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Listening to Casco Bay: the Clean Water Act, Climate Change, and More

We recently hosted an informative and thought provoking conversation at Listening to Casco Bay: the Clean Water Act, Climate Change, and More. 

Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca and Staff Scientist Mike Doan walked us through our latest data on the health of the Bay and shared their observations from the 2022 field season. Here is a recording of the full event for those of you who were not able to attend or want to revisit the conversation.

If you don’t have time to watch the full recording, here are a few key moments you may want to check out:

In this 2 minute clip, Mike presents 30 years of watertemperature data that show Casco Bay is warming at a rapid rate. Casco Bay has warmed by more than 3 degrees fahrenheit over the past three decades. “This increase in temperature affects everything we do,” says Mike.

 

 

In this 5 minute clip, Mike shared temperature and dissolved oxygen data we collected from the Presumpscot River this summer. The Presumpscot is the largest river that flows into Casco Bay.

 

 

 

In this 4 minute clip, Ivy helps us understand how the Clean Water Act is structured to prevent pollution. “In essence, the Clean Water Act says: thou shall not pollute, unless you have a permit to do so,” says Ivy.

P.S. You can listen to the Bay yourself by checking out data from our Continuous Monitoring Stations.