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We are water, we are the Bay

December 1, 2021

Dear Friends of Casco Bay, Gulf of Maine poet Gary Lawless read his poem, “For Casco Bay, for Us,” for the first time to a live crowd at former Executive Director Cathy Ramsdell’s retirement party in August. The poem has been echoing in my ear since then. Gary reminds us… Read more

From Casco Bay to Glasgow: UN climate talks

November 16, 2021

Last Saturday marked the conclusion of the United Nations’ climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland. For the past two weeks, leaders from around the world convened to negotiate plans and intensify efforts to combat the climate crisis. Called COP26, this was the 26th meeting of the “Conference of the Parties,” the nations… Read more

Friends’ Volunteers Document Eelgrass Mystery

November 12, 2021

  Water Reporters up and down Casco Bay have been documenting an increase of torn and uprooted eelgrass washing ashore from mid-August through September. Falmouth Town Landing, Broad Cove, Wolfe’s Neck, and Maquoit Bay are among the locations where Water Reporters have encountered piles of this ecologically vital, ribbon-like seagrass. Eelgrass… Read more

What did we see on the Bay this summer?

November 3, 2021

Last week over 165 Friends of the Bay joined Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca and Staff Scientist Mike Doan online at our latest Casco Bay Matters Event: What Casco Bay Is Telling Us. Here is a recording of the event for those of you who were unable to attend or would like to revisit the… Read more

Maine’s Largest Wastewater Treatment Facility Keeps 1.5 Million Pounds of Nitrogen Out of the Bay

October 26, 2021

Following plant upgrades and improved techniques at Portland’s East End Wastewater Treatment Facility in 2017, struggling eelgrass beds near the facility’s discharge outfall have rebounded and we have observed a decline in nuisance algal blooms in lower Back Cove. Portland’s East End Wastewater Treatment Facility, the largest treatment plant in… Read more

You’re invited: What Casco Bay is Telling Us

September 29, 2021

Casco Bay is changing and changing quickly. Join Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca and Staff Scientist Mike Doan for a conversation about what Casco Bay is telling us and what we, as a community, need to do moving forward. On Wednesday, October 27, grab your lunch, log on to Zoom, and… Read more