited Joe Payne for “exceptional dedication and outstanding cooperation in support of the Coast Guard’s response to the major oil spill from the tanker Julie N in Portland Harbor.” In making the award, the U.S. Coast Guard recognized that the Casco Baykeeper’s actions “were essential to the successful completion of the response and the reduction of resultant environmental damage,” adding that such actions were “in keeping with the highest traditions of public service.”


1997 Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Certificate of Appreciation

This award was given for Friends of Casco Bay’s volunteer services in support of DMR’s water quality monitoring.


1995 World Wildlife Fund Innovation Grant

Awarded to recognize excellence in conservation, this prestigious grant was presented to Friends of Casco Bay for community efforts to implement innovative strategies for the conservation of nature and to spark creativity and action in natural resources protection.


1995 Casco Bay Estuary Project Citation

This citation was given to Friends of Casco Bay in 1995 in recognition of our commitment to protecting Casco Bay and its watershed.


1992 Gulf of Maine Visionary Award, Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment

This award was presented to Friends of Casco Bay for our work on behalf of Casco Bay and for raising public and governmental awareness of threats to the environmental quality of the Bay.