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Casco Bay Matters

What is Casco Bay Matters?

We host periodic presentations and panel discussions on issues of current concern though our Casco Bay Matters series, which are open to the public.

The purpose of our Casco Bay Matters series is to provide an opportunity for concerned citizens and local decision makers to learn about and discuss issues affecting the health of our coastal waters. 

We have found that leading such community discussions can launch efforts that change pollution laws or practices. A forum we held in 2002 on Pollution Solutions to Cruise Ship Discharges led to state legislators enacting a law to prohibit the discharge of gray water (from large passenger vessels’ sinks and galleys) in Maine marine waters and to the EPA designating Casco Bay as a No Discharge Area, which prevents large ships from releasing vessel sewage within three miles of shore. Even as Portland has become one the most popular cruise ship destinations, with about 100 ship visits each year, we are the most protected harbor in the nation from cruise ship pollution. We hosted Casco Bay Is at Risk in 2014. There, a panel discussed threats to Casco Bay’s ecosystem from acidifying coastlines, invading green crabs, dwindling clam populations, and disappearing nurseries of the sea, all issues that scientists and legislators are working to address.

Here is a summary of our most recent Casco Bay Matters Event:

Ocean Acidification, Climate Change, and You: A Casco Bay Matters Event

February 8, 2019

Climate change is affecting the health of Casco Bay faster than anyone could have predicted. Warming temperatures and increasing acidity threaten the ocean and the livelihoods of those who depend on the sea. Research is showing that changes in our coastal waters from climate change are putting lobstering, clamming, and… Read more

Cover photo: Photograph by Kevin Morris

 

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Coastal Cleanup at Bug Light Park

August 7, 2019

September is World Cleanup Month. Join us at Bug Light Park for a Coastal Cleanup! When: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9 AM – Noon Where: Bug Light Park RSVP using the form below. Questions? Email Sarah at slyman [at] cascobay [dot] org Do you want to help keep Casco Bay… Read more

Enter to Win a One of a Kind Surfboard and Help Us Keep Casco Bay Blue

July 29, 2019

Thank you to Allagash Brewing Company, Grain Surfboards, and Neto Shapes for teaming up to create a one-of-kind surfboard to help keep Casco Bay blue. Raffle tickets are $10 each or six tickets for $50. Use the form below to purchase tickets. All proceeds of the raffle support our work to improve… Read more

And how is your summer going?

July 23, 2019

Summer is going swimmingly here at Friends of Casco Bay, and we have a lot of good news to share: Our priority legislative bill to create a state-level Climate Change and Ocean Acidification Council was incorporated nearly word-for-word into the Governor’s comprehensive Climate Change Council bill. An Act to Promote… Read more

Our growing observing network on Casco Bay

July 11, 2019

Yesterday was the first anniversary of our launching Friends of Casco Bay’s Water Reporter effort. To date, 162 volunteers have made more than 500 posts. We call that a great start! A standing-room only crowd of 37 Friends of the Bay gathered in South Portland on June 24th for an informal training on… Read more

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Water Reporters: you are a growing observing network on Casco Bay

July 10, 2019

Water Reporters, this is your reference for using the Water Reporter app. It summarizes the topics covered at the Water Reporter training event held in June 2019. We are so pleased to see how volunteers like you are having an impact by being Water Reporters. Types of Water Reporter Posts… Read more

Maine takes a BIG step forward to address climate change

June 20, 2019

We have good news to share: on June 19, 2019, the Maine Legislature passed LD 1679, Governor Janet Mills’ bill to establish the Maine Climate Council. We fervently supported the Governor’s bill because it focuses on the root causes of climate change and recognizes that we must act now to… Read more