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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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A different Friends of Casco Bay event

July 6, 2020

We would love for you to join us. On Monday, July 27, 2020, we invite you to join us for a special online event. Celebrating Water – 30 Years of Friends of Casco Bay A Film, A Poem, and A Conversation with Gary Lawless We each feel connected to Casco… Read more

What’s green, microscopic, and makes ½ our oxygen?

July 1, 2020

What’s green, microscopic, and makes half of the oxygen we breathe? Phytoplankton, the tiny algae at the base of the food chain, that’s what! Measurements of chlorophyll — the green pigment that enables plants and algae to photosynthesize — provide an estimate of how much phytoplankton are in our coastal… Read more

Add us to your safe senders list to stay up-to-date on Casco Bay

June 29, 2020

We know you love Casco Bay and want to stay up-to-date about our work to protect the health of our coastal waters. Please consider taking 5 minutes to “safelist” us and help ensure you always receive emails from us. Safelisting is tech-jargon for telling your email service that you always… Read more

30 years of success protecting the Bay

June 25, 2020

We were delighted to have more than 80 Friends of the Bay join us for our 30th Anniversary Members Annual Meeting on June 16. As Executive Director Cathy Ramsdell said during the event, we only wish we could have held it in person. If you missed the event — or… Read more

Group Community Service Projects Suspended

June 24, 2020

Following Center for Disease Control guidance, we have suspended organizing in-person community service activities for the time being. We will update this webpage when we are able to resume such activities. There are two ways you can continue to volunteer your time to help Casco Bay: have your own mini… Read more

A statement of solidarity and support

June 11, 2020

Casco Bay belongs to everyone. This is more than just a phrase to those of us who work at Friends of Casco Bay. We work to improve and protect the health of this special place for everyone. Like you, we are deepening our conversations with one another as a group… Read more