Casco Bay News



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.

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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.

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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.

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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 place,

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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.

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New climate reports for the Casco Bay Region

Climate Adaptation Resource Guide for Casco Bay Communities (click on title to read guide) offers municipal officials, community groups and others an overview of who is doing what around Casco Bay to foster climate preparedness. Thanks to Marina Schauffler of Natural Choices for her work on these documents.

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