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Feeling thankful for Friends like you

It takes a community to take care of the Bay. We appreciate the volunteers, donors, supporters, organizations, and government agencies who partner with us to protect the health of the coastal waters we all love.

We thank you for being among the best Friends a Bay could have.

Clifford Ross (United States, born 1952), Hurricane XVII, 2000, archival pigment print on Japanese-style Gampi paper, 15 1/8 x 19 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ryan Lee Gallery © Clifford Ross

Join us and our partners for an upcoming event:

Sightlines and the Sea: Reflections on the Art and Science of Water

Join Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca and a panel of local scientists, policy makers, and artists as they reflect on the science and art of water through the lens of artist Clifford Ross’ extraordinary hurricane photographs. Hosted by the Portland Museum of Art and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, you are invited to tune in to the virtual event on December 2 from 6 – 7 p.m. You can register for the event here

Read our recent stories

We are water, we are the Bay

December 1, 2021

Dear Friends of Casco Bay, Gulf of Maine poet Gary Lawless read his poem, “For Casco Bay, for Us,” for the first time to a live crowd at former Executive Director Cathy Ramsdell’s retirement party in August. The poem has been echoing in my ear since then. Gary reminds us… Read more

We are hiring: Development Assistant

November 17, 2021

Development Assistant – full time with comprehensive benefits package Friends of Casco Bay, has worked for over 30 years to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay. We are a member-based organization and seek a Development Assistant to help sustain that membership. This is an opportunity to join… Read more

From Casco Bay to Glasgow: UN climate talks

November 16, 2021

Last Saturday marked the conclusion of the United Nations’ climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland. For the past two weeks, leaders from around the world convened to negotiate plans and intensify efforts to combat the climate crisis. Called COP26, this was the 26th meeting of the “Conference of the Parties,” the nations… Read more

Friends’ Volunteers Document Eelgrass Mystery

November 12, 2021

  Water Reporters up and down Casco Bay have been documenting an increase of torn and uprooted eelgrass washing ashore from mid-August through September. Falmouth Town Landing, Broad Cove, Wolfe’s Neck, and Maquoit Bay are among the locations where Water Reporters have encountered piles of this ecologically vital, ribbon-like seagrass. Eelgrass… Read more

What did we see on the Bay this summer?

November 3, 2021

Last week over 165 Friends of the Bay joined Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca and Staff Scientist Mike Doan online at our latest Casco Bay Matters Event: What Casco Bay Is Telling Us. Here is a recording of the event for those of you who were unable to attend or would like to revisit the… Read more

Maine’s Largest Wastewater Treatment Facility Keeps 1.5 Million Pounds of Nitrogen Out of the Bay

October 26, 2021

Following plant upgrades and improved techniques at Portland’s East End Wastewater Treatment Facility in 2017, struggling eelgrass beds near the facility’s discharge outfall have rebounded and we have observed a decline in nuisance algal blooms in lower Back Cove. Portland’s East End Wastewater Treatment Facility, the largest treatment plant in… Read more