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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

31 Years of Seasonal Sampling

June 8, 2023

Today, on World Ocean Day, we are celebrating our 31st year of collecting seasonal water quality data on the health of Casco Bay! It also happens to be Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca’s birthday – Happy Birthday, Ivy! Every year, from May to October, Ivy and Staff Scientist Mike Doan take… Read more

Willard Beach Reopens to Public

June 8, 2023

A sewer pipe near Willard Beach burst last week, causing the City of South Portland to temporarily close the beach to the public. We were in contact with the city as they worked to repair the pipe and are grateful for South Portland Water Resource Protection’s quick response to stop… Read more

We Are Water: Friends of Casco Bay Members Annual Meeting

May 31, 2023

Wednesday, August 2, 2023, 5:00-7:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:30 p.m. Location: Spring Point Field, Southern Maine Community College 50 Lighthouse Circle, South Portland, Maine Friends of Casco Bay invites you to celebrate the Bay we all love! Join us for delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and the company of Friends… Read more

Member Survey Results

May 23, 2023

Dear Friends, Spring is a time of new beginnings. Ospreys are at their nests. Alewives are swimming upriver. At Friends of Casco Bay, spring means the start of a new fiscal year and the start of Water Quality Monitoring season–in fact, this is our 31st year of collecting data on the… Read more

Strategic Plan 2023-2028

May 18, 2023

Friends of Casco Bay Strategic Plan 2023-2028 A printable version of this Strategic Plan is available here. Our Mission Friends of Casco Bay improves and protects the environmental health of Casco Bay. How we meet our mission Friends of Casco Bay uses an integrated approach to tackle the largest threats… Read more

Water Reporter shows brown river flowing to Bay

May 17, 2023

“April showers bring May flowers” goes the old adage. This year, however, Maine’s spring showers were particularly intense, breaking rainfall records. Stephanie Noyes lives near the mouth of the Presumpscot River, where it runs along the Portland-Falmouth border. On May 1, after a day of heavy rains, Stephanie stopped in… Read more