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Join us! Stormwater impacts and water sampling

Want to know how heavy rainfalls, like those we have experienced this summer, impact Casco Bay?

Join Friends of Casco Bay staff in South Portland on September 8 at 10 a.m. to learn about the impacts of stormwater on our local waters using both observational and scientific data.

What: Stormwater Impacts and Water Sampling
When: Friday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30  a.m.
Where: Yerxa Park725 Broadway, South Portland.
Meet in the parking lot to the left of the old Sea Dog Brewing.
RSVP:  by emailing Sara Freshley at sfreshley [at] cascobay [dot] org

At this event, Friends of Casco Bay staff will guide you through what to look for when posting to Water Reporter.

Did you know that stormwater is the largest source of pollution into Casco Bay by volume? Stormwater that flows from these outfalls can be a source of excess nitrogen. Too much nitrogen can lead to nuisance algal blooms and eelgrass decline. You can help us track pollution from stormwater pipes that empty into our coastal waters.

At this event, we will also take water samples to demonstrate the link between observational data and water quality data. Our science staff, Mike and Heather, will bring the samples back to the lab for an analysis of total nitrogen. Once we have the nitrogen data, we will follow up with attendees, comparing what we observed in the field.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thank you to L.L.Bean, Ferris Olson Family Foundation for Ocean Stewardship, Allagash Brewing Company, and our members for their support of our Water Reporter program.