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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

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Harpswell sunset. Photo by Stephen G. Hobson “To be hopeful means to be uncertain about the future, to be tender toward possibilities, to be dedicated to change all the way down to the bottom of your heart.” – Rebecca Solnit

10 Ways to Get Ready for Earth Day

April 17, 2024

Earth Day is on Monday, April 22, 2024. Here at Friends of Casco Bay, while every day is an opportunity to advocate for and protect clean waters and healthy communities, Earth Day is our reminder that collectively we can take positive actions to help nature and inspire hope. In this spirit, here are 10 ways to show… Read more

distress flare, marine flare billowing orange smoke on water surface

Got Flares? Expired Marine Flare Disposal Day on Saturday, April 13

April 10, 2024

If you’re a boater with expired or used marine flares lying around, please don’t toss them in the trash or ocean. Dispose of marine flares properly with the help of the Maine Fire Marshal and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Expired Marine Flare Disposal Day Saturday, April 13 9 a.m.… Read more

Coffee with the Casco Baykeeper Eelgrass

Join us for Coffee with the Casco Baykeeper: Eelgrass

April 1, 2024

Join us on Thursday, April 25 for our last Coffee with the Casco Baykeeper event of the season. This time we’ll be talking about our eelgrass pilot project. Like coral reefs, eelgrass meadows provide a variety of critical services for our oceans and planet: • Nursery habitat for fish, lobster, horseshoe crabs, and other shellfish •… Read more

PFAS can be found in many common products

10 Things We’ve Learned About PFAS in Casco Bay

March 29, 2024

Last updated: April 17, 2024 Concerns about PFAS have surfaced as more of Maine’s lands and waters are tested. Before 2023, no one had gathered samples from the marine waters of Casco Bay yet. Last year, Friends of Casco Bay and Bigelow Laboratories for Ocean Sciences partnered up to test… Read more

Coffee with the Casco Baykeeper webinar on PFAS

Coffee with the Casco Baykeeper: PFAS video

March 20, 2024

In this video from our Coffee with the Casco Baykeeper series, Ivy Frignoca and Community Organizer Sara Freshley have a casual early morning conversation about our partnership with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences to sample for PFAS in Casco Bay. Ivy shares insights from what we learned during our first year of PFAS monitoring in Casco Bay. Sara… Read more

PFAS Sampling Results in Casco Bay

March 15, 2024

From the deck of our Casco Baykeeper boat R/V Joseph E. Payne, science staff from our organization and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences collected more than 100 PFAS samples at 18 sites across Casco Bay in 2023. This is the most complete dataset yet of the concentrations of PFAS pollutants, so-called… Read more