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Presumscot River Creates a Brown Bay

Stormwater: the Largest Source of Pollution into Casco Bay

October 12, 2017

MS4. Unless you are a civil engineer or a municipal public works director charged with dealing with discharge permits, you may not know that “MS4” stands for municipal separate storm sewer systems (called MS4 because “s” is repeated four times). An MS4 is a system of storm drains, pipes, or… Read more

Sewage Treatment Plant courtesy of Portland Water District

Historic Agreement to Cut Nitrogen by 20-40%

October 12, 2017

Imagine if we could remove 500 to 1,000 pounds of excess nitrogen from the Bay each day. An historic effort by Portland Water District may do just that! After nearly a year of work, the Portland Water District and Friends of Casco Bay developed an agreement aimed at reducing nitrogen… Read more

Cathy L. Ramsdell, CPA, CGMA, Executive Director

Portland Pesticides Testimony

October 12, 2017

Friends of Casco Bay Executive Director Cathy Ramsdell Provided testimony to Portland City Council’s Transportation and Sustainability Committee supporting the Pesticide Use Ordinance drafted by the Committee and also identified areas of concern. Read more

Working With . . . the Portland Pesticides Task Force

May 30, 2017

In 2001, Research Associate Mike Doan stood in the pouring rain to capture stormwater as it gushed into Back Cove. He repeated this soggy task dozens of times all around the rim of Casco Bay. Lab analyses of those jars of water he collected identified 9 different pesticides in 14… Read more

Working With . . . the Portland Water District

May 30, 2017

Major changes planned by the Portland Water District promise to help reduce the flow of nitrogen-laden wastewater in a big way. The effluent from 65,000 Portland residents, as well as visitors and commercial facilities in the city, passes through the East End Wastewater Treatment Plant. With a $12-million upgrade to… Read more

MOCA Partners

Working With . . . MOCA Partners

May 30, 2017

Climate researchers have found that the ocean absorbs about 25% to 30% of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from smokestacks and tailpipes. When this excess carbon dioxide mixes with water, it can make the water more acidic. This is called ocean acidification. More excess carbon dioxide can end… Read more