News & Updates

EPA Awards Casco Bay with Annual Grant Funding to Improve Water Quality

BOSTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $630,000 grant to the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, which is housed at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The funds will go towards efforts to reduce nutrient pollution; protect and restore key habitats and improve resilience and community education around the Casco Bay […]

September 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|

CBEP In the News

9/14/17, Lewiston Sun Journal, “Improved Fish Passage Insures Brook Trout Return to Brandy Brook”

3/21/17, The Portland Forecaster, ‘Wharfside Stories help unwrap history of Portland’s working waterfront

3/6/17, Portland Press Herald, Chebeague Island native’s the driving force behind new aquaculture festival

2/26/17, Seacoast Online, Wharfside Series

2/3/17, South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Sentry, Conservation commission plans public forum

12/19/16, Portland Press […]

September 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Casco Bay Climate Change Vulnerability Report

The new Casco Bay Climate Change Vulnerability Report, authored by CBEP, Natural Choices and Waterview Consulting, contains sections on climate trends in the Casco Bay region, management of climate risks, and a climate adaptation resource guide for Casco Bay communities. Here is the Report,  a Summary Report and a fact sheet.

August 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Legacy Pollutants Declining in Casco Bay

A new report commissioned by CBEP suggests some good news for Casco Bay: Concentrations of legacy pollutants – heavy metals and organic compounds such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) – tend to be declining. The Casco Bay Sediment Assessment 1991 – 2011, prepared by Ramboll Environ for CBEP, is available here.

April 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Casco Bay Sediment Assessment Fact Sheet

The 2017 Casco Bay Sediment Report and associated fact sheets can be found here. The Casco Bay Sediment Assessment 1991 – 2011, prepared by Ramboll Environ for CBEP, analyzed results from sediment monitoring of Casco Bay that was conducted from 1991 through 2011.

April 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

CBEP Increasing Public Engagement Efforts

One of the primary goals in the updated Casco Bay Plan (2016-2021) is to “Foster resilient communities and their connections to Casco Bay.” To that end, CBEP hired Victoria Boundy as the new Community Engagement Coordinator. Victoria will work collaboratively with CBEP partners to increase public engagement in the Bay through promoting sense of […]

November 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Bates College and CBEP collaborated on Ecogeomorphology study

In conjunction with the recent New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference Annual Meeting, Bates College and CBEP produced a report, “The ecogeomorphology of two salt marshes in midcoast Maine: Natural history and human impacts,” which is available on the Publications page.

November 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

CBEP funding for Presumpscot Regional Land Trust featured in Maine Sunday Telegram

Grant funding from the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership Habitat Protection Fund has supported PRLT’s successful efforts to establish the Mill Brook Preserve in Westbrook.  The growing conservation area has been made possible thanks to the generosity of local residents, who are donating land to PRLT because they want to see the stream corridor protected […]

April 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|

After-School Aquaculture Program piloted on Long Island

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, the Island Institute, and Long Island Elementary School collaborated in Spring 2016 to launch an After-School Aquaculture Program. The program introduced K-5 students to aquaculture in an engaging, hands-on way through creative and thought-provoking activities. More information about the After-School Aquaculture Program and photos from sessions are available here.

April 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|

New climate reports for the Casco Bay Region

Climate Trends in the Casco Bay Region (click on title to read full report), completed in conjunction with the Casco Bay Plan 2016-2021, summarizes the latest science on climate stressors such as intense storms, sea level rise, and ocean acidification. Climate Adaptation Resource Guide for Casco Bay Communities (click on title to read guide) offers municipal […]

January 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|