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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.

Offshore Wind: Revisit the Conversation and Comment

April 8, 2022

How might offshore wind impact Maine’s coastal waters? Will offshore wind affect Casco Bay?  We explored these questions and more at Winds of Change: Offshore Wind and Climate Change, A Casco Bay Matters Event. At the event Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca moderated a panel of experts who provided an overview… Read more

Cover photo: Photograph by Kevin Morris


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Nabbing Nitrogen; Preparing for the Nab

July 28, 2022

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Nabbing Nitrogen: Join Our Clean Water Act Day of Action!

July 27, 2022

Volunteer Signups for Nabbing Nitrogen have closed. Thank you to all who signed up! Join us to Nab Nitrogen in Portland Harbor, on Sunday morning, August 7! You will help us collect water samples around the Harbor to create a snapshot of nitrogen conditions and we need your help. Picture… Read more

Test post for No Umbrella Media

July 15, 2022

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Casco Bay’s years-long fight against pollution buoyed by new stormwater rules

July 12, 2022

The Clean Water Act had a transformative effect on the watershed after it was first passed. With new state permitting regulations, it can again. Exclusive to the Portland Press Herald, by Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca As the country celebrates the 50th anniversary of Maine Sen. Edmund Muskie’s masterpiece, the Clean Water… Read more

Clean Water Act Stormwater Permit Will Dramatically Reduce Pollution

June 28, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2022 Contact: Robby Lewis-Nash, Staff Writer Friends of Casco Bay (413) 695-3306 robbylewisnash [at] cascobay [dot] org Clean Water Act Stormwater Permit Will Dramatically Reduce Pollution As the Clean Water Act turns 50, much needed updates to a key stormwater permit in Maine will go… Read more

No Poop in the Bay: Friends of Casco Bay Relaunches Pumpout Program

May 31, 2022

We are excited to announce that we are relaunching our Pumpout Program. After a 2-year hiatus, our pumpout vessel, Headmaster, is back in the water and is being captained by our newest staff member, Pumpout Coordinator Chris Gilday. “After working as a commercial fisherman for decades, I know firsthand how… Read more