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Collecting Data to Help Protect the Health of Casco Bay

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What we have learned from 25 years of water quality data

December 6, 2017

Since 1992, more than 650 volunteers have gotten their hands wet in our Citizen Stewards Water Quality Monitoring Program, complementing the work of our staff scientists in assessing the environmental health of Casco Bay. This science is the foundation of much of our community engagement and advocacy efforts. Volunteer Citizen… Read more

Back Cove August 2nd, 2017

Our “Slime Watchers” Are Keeping an Eye on the Bay

October 12, 2017

If you have ever thought about buying a drone but could not figure out what to use it for, take a lesson from Deb Dawson, a professional photographer and one of our volunteer water quality monitors. This past summer, Deb took her talents to even greater heights—right over Back Cove… Read more

Continuous Monitoring Station

Monitoring a Changing Casco Bay 365 Days a Year

October 12, 2017

Covered with sea squirts, sea stars, and other marine hitchhikers, the newest member of our monitoring team looks like an abandoned lobster trap. It may be homely, but we are pretty impressed with what it does, collecting water quality data hourly, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It… Read more

Nabbing Nitrogen results

Nabbing Nitrogen Flash Mob: What We Learned

May 30, 2017

On Sunday morning, July 10th, 2016, at precisely 10:10 a.m., 97 people knelt down along the edge of Portland Harbor and scooped up small vials of water from Casco Bay. They were not praising Poseidon—they were Nabbing Nitrogen. A recent heavy rain had flushed a surge of stormwater into the… Read more

Interactive Casco Bay Health Index

Interactive Health Index

May 22, 2017

Friends of Casco Bay has developed the Casco Bay Health Index, an easy-to-interpret, visual guide to the health of the Bay. The Index allows us to integrate data from selected water quality parameters into a single value to compare and rank each site as Good, Fair, or Poor.   Now… Read more

2016 Casco Bay Health Index

Casco Bay Health Index – Updated with 2016 data

January 30, 2017

  Friends of Casco Bay has developed the Casco Bay Health Index, an easy-to-interpret, visual guide to the health of the Bay. The Index allows us to integrate data from selected water quality parameters into a single value to compare and rank each site as Good, Fair, or Poor. Overall,… Read more